Bike Grab Wheel Chock
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycles seem to flow in and out of the
webBikeWorld garage in an endless stream and in various
states of repair.
The logistics of transporting
all of these bikes and equipment was getting out of
hand, so it was time to get a nice, heavy-duty trailer
of our own.
There are about as many different trailers as their
are motorcycle brands, but I decided on a smallish 4' by
8' flatbed because of its versatility for hauling all
sorts of equipment, including ATVs, riding lawnmowers
and other toys.
The only problem with a flatbed was that I'd have to
find a wheel chock that could be bolted to the trailer
floor and removed when necessary.
Some of the
local track day specialists recommended the Bike-Grab,
and after considering various alternatives, I ordered
one from Driven Gear, the U.S. distributor.
I'm especially fond of dual or multi-purpose devices,
and the Bike-Grab certainly fits that description.
It can be used in the garage as a front or rear wheel
chock, as a place to park a motorcycle (it can also
be permanently mounted to a floor), as a front
or rear wheel stand to hold a motorcycle in place for
maintenance and repair, and also for hauling a
motorcycle on our flatbed trailer.
The Bike-Grab wheel chock doesn't seem to be as well
known in the U.S.A. as it is in the U.K. The
originally designed in England and it's still made
there, along with the Tommy Jack and the Bike Lift.
The Bike Lift is a very unique motorcycle lift, and
we'll be reporting on it in an upcoming webBikeWorld
I'm always appreciative of good engineering and design,
and the Bike-Grab is no exception. Someone must
have spent a lot of time and effort to develop this
unique product and to also have the motivation and
wherewithal to bring it to market.
The Bike-Grab is made from heavy steel tubing; I
measure it at 1.712" diameter (43.5 mm). I'm assuming
that this is metric sized 43 mm tube, because the
nearest ANSI tube size would probably be 1.750".
The extra half-millimeter or so is probably the
thickness of the powder coating.
In any case, it's
hefty stuff and not likely to bend, warp or break.
In fact, Quasar Products Limited (UK), the manufacturers
of the Bike-Grab, offer a lifetime warranty and a 30-day
money back guarantee on all of their products.
The Bike-Grab wheel chock is easy to use. After
the metal side plates are adjusted to fit the front
tire, the motorcycle can be rolled on (or off) the chock
by pushing it up and over the short front ramp.
There are two rubber
cushions under the
square-tube wing-like supports located on either side.
The bumpers help to
keep the Bike-Grab from sliding when the motorcycle's
front tire first hits the ramp.
However, the two small rubber cushions don't provide
enough friction to prevent the Bike-Grab from sliding on
the concrete floor in our garage. I think more
rubber under the round tubing that runs underneath the
ramp would probably help to keep it in place.
I may try gluing a section of an old inner tube underneath to
see if this helps. In the meantime, an old piece of vinyl
flooring (see photo) or carpet serves to hold the
Bike-Grab in place.
View from underneath the trailer, showing the
central box section spine and revised Bike-Grab
mounting bolts (yellow arrows).
Photo 3: The
central mounting holes (yellow arrows)
interfered with the frame of the trailer.
We drilled two 3/8" holes (blue arrows) on
either side to secure the Bike-Grab to the
Photo 3: Optional
mounting plate. The Bike Grab slides in and is
secured using the bolt.
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The Bike-Grab includes two metal side plates that are
used to hold the motorcycle tire in place.
The plates can be adjusted for tires from 80 to
200 mm wide, although an optional set of top plates is
recommended for tires less than 100 mm in width.
The optional plates (not shown) bolt to the top of
the Bike Grab with U-shaped clamps (supplied).
They can be installed and then rotated out of the way if
necessary when not needed.
Four carriage bolts (two on
either side, supplied by the manufacturer) hold the
plates in place. The width is adjusted by loosening the Nylock
nuts to move the plates in and out using the scale on the front of the ramp
to adjust to the correct tire width.
Bike-Grab can be used on either the front or rear tire,
although some motorcycle rear fenders may hang too low
to allow the bike to fit. The Bike-Grab works
great in the garage or shop for holding the motorcycle
Once the front wheel is dropped
down into the chock, the bike is very secure.
Some side-to-side movement is apparent if the motorcycle
is pushed, but I can literally
shake the bike back and forth very hard and it stays in
Video clips and
photographs are available on the Quasar and the Driven Gear (U.S.A.
distributor) websites that illustrate the sturdiness of
a motorcycle when secured in the Bike-Grab chock.
