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Old 06-23-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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Question question please: moving bike around garage

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Ok, bear with me on this question. I store my bike at the back of my garage on a raised concrete platform. The garage floor itself slopes downward. Most of the time I sit on my bike and simply "walk" it up the slope and over the four inch platform and park it. Yesterday I decided to try an unmounted move and it was no big problem. I am not very tall, only around 5'5" and hence I have low leverage on a bike if I lose balance. I am considering a bit taller bike (Triumph) and the seat high is just enough that walking the bike is difficult.

The question: is there a "best" technique for manually moving bikes around? Especially is there a best way maneuvering them up a slope and rise? What I want to avoid is losing balance and dumping the bike. I almost did that the first month having my Kawa, and prefer to avoid that with a new Triumph later this year.

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Old 06-23-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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If sitting on the bike is not an option then IMHO there are only 2 courses of action.
Either find a place in the garage where it is easier to manuver or else be extra careful.
I don't know of any special technique that will eliminate the risk of dropping the bike while moving it around.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:47 PM   #3
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Just keep your hands on the grips, stay close to the bars, and focus on pushing the front wheel while keeping the bike leaned slighty towards your body.
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Just keep your hands on the grips, stay close to the bars, and focus on pushing the front wheel while keeping the bike leaned slighty towards your body.
^ pretty much. You'll get used to it and after a bit you should be able to man handle it. It just takes practice. Go work at a dealership where you have to move bikes in and out for a couple of weeks and you'll become a pro
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #5
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Could you maybe get the seat on the Triumph shaved down a hair when you get it so you can walk it around?
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Thanks, I figured just doing it is the way to learn. The dealers move bike all over the place, in and out. I have a computer type job and my upper body strength is so-so despite lifting weights and such.
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You're over thinking this whole thing. IMO you're more likely to drop the bike trying to move it around while sitting in it. Practice for a bit and you'll get it.
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I move bikes in a very particular manner and I have never dropped one.

Stand in front of the bike, as you are standing, be on the opposite side of the kickstand and leave it down. As you push the bike backwards, use your left hand to control the front brake and the bike's momentum. I hold the bike's base of the left mirror (bikes side) with my right hand for leverage. If you go to far to your left (the right side of the bike) you will be able to use your legs to push the bike as far over to the right (bike's left side) and the kickstand will catch it.

You are pushing the bike backwards, so you need to be careful with your right side (bike's left) in order to not kick the stand up if you happen to roll forward.

I have been able to move bikes with mm of each other doing this without any damage.


It's easier to show, but hope this makes sense.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:08 PM   #9
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Tojo--yes, this makes a lot of sense. Gave it a try and it works pretty slick. Thanks!
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Why not use this? Park-n-Move Motorcycle MOVER

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Tojo--yes, this makes a lot of sense. Gave it a try and it works pretty slick. Thanks!
Glad it worked for you.
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also shuffle your feet, don't cross leg over leg. easier to trip up.
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I hold the clutch side bar and put my right hand on the seat or tank,
just push, so easy!
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Moving bikes around is just something you'll have to practice and get used to. After pushing the 700lbs C14 around quite a bit, my other sportbikes feel like dirt bikes now. For backing up, I prefer to put my left hand on the handle bar and my right hand on the tank. It feels better than having to reach my right hand all the way across to reach the throttle grip.

I first saw Tojo's technique at a dealership. The tech was stacking some new gixxers that just came in inventory. Very slick. I've used it a few times when I had to move bikes out of a tight spot, but generally I try not to stack them that tight.

As for moving bikes up an incline, I've occasionally had the load my own bikes by myself up the ramp onto the trailer bed. I stand besides it and just work the clutch, throttle and front brake VERY VERY gingerly. Not the safest way of doing it and sometimes I just have no help. It is still safer than doing the same while sitting on the bike. There will be a brief distance - when the front wheel is on the incline and the rear wheel is not - when my feet will not touch ground, which is definitely not good.

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I also go up a slope in my garage but i just ride it up into my garage keeping the front brake covered ready to stop, and backing out i just ride it down the hill. Lol.
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Have a friend help you out...?

just sometime when it is close to bike storing season for you, when you have company over, size them up. hey Fred, youre a big swoll boy, can you help me in the garage a minute?

another idea would be tow straps or a winch.
i have slung tow straps.over the rafters in my garage and lifted a heavy bike off the ground
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I move bikes in a very particular manner and I have never dropped one.

Stand in front of the bike, as you are standing, be on the opposite side of the kickstand and leave it down. As you push the bike backwards, use your left hand to control the front brake and the bike's momentum. I hold the bike's base of the left mirror (bikes side) with my right hand for leverage. If you go to far to your left (the right side of the bike) you will be able to use your legs to push the bike as far over to the right (bike's left side) and the kickstand will catch it.

You are pushing the bike backwards, so you need to be careful with your right side (bike's left) in order to not kick the stand up if you happen to roll forward.

I have been able to move bikes with mm of each other doing this without any damage.


It's easier to show, but hope this makes sense.
This is also made easier when you can "curl" your bike with one arm like Mongo!
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Coast in, coast out, hollywood turn it in the designated spot.

Just kidding!

Be sure the hard part of the move is before the ride. Save the tricky maneuvering for when you are fresh from the A/C in the house, before you put your gear on. Do it with the motor off and the pipes cool.
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Grab the grips, stay on the right side and keep the kickstand down on the left. Keep good control on your brake lever if an oh , it's falling type of reaction occurs. You can typically catch the bike on the right, if it tips to the left... Kickstand will help support it until u stand it up. Otherwise, 24 hr fitness is 24 hrs.
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