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Old 08-11-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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To Chock or not to Chock?

I'm hauling my Goldwing down to Bristol next week and was wondering if I should use my wheel chock? We have a washer and dryer in the 3605 and with the chock the bike only fits on the right side. The bike would have to be unloaded to access the garage from either door.

If I don't use the chock, I can get the bike in on a diagonal and get in the side or living area door. My thought was to use the kick stand and about 6 ratchet straps to hold it in place.

I have not hauled the wing before, so I wanted to get some thoughts on it.
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:47 PM   #2
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Personally, I'd never tow a big bike any where other than around the block without a chock... and especially not on a diagonal where I didn't have equal tie-down anchors.

That's not to say that you can't...

Now... that said... I'm wondering why you can't get your Wing in the garage normally with a chock? I've got a 3200 which has a smaller garage than yours (only 10')... and I get my Wing in just fine, sitting in my Condor chock, with my washer/dryer to the side.

Though not shown in the photo below... I have a washer/dryer combo unit that sits just to the right of the Goldwing against the wall, under the TV, where the plumbing outlets are. There's a Condor chock mounted to the floor directly in front of the sliding glass door. I can ride my Wing right up into the chock with no problems. The only thing that's different from the photo is the right handlebar tie-down anchor sits directly under the W/D unit, and exits out from underneath.

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Old 08-11-2015, 08:02 PM   #3
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Tom, On the 3605 the washer/dryer is right in the middle of the garage. There is a door on the left to the rear restroom and one on the right to the main living area. There is not enough room for the chock on the left Motorcycle Stand / Wheel Chock
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:02 PM   #4
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Jeff, I guess that would work but I'd be nervous about doing that. We also have a 3605 with the w/d combo in between the bathroom door and living area door. I mounted my Condor chock just to the left of the washer in front of the bathroom door on a slight angle, can still open the door and left enough room to slip between the washer and front bike fender to use the bathroom. I can still open the other 2 doors easily. When I load the bike I come in at a slight angle on the ramp. I also added 2 more tie downs in the floor to help hold at the different angle.
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:21 PM   #5
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Check out something like the Biker Bar (Biker Barâ„¢ - Strapless Automatic Motorcycle Removable Clamp Bar | B & W Trailer Hitches)

Should work, no straps needed, and you could bolt right through the floor. I have not used one, but I know of two buddies that use it. One only installs the bike portion when he is trailer inn, as riding would cause the piece to drag in twisty turns.

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Old 08-11-2015, 10:38 PM   #6
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I have the same model as you do with the washer.
I got two bikes in mine & towed it back to So. Dakota.
One is my 650 Burgman which isn't a large as a Goldwing. Other is my son's Victory Vision which is as large as a GW.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:41 PM   #7
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Never ever have the kickstand down.
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Have to agree with azdryheat. While you see guys trailing all the time with bikes on the stand, it is a bad practice. Every jar goes right to the frame without the benefit of any suspension. If it's the only way, it's the only way, but it would be a last resort for me. I've had to haul a ton of breakdowns (my friends all ride Harley's LOL). Always, always with a chock. I would recommend the Condor as you almost don't even have to strap, plus it's an easy removal once the bike is off-loaded. Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:24 AM   #9
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Mike, Did you use chocks? Can't tell from the pics.
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I use the B&W Biker Bar, not straps and no wheel chocks required... Handlebar is an 1.5" of the window... works great, we have put 30,000 miles on the trailer while using it.
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I'm not sure... but I don't think you can use a Biker Bar with a Goldwing. I believe requires a bike with an exposed frame, which the Wing doesn't have.
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That may be true... I have a Harley and it works great!
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:07 PM   #13
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I used this one
Motorcycle Stand / Wheel Chock

I agree Biker Bar is for a open frame bike.
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No matter what kind of chock you use the fact remains that on a 3605 with a washer/dryer combo there is not room for a big bike (at least not my Harley) directly in front of the washer, the ramp would hit the rear of the bike and you would not be able to open the washer door. If you mount it in front of the living area door then you won't get that door open or be able to use the side entrance either very easily.
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No matter what kind of chock you use the fact remains that on a 3605 with a washer/dryer combo there is not room for a big bike (at least not my Harley) directly in front of the washer, the ramp would hit the rear of the bike and you would not be able to open the washer door. If you mount it in front of the living area door then you won't get that door open or be able to use the side entrance either very easily.
Did you look at my pictures on page 1.? I sure don't know how your Harley would be larger than my son's Victory Vision?
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Well my Harley measures 106", the garage is 132" and the washer is 24", that figures out to 2" clearance left and that's before you add the chock. It's not gonna fit! If you read Jeffs first post he said his bike wouldn't fit in front of the washer either. What is your son's Victory overall length?
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104.3" and again look at my picture on page 1. It isn't parked in the center of the garage it's on the left. My 650 Burgman which is 92" is on the right. Washer sits between them.
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If one REALLY wants the bike mounted in the center, then I guess I'm missing a few things too... I mean, you're only trying to store the bike while in transit, right?

If that's correct... unless your washer/dryer is bolted to the floor or something, then just slide it to the left or right a bit while in transit. I mean... it's not that heavy, and who needs access to the 2nd bath while in transit anyway? There's nothing stating that it has to stay plugged in with hoses connected. It's only 4 connections. Power, hot, cold, drain. Takes all of 3 minutes to connect or disconnect.

Unless I'm missing something else...
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Yes I did look at the picture it doesn't show exactly where the chock is mounted. So you're saying the chock is mounted to the left of the washer? That's where I mounted mine only on a slight angle, on the left side of the washer, so the bike sits at an angle in the garage.


The washer is bolted to the floor and I wouldn't want to unbolt it, you're right it's not very heavy, I'd have to strap it or it would slide all over.
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