OK, so it may not be the 6061 T6 aluminum museum piece that the Easy Wheeler was, but it’s just as solid. This baby is 14 lbs. of perfectly welded, powder-coated steel plate.
It has four double-sealed bearings that use stainless steel hex screws to hold down removable bearing housing caps, and they look just like miniature versions of the same that we used on monster pulp and paper machines back when I worked in the machine shop.
The 6061 aluminum is still used for the rollers, just like the original Easy Wheeler, and they’re curved so the wheel naturally rolls towards the center, on to the knurling.
The ramp and the back plate of the Easy Wheeler II aren’t just welded on; they fit in a tongue-and-groove machined into the chassis side plates! Dinosaurs will be roaming the planet again before this thing comes apart.
And they’ll probably trip over one….
It also has full-length rubber strips on the base of each side plate, to keep it firm as you’re wheeling the motorcycle up and over.
To top it all off, the ramp is covered in a sandpaper-like piece of traction-grip.
The Easy Wheeler II includes stainless steel, 1/2″ hex drive nuts on either side, reverse threaded to ensure that the rear tire is turned in the right direction for lubing the chain, just like its Billet Brother.
Also, pulling the wheel towards the front of the bike ensures that the roller is pushing the wheel forward under the weight of the bike, rather than pulling it backward. This gives the roller better traction.
The rollers turn nice and easy, with either a 1/2″ drive ratchet or in a drill chuck.
We don’t have a 1/2″ battery-powered drill in the garage, but here’s a tip: take a 1/4″ drive, 1/2″ (or 13 mm) socket and mount it on a short 1/4″ drive extension. You can chuck the 1/4″ extension in a 3/8″ drill and it works!
That’s what we’re using in the video (below).
Easy Wheeler recommends using a piece of wood under the side stand, if necessary, to keep the bike from leaning too far over.
I always have a hunk of 2×8 laying around in the garage anyway for this purpose and you can see it in the photos below and in the video.
From “R.B.” (3/10): “Based on your review, I bought an Easy Wheeler II. It’s expensive but, in my opinion, worth every penny.
I didn’t have to muscle the bike on/ off the stand and I never remotely felt that I might drop my bike. I did need a piece of wood to avoid the bike leaning too far over on the kickstand but I expected that.
The rollers turn smoothly with a near effortless crank of a ratchet wrench and there is no side-to-side movement of the bike’s wheels as the rollers turn. This is beautifully engineered machine art and I highly recommend it.”