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Old 12-05-2017, 12:26 AM
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I had an idea tonight that I want to run by all of you. I don't have the space for a lift table in my garage, or more accurately, I don't care to make the space for one. And, I don't really trust a lot of the cheap lifts where you have to strap the bike down.

Keep in mind that I don't need lifting abilities; I just need to be able to hold the bike upright for fluid changes and some other maintenance.

So how about this? Could I just get a wheel chock and bolt it down to a 3/4-inch piece of plywood, plus install a couple of rings for tiedowns? When I need to use it, I simply roll the bike onto the plywood, put the front wheel in the chock, and tie it down.

I see no reason why this wouldn't work. It should be about the same as using a chock that's bolted to the floor, except it's bolted onto the plywood instead.

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I think it's a great idea. A buddy of mine has a setup similar to that and been using it for years. Meets the desired needs perfectly.
 
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I think it's a great idea. A buddy of mine has a setup similar to that and been using it for years. Meets the desired needs perfectly.
Thanks. The idea hit me tonight while watching a maintenance video. It occurred to me that I really didn't "need" the bike lifted, just held up straight. Lifted would be easier on the back, but this should work for me.
 
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I think I would add some 2x4 stringers underneath so that you don't warp the plywood as you tighten the tie downs.
 
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Depending on the wheel chock you use...you might need a way to secure everything to the floor so you cab=n get the bike out of the chock
 
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I think I would add some 2x4 stringers underneath so that you don't warp the plywood as you tighten the tie downs.
Great idea. Angle iron might work, too, although it might be a bit heavy.

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Depending on the wheel chock you use...you might need a way to secure everything to the floor so you cab=n get the bike out of the chock
Not sure I follow.... Once the tie straps are off, won't the bike be free to roll backwards?
 

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You could also get one of these. Won't need to bolt it down, has rubber feet up front to keep it from sliding on the floor.

https://www.harborfreight.com/1800-l...ock-61670.html
 
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I think I would add some 2x4 stringers underneath so that you don't warp the plywood as you tighten the tie downs.
This is what I was thinking. Build a frame around the plywood and put some cross members in to stiffen it up and you should be good to go.
You would want to inspect it before every use obviously. Wouldn't want one of the tie downs to pull through and let your scoot fall down.
 
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I just use a Condor Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop wheel chock. Set it on the garage floor and roll the bike onto it and get off. No ties and the bike stands straight up for service.

http://condor-lift.com/pit-stop-trailer-stop
 
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