Yes, you can use a bungee cord or a long strip of hook-and-loop, but it’s faster, easier, safer and all-around better to use the right tool for the job: the Brakefix.
Putting the bike in first gear may not hold it. I tried this with the F 800 S. Placing it in first gear, the bike will roll about 70 mm (2.75″). That’s enough to make the side stand fold over. Placing it in first gear will NOT hold the bike on a slope, but the Brakefix holds it tight.
Also, leaving the bike in gear when the bike is being trailered may not be a good idea, due to the rocking back and forth and motion of the trailer. I would absolutely not rely on the “in gear” method to hold a motorcycle steady.
Other Uses: Whenever I flush and bleed the brakes, I like to keep the front brake lever tight overnight. The pressure in the system dissolves any air bubbles left over.
Before the Brakefix, I would wrap a bungee cord around the brake lever and hand grip, but bungees are dangerous and I’d end up with grooves worn into the rubber hand grip. Plus, it can be difficult to adjust the amount of pressure on the lever.
The Brakefix is the perfect solution for that task.
The Brakefix is a simple, easy-to-use device that may just pay itself back in spades. If you’ve ever had a motorcycle roll off the side stand, you know just what I mean.
The bad news is that if you click on the link to order one, you’re taken to eBay. There, the item is $14.95… plus $7.50 shipping. Put another way, the shipping adds 50% (!!!!) to the price of the item. And that stuck in my craw sufficiently that I said, well, I can’t print that, but I didn’t order one.
At one of the dealers in the Netherlands, the thing is on sale for €8.99 (about $9.80 USD), marked down from what I think is the list price of €9.99 ($10.89 USD).
It looks like with shipping/handling/tax (I pretended to buy one, but my Dutch isn’t what it used to be) within Europe the total was €12.99 ($14.16 USD).
In some fairness to W&W, if you order a second one, the price goes up $2.00.
On the other hand, that annoyed me, too; I mean, if I order a hundred of these things, is W&W going to be losing money because, on average, I’ll be paying $2.06 shipping per unit, instead of $7.95? I doubt it.
If you have any influence with W&W, you might suggest they get real, regarding shipping on a $15 part (and one which costs about a third less across the pond, to boot).
From “C” (June 2015): “Here in Melbourne, Australia, a local motorbike transport company gave me a couple of their branded widget they use to lock the front break lever on during transport.
It is just a double-sided Velcro strap sewn to a metal D-ring. Cheap and works as good as this Brakefix thingy, which seems almost overly complicated.
Best of all, this simple Velcro strap with a D-ring can be easily made by anyone.”
Rick’s Reply: Kind of funny, you guys are totally missing the point. Yes, you could replace just about anything with a cheaper/simpler alternative.
Examples: Harbor Freight spanner instead of a Snap-On. AFX helmet instead of an Arai. Olympia gloves instead of Held. Joe Rocket jacket instead of Dainese. Work boots instead of Sidi. A Ural instead of a BMW R1200….
Yes, you can use a piece of string to do the same thing as the Brakefix.
But it’s so much nicer to use a beautifully designed tool that is just right for the job…
From “D.W.” (June 2015): “Very cool piece of kit, and I agree about side stands not being what they used to be (maybe because the bikes were so much lighter?).
I have a K1200r with a marginally better stand than your F800, and my fix was always to shift to first, and then roll the bike ‘downhill’ until I took out the transmission / shaft drive slack and then drop it on the kickstand.
That said, I didn’t learn that until I did exactly as you did- turning away and getting a few feet before hearing the spring retract noise and watching in slow motion as my shiny new(ish) ride collapsed like a wounded deer. Sadness. I’m buying a Brakefix.”