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Wheeling your motorcycle into position in a crowded garage space can be very annoying; especially if you are handling a large bike with some heft.
Not only are you likely to knock into things, (who hasn’t tipped over or scrapped something they rather hadn’t when pushing their bike into place?), you can actually end up damaging your motorcycle and whatever else might be in the way.
That’s where the good old motorcycle dolly comes in. If space is limited and you want to maneuver your bike safely, a dolly is what you need.
In this review roundup, we have done the research and selected 5 of the best dollys currently on the market.
Our top pick motorcycle dolly for 2020 is this high-quality offering from Condor. Here they have taken the basic design of the traditional dolly and really thought about what every motorcycle owner needs to maximize storage space.
Used with the condor wheel chock, you can easily push your motorcycle into a secure upright position. The 4” wheels of the dolly then enable you to maneuver the bike into storage as you see fit.
Furthermore, with the patented adjustable cradle all types of motorcycles can e safely used with the Condor dolly, (as long as the wheel size is anything between 13″ to 30″ – which basically covers most motorcycles on road or track today).
The maximum load wearing the weight of 1300lbs also ensures that even the heaviest touring bikes can be wheeled into position using the Condor Dolly.
To hold everything nice and fast while wheeling your bike on and off the dolly, it features, 4 large twist -down brakes.
Build quality is taken care of through a sturdy aluminum and steel-reinforced frame. This is also lightweight at only 68lbs meaning you should not have any problems moving your motorcycle around.
For extra convenience, the dolly can be mounted against a wall when not in use. The dolly is 90″ long (expandable to 94″) with the deck size coming in at 12″ wide.
The area of the dolly where the swivel wheels are mounted comes in at 24″.
Pros of the Condor Motorcycle Garage Dolly
Holds a wide range of motorcycles (wheel size from 13” to 30”)
Large load-bearing capacity of 1300lbs
Solid aluminum and steel build with 4 secure twists down breaks
Lightweight construction can easily be mounted on the wall while not in use.
The most expensive motorcycle dolly in our top 5.
Overall the Condor motorcycle dolly is the ideal for all owners that need to maneuver their bike for storage.
Yes, the price tag is higher than most competing brands, but the high quality, universal design you are getting here is a real cut above.
If you have the budget and what the best, this is the unit to buy.
For those that do not wish to spend large sums on a secure motorcycle dolly, this unit from Black Widow will likely fit the bill.
While it doesn’t exude the same build quality as our top pick from Condor, (or any of the clever design features); this is still a dolly that will get the job done. Assuming you have the correct type of motorcycle that is.
In a manner that is a lot more restrictive than the Condor, the Black Widow Cruiser dolly is designed specifically for cruisers and choppers.
With a loading capacity of 1250ls, it is clearly in the same ballpark as the Condor. The extra-long 95” ribbed track also matches our top pick when extended fully.
Build quality is also good here considering the low price. The frame is made from 12 gauge steel and has a black powder-coated finish for added durability. Exactly what you need in a dolly designed to carry large motorcycles.
When it comes to loading the bike on and off the dolly, you just pull the ramp handles to fasten the unit in place and then push/ride the motorcycle on top.
The dolly has two pins at either end to ensure the motorcycle does not roll off the frame. There is also an adjustable kickstand plate for securing your bike into place, (this has a versatile range of 31″ with 5 different locking positions).
Heavy-duty double caster wheels take the load as you wheel your motorcycle into its final storage position.
Pros of the Black Widow CRUISER-DOLLY Chopper Motorcycle Dolly
Low budget model for maneuvering large cruisers and choppers
The high maximum load capacity of 1250lbs
Good build quality with 12 gauge steel frame
Features an integrated loading ramp with adjustable kickstand plate, and wheel safety pins
Not particularly versatile as far as bike usage goes, designed for choppers and cruisers
If you are looking for an affordable, well-built dolly to maneuver your cruiser motorcycle around the garage space, this could well be the unit for you.
It is our best budget pick for good reason in that it does its job well for the money you are paying.
That being said, anyone needing a dolly of a wider range of bike sizes, the top pick from Condor is clearly the way to go.
Here we have a simple, yet effective motorcycle dolly solution designed for a wide range of bike sizes.
With a load capacity of 1250lbs, it matches the Black Widow directly.
The unit has a low profile configuration meaning it has a lower center of gravity, (the main loading frame sits just 1-3/4″ above the ground surface).
While this is great for easy, one-person loading, if you have a garage floor with an uneven surface you may well find it awkward.
The smooth-rolling swivel casters also help with the maneuverability factor. Everything is held in place securely once the bike is mounted onto the dolly via the three-position adjustable kickstand plate.
Similar to the Black Widow reviewed above, this dolly has a powder-coated steel frame to ensure durability.
Overall dimensions come in at a much smaller size than the two dollys reviewed above, (83″ long instead of 94”) with the width and height being 30-1/2″ and 3-3/4″ respectively.
The lightweight construction comes in at 71.00 lbs.
Pros of the Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly 1250 lb. capacity
That high, 1250 lb. weight capacity matching it with our top budget pick from Black Widow
Three-position adjustable kickstand plate
Low profile design to prevent tipping and to aid one-person loading
Smooth-rolling swivel casters
The ultra low profile design can make things awkward on uneven surfaces
Overall another motorcycle dolly worthy of our top 5. Good all round build quality and design at an affordable price point too.
