If your garage is bursting at the seams like mine, any sort of convenient contraption that helps save space (and lets you cram in another bike!) is always worth a look. The Condor Garage Dolly is just such a device. Roll or ride your bike onto the Dolly, and the front wheel locks into a Condor Wheel Chock (similar to the one it sells separately for parking your bike upright or securing it in a truck or trailer). Now your motorcycle is secured upright on the Dolly, and you can roll it on the Dolly’s four large, hard-rubber swivel casters in any direction—even sideways—into a location flat against a wall, in front of or behind a car or right alongside other motorcycles. Upright bikes take up less space than when they’re leaning on a sidestand, and even if your bike has a centerstand, maneuvering it into a tight spot is easier with the Garage Dolly.
Unlike cheap imitations, the Condor Garage Dolly is very well made from heavy-duty aluminum and steel, yet it weighs just 80 pounds on the Rider scale. The unit folds nearly flat, so it can be stored on its side or hung on a wall. Since the fore-and-aft location of the pivoting cradle that grabs the back of your bike’s front wheel is adjustable, the Dolly can accommodate front wheel sizes from 14 to 22 inches. The length of the platform is also adjustable from 90 to 94 inches, so it can hold sportbikes, cruisers and heavyweight touring bikes up to 1,300 pounds, as long as they measure less than 94 inches from the front of the front tire to the rear axle. The platform is 12 inches wide, and the wheel brackets are the widest parts at 22.5 inches across.
Assembling the Garage Dolly was easy and only required a few open-end wrenches and about 45 minutes, about a third of which was unpacking everything. The unit rolls easily in any direction without a load—to lock it in place for loading or unloading you just twist the four large rubber brakes up or down. They held it fast even on our polished cement shop floor. I found it quite easy to ride several of our test bikes onto the platform, into the chock and dismount, including a 670-pound Yamaha FJR1300, the biggest bike we had around at the time.
Once loaded, the chock held the bike securely on the Dolly and it was still reasonably easy to roll around, even over cracks and low thresholds, though the casters sometimes needed to be persuaded into position with a foot for sharper turns. Large holes in the wheel brackets provide ready attachment points for tie-down straps for extra security. Removing the bike from the chock takes a sharp tug and well-planted feet, so if you’re shorter or your bike is tall consider getting Condor’s pair of bolt-on footrests, which make it easier to get on and off the motorcycle and remove it from the Dolly. Photos are on the website.
Condor also offers a Garage Dolly Extension for extra-long bikes, and just about every kind of chock, lift and ramp you can imagine for storing and transporting motorcycles. The Condor Garage Dolly carries a 1-year warranty and costs $444 plus shipping.
For more information, call (800) 461-1344 or visit condor-lift.com.