The neat thing about the product is its ability to
be used as a front wheel chock on a motorcycle
trailer. Two 3/8" diameter holes are
pre-drilled into the Bike-Grab's mounting plate, and
these can be used
to mount it on the floor of a trailer.
trailer has a box section central spine that runs down
the center underneath the floorboards, and we didn't
want to drill through it for mounting.
Update: We first mounted the wheel chock by
drilling a 3/8" diameter
hole through the square tube support arms on either
side of the Bike-Grab. We used corresponding 3/8"
diameter hex bolts to attach it to the floor of the
motorcycle trailer (see photo 3).
The only problem with this was
that the square tube supports are welded to the round
tubing of the Bike-Grab at a slight angle, to
provide the elevation necessary for the motorcycle tire
and wheel to drop down into the Bike-Grab for security.
When we tightened the bolts, the unit was drawn down to the
floor of the trailer, decreasing the height and somewhat
diminishing the security of the chock.
We tightened up the bolts just enough to hold the
Bike-Grab securely without having to draw the square
tube supports directly down on to the trailer floor, and
we used a lock washer over a 3/8" diameter flat washer to
make sure the nut remained on the bolt.
The trailer was used several times to tow motorcycles
with the Bike-Grab mounted this way and we experienced
Since then, we learned that a mounting plate is
available that is specifically designed to solve this
problem (see photo 4).
The plate is mounted to the
trailer bed with four 3/8" bolts; we used 2-1/2" long
bolts with flat washers under the bolt head and the Nylock nut, along with a lock washer just in case.
The Bike-Grab then slips in to the mounting plate and
is attached with a single bolt at the rear. This
provides a very secure mounting system, and it also
makes it easier to remove the Bike-Grab from the trailer
So if your trailer has a metal spine running down the
center, as many do, the optional mounting plate is
The Bike-Grab has a lifetime guarantee. But
there really doesn't seem to be anything that could go
wrong with the device, because there are no moving
parts, so I'm not really worried about having to make
Once we figured out how to mount the Bike-Grab on the
trailer we had no other problems. It's very easy
for an individual to roll the motorcycle up on to the
flatbed trailer with its big, wide ramp (although it's
always nice to have help).
One of the advantages
of using the Bike-Grab as a wheel chock on a trailer is
that once the motorcycle is in place, you can walk
around and secure it with your ratchet straps without
needing an extra set of hands to hold the bike.
is important to make sure the side plates are adjusted
correctly and that they are bolted down. This
helps to ensure that the motorcycle tire is held with
the least amount of play and helps the bike to remain
upright when in the chock.
The Bike-Grab requires a slightly different tie down technique
for securing the motorcycle on the trailer. I
followed the guidelines and photographs on the Quasar website
(see below) and also
the article by Chris Edwards on the Mid-Atlantic Ducati
Owners club website ("Tie
Down Po' Boy Style" in the Articles section).
Chris also uses a Bike-Grab and a similar flatbed
trailer to transport his Ducati.
The general idea is to use the straps to pull the
motorcycle down and in to
the Bike-Grab's cradle. One of
the advantages of using a Bike-Grab is that the motorcycle can be secured by
running the straps over the axle on each side of the
forks, rather than over the triple clamp, which places a load
on the motorcycle's springs.
We use a second set of
straps attached to the frame, located near a low region
around the footpegs,
again pulling the bike forward and down into the
It took some getting used to, but we've successfully
used this method for hauling motorcycles over several
hundred miles so far on some rough roads and at speeds
up to 70+ MPH on the Interstate without problems.
This method minimizes
the loads placed on the motorcycle's suspension and
springs and helps prevent deformation of the forks and
any suspension wheel alignment problems.
Just remember that every motorcycle is different and
what works for us may not work for you. Read the
directions, do some research on how to transport
Motorcycle Trailers page is a good place to start)
and seek help from motorcycle owners who have lots of
We really like the Bike-Grab; it's versatile, well made
and ingenious. The price is reasonable also,
especially considering it has multiple uses.
wish there were more options for securing it to a
motorcycle trailer, and it could use some additional
rubber bumpers underneath to prevent it from sliding
when the motorcycle is pushed up on to the ramp.
But overall, we're pleased with the product and
especially its usefulness when used on a motorcycle
Review: Bike-Grab Motorcycle
Retail Price: $169.95 + Shipping
|Colors: Red, Silver
|Review Date: March
Comments: Works great as a front or rear wheel stand,
wheel chock and with motorcycle trailers. Well made, guaranteed
for life and 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
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