Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly Review
I bought mine in 2007 to handle the dreaded chore of maneuvering my awkward, top-heavy first-gen Concours around my overcrowded garage. Before this godsend, I had to uncover and back out my vintage car, move the chipper shredder, then roll the Connie back and forth a half dozen times to get it away from the wall and turned around. Putting it away was even more trying. The Motorcycle Dolly solved all of that, simply and elegantly, by allowing me to roll the bike away from the wall, past the car to the garage door and then to roll it off the dolly onto the driveway.
Operation is simple. Using the handles attached to the cam-like end ramps, you rotate them downward. This lifts the main rail and its four casters about an inch off the floor and prevents the unit from rolling. Then you roll your bike up the little end ramp and onto the rail until you hit the stop pin. Put the sidestand down in the multi-position pan provided, and lean the bike to its resting position. Finally, rotate the ramps upward and roll the dolly and bike in any direction, including rotating it within its own length. The 2-inch wheels demand a smooth, even surface, but operation is easy.
I recently went to a Harbor Freight store to verify that the product was still the same as I’d purchased so many years back. Things seemed identical: Heavy-gauge, powdercoated steel rail and pan; end ramps; ball-bearing swivel casters; stop pins; and 38 sets of fasteners. Beware, assembly takes a bit of time.
In all these years, I’ve only had one incident in loading/unloading bikes from the dolly. Rotating the ramps tends to pull the whole dolly in the direction of rotation. This can cause the previously deployed ramp on the other end to rotate upwards. Believe me, you don’t want to try to get your bike on or off this thing with ANY of the four main casters in contact with the floor. I put a latching device on one end to lock that ramp in the down position. I wish they’d integrate that idea into any product upgrade.
Harbor Freight claims a 1,250-pound capacity. The rail is just shy of 8 inches wide. Length between the stop pins is claimed as 75.5 inches. Mine is actually 76.25 inches and just fit my Connie’s 61.2-inch wheelbase. According to the numerous, mostly 5-star, product comments on the Harbor Freight website, people with longer bikes typically omit the stop pins to utilize the rail’s full 83-inch length.
Priced at $99.95, this unit is often on sale. I’ve seen it as low as $69.95. I paid full boat and would gladly have paid twice that. As far as I’m concerned it’s the best piece of motorcycle-related equipment I’ve ever purchased.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: See your local Harbor Freight store or visit harborfreight.com