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Recommendations on a bike dolly?

Wondering if anyone is using a dolly to move your Vaq/Voyager around in the garage? Trying to decide whether to go for a dolly or perhaps just a wheeled lift instead. I'm looking for an easy way to park the bike into a corner slot of the garage.

Any recommendations or ones to avoid?

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You have a couple of options you mentioned but both have limitations. The dolly still has the bike leaning so it still takes up allot of space. the jack is a better choice, but then you have the jack sticking out one side or the other taking up space. My choice is this center jack with dolly. Holds bike up straight but still allows you to move the bike around. You can adjust the jack so the wheels just come off the ground. Plus it is a very handy tool to have when working on the bike as well. You have choices but if it was me, this would be my choice.

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Thanks RB - I had not seen one like this hunting for options online. Looks like a good compromise and versatile too. I could probably roll it into place then remove the dolly portion and use the jack as a "centerstand" for storage. Any benefits or concerns regarding a scissor jack mechanism vs hydraulic cylinder version?

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Thanks RB - I had not seen one like this hunting for options online. Looks like a good compromise and versatile too. I could probably roll it into place then remove the dolly portion and use the jack as a "centerstand" for storage. Any benefits or concerns regarding a scissor jack mechanism vs hydraulic cylinder version?
Pro: Scissor jacks will not leak hydraulic fluids and collapse. Halfway up or less, it should be very stable and easily handle any motorcycle.

Con: Scissor jacks tend to be unstable when extended most or all of the way. It's less a strength issue than a flexing one. They are very strong if not over extended. That Walmart one is rated at 1100 lbs, probably when fully extended.

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I have 2 smaller scissor jacks without wheels and love them. I'd probably would have bought the one on wheels, had I seen them. I use them a lot.
They work perfect to level the bike for checking oil etc. Also work for cleaning/waxing especially for getting the wheels off the ground. Even though 1 will pick up my Voyager I use 2 if I'm going to be working on the bike. They also store a lot easier than the hydraulic MC jacks.

That one retrobagger linked to should work perfect for turning the bike around.




One jack on wheels and one without may be the perfect setup (for working on a bike) cause I'm not sure if you could use 2 with wheels at the same time, due to the extra width.
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I'm using the Pitbull pneumatic lift. I've had it a few years and it works great. If you have an unlevel floor, it may bottom out on you. If so, you could add washers between the wheels and the lift to raise it up some. Not cheap but it's well made.

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There are several that hold the bike upright, I’m likely going to built one myself. I have a regular motorcycle jack as well.

Here is a picture of the Condor garage dolly. It’s a bit pricey, but you get the idea.

http://condor-lift.com/index.php?rou...product_id=100
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