However, if you have an old style garage space with a vastly uneven floor space, that low profile design could cause you problems.
The BikeMaster adjustable motorcycle dolly is another simple answer to manoeuvring your bike in tight storage conditions.
The manufacturers here have actually opted for a shorter dolly so you will not be impaired by the full-length frame of over 90” as you can with our top picks from Condor and Black Widow. (This measures in at 65″ total length.)
The maximum load-bearing weight of the BikeMaster is the lowest in our top 5 being just 1,100 lbs. This is to be expected with a smaller, more convenient adjustable design, however.
Here the adjustable design means you only access the dimensions that you need for your specific bike. This is a really good system that even helps storage capacity when not in use; it is a lot more economical in that regard as it takes up less space.
The High-quality wheels and bearings ensure everything rolls around as smoothly as possible. The 8 mm heavy-duty laser-cut plate-steel, while not super heavy, will provide the long-lasting durability you need after regular use of your dolly.
A universal approach has been taken with the BikeMaster; the kickstand arm adjusts to fit most bikes sizes and configurations, (as long as the center of the rear wheel to your kickstand measure between 34 – 50”).
Pros of the BikeMaster Adjustable Motorcycle Dolly
Conveniently adjustable design that takes up less space
High-quality wheels and bearings for smooth rolling
8 mm laser-cut plate-steel for increased durability
Kickstand arm adjusts to fit most bikes (within the specified range mentioned above)
The adjustable frame means that this has the lowest maximum load in our top 5; just 1,100lbbs.
Overall the BikeMaster is a good, heard-wearing motorcycle dolly.
The adjustable nature of the design is the real selling point here, and if space is really limited in your garage, you should definitely look into this option.
What is a Motorcycle Dolly and why should you need one?
A motorcycle dolly is one of the best ways of securing your bike so that it is easy to maneuver while not in operation.
In other words, when moving your bike around a confined space (i.e your garage or workshop) in order to store it, or carry out some repairs and maintenance, using a dolly will be a huge benefit.
A good way to imagine a working dolly is that it acts like a skateboard for your motorcycle.
The long and thin platform frame is designed for your motorcycle to sit upon. Beneath this, the normal configuration is to have 4 wheels that can move in all directions.
This set up gives you the ability to push and pull the motorcycle (that is now securely sat upon the dolly) around your garage space.
In short, if you need to move a motorcycle across a garage, repair shop or sales floor, a dolly is by far the most convenient way to do so.
What to consider when buying a motorcycle dolly
So we’ve covered what a dolly does and why you might need one.
If you remain undecided on what to buy after reading the 5 reviews above, you may want to conduct your own further research.
To that end, here are some issues you consider when looking to purchase the best motorcycle dolly for you.
a) Which type of motorcycle dolly to buy
There’s actually 3 main types of motorcycle dolly you can buy; fixed, adjustable and the scissor stand.
We covered fixed and adjustable dollies above as these are the most common, and essentially the most popular. They are also the easiest to use.
Here’s a breakdown on the different types:
A fixed motorcycle dolly generally has a larger maximum load capacity because the frame is larger than an adjustable type.
The fixed configuration is often stronger and more durable too. Dollies designed for heavier bikes will, therefore, opt for a fixed design.
The trade-off is that they take up more space in storage and are slightly more cumbersome is tight spaces, (you cannot adjust the frame to take up less space).
An adjustable motorcycle dolly gets around the flaws of the fixed type by being just that; adjustable.
The configuration here will allow you to mount only the rear wheel and the kickstand.
This space-saving ability makes the adjustable dolly beneficial in tight spaces. Having rear wheel position adjustment provides greater mobility.
The main disadvantage of the adjustable type is that the maximum load-bearing capacity will generally be lower than that of a fixed model.
A scissor stand with wheels will have the lowest weight capacity of the three types.
With the many moving parts involved, lighter bikes such as mopeds, pit, and dirt bikes suit this type of dolly better.
However, you would not be advised to mount a large bike on such a dolly, especially if you intend to move the bike around with the scissor extended. That’s a tipped over motorcycle just waiting to happen.
b) Weight & Type of your motorcycle
A major consideration and one which will help you answer the question of what type of dolly to buy is the weight of your bike.
If you have a heavy cruiser style motorcycle, it would not be advised to buy an adjustable dolly with a low weight capacity.
Equally, spending substantial sums on a top grade dolly designed for large Harley Davidson motorcycles is futile if all you want to mount is a small Honda dirt bike.
Think about the weight and type of motorcycle you have and buy a dolly that is designed to match.
Is yours a crowded workspace or will you have a lot of space to move around? Do you have sufficient area to store the dolly between use, or will this be confined also?
The amount of space you have accessible for your bike and dolly is another factor to consider and will also help answer that fundamental question of what type of dolly to go for.
If space really is an issue, opt for something adjustable. If you have a heavy bike with more room to maneuver, a fixed option is recommended.
d) Build Quality
Build quality is another important factor. You will want a dolly that is made from durable materials with components that are built to last.
Aluminum combined with steel works well. Powder-coated finishes are also recommended as these will help prevent wear and tear on your dolly, while reinforcing it and making the frameless prone to rust.
Sturdy wheels are a must, while a low profile design with the inherent lower center of gravity will help reduce the chance of you tipping your bike, (especially if you plan on operating the dolly solo).