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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
       
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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
      I have the same stand and I bought it on sale at Harbor Freight. The wheel on the bike is too wide. I cut the holder that "flips up" in half lengthways and welded a 1in. piece in to make it wider. Works like a champ. I mounted mine in a trailer and love how it works.
       
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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
      I don't own one but i saw that one user cut two little plywood fillers and laid them inside the stand. That may help
       
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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
      Go with Wheeldock. I had issues with HF as well and finally gave up.
       
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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
      I have a harbor freight chock, not fancy or expensive. To make it easier to use, I cut off the corners of the “V” that grab the back of the tire, to eliminate any interference with the fender as the tire rolls into the chock. To make the chock sit still as I ride into it, I put 2 25# dumbbells on it. Otherwise it tends to slide on the smooth floor. I start my bike and ride it into the chock, no way can I push a 900# bike into a chock.
       
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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
      I love my WheelDock as well.
       

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      I bought this stand

      so that I could do basic maintenance, and not leave it on the kickstand all the time. I read every single review on there, they all seemed to be positive, with bikes of a similar size. Some of the reviews give some modifications to make it a little easier to get the bike over the first hump, and get it on the stand. I can't even get that far. The tires are wide enough that they ride up the sides of the vee, making it impossible to push this 700 lb beast across the tilting part. I have to push so hard, the suspension dives, and the handlebars want to move in the clamp, obviously I'm doing something wrong here.

      Does anyone else have this same stand, and have any pointers? Or should I return it and get something else?
      My wife and I both use the HF chock as you have pictured and we use that same chock in our "you hauler" travel trailer. We purchased them for $59 and they are superb. If the stand/chock is not properly set up, it may cause a bit of a pain to role the front wheel into it. We had to move the movable "cup" back by one mounting hole. And it works perfectly now. As I stated, we use them in our trailer and find them to be the best solution solution after trying several different makes and models. We have had all types of terrain and roads for hundreds of thousands of miles without regret.
       
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      I’ve had two different Harbor Freight wheel chocks in my trailer and can’t get the Roadmaster rocked back out of either without lots of help. It seems the tire gets wedged into the V shape. Anybody else have this problem? And what wheel chock are you using?
      I had the HF black chock, think it cost $59.00ish at the time. Same problem, total bidthch getting my Vintage out, so I sold it. Then after I sold it I saw a thread (maybe here) or something on the internet (don't remember which) saying if you adjust the chock so the front & rear braces/brackets are closer together, it's easier to get the bike back out of the chock. That makes sense to me.... If the braces are closer together then the front wheel isn't in the chock as "deep", so it's easier to free up the bike. I sold the chock before I got the chance try the closer adjustment. Seems to make sense though.

       
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      Sounds great! Thanks.
      I had the HF black chock, think it cost $59.00ish at the time. Same problem, total bidthch getting my Vintage out, so I sold it. Then after I sold it I saw a thread (maybe here) or something on the internet (don't remember which) saying if you adjust the chock so the front & rear braces/brackets are closer together, it's easier to get the bike back out of the chock. That makes sense to me.... If the braces are closer together then the front wheel isn't in the chock as "deep", so it's easier to free up the bike. I sold the chock before I got the chance try the closer adjustment. Seems to make sense though.

      Don’t beat yourself up. I tried that AND drilling new holes and it didn’t work.
       
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      New Chieftain owner (used, but new to me) and I bought this jack yesterday with a 25% off Harbor freight coupon. I went to get the less expensive one but read some reviews about bikes falling off or getting stuck on the jack so I bought this one.
      Has anyone used one of these before, I don't know where to jack it and looks like I need something to clear the cables.
      1500 lbs. Capacity ATV / Motorcycle Lift

      I also bought their wheel chock and wondering if anyone has used one of them as well. And how do you get the bike in it if I just want to use it in my garage to stand the bike up.
      1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

      Thanks.
       

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      New Chieftain owner (used, but new to me) and I bought this jack yesterday with a 25% off Harbor freight coupon. I went to get the less expensive one but read some reviews about bikes falling off or getting stuck on the jack so I bought this one.
      Has anyone used one of these before, I don't know where to jack it and looks like I need something to clear the cables.
      1500 lbs. Capacity ATV / Motorcycle Lift

      I also bought their wheel chock and wondering if anyone has used one of them as well. And how do you get the bike in it if I just want to use it in my garage to stand the bike up.
      1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

      Thanks.
      I have one of these. It is very stable and solid with it's wide stance. Hydraulics seem fine on this one.
       
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      New Chieftain owner (used, but new to me) and I bought this jack yesterday with a 25% off Harbor freight coupon. I went to get the less expensive one but read some reviews about bikes falling off or getting stuck on the jack so I bought this one.
      Has anyone used one of these before, I don't know where to jack it and looks like I need something to clear the cables.
      1500 lbs. Capacity ATV / Motorcycle Lift

      I also bought their wheel chock and wondering if anyone has used one of them as well. And how do you get the bike in it if I just want to use it in my garage to stand the bike up.
      1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

      Thanks.
      I took a 7' x 10" piece of 1/2" treated plywood and bolted on a couple of pieces of stainless steel that act as hooks. I lay the plywood down on the floor and set the wheel chock on top. I then ride the bike into the wheel chock. The weight of the bike holds the chock in place. Simple physics. If you want, I can take a picture of it.

      I also screwed a scrap piece of 2 x 4 inside the bottom of the wheel chock so that the wheel doesn't drop in as far. This make it easier to remove the bike from the wheel chock.
       
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      New Chieftain owner (used, but new to me) and I bought this jack yesterday with a 25% off Harbor freight coupon. I went to get the less expensive one but read some reviews about bikes falling off or getting stuck on the jack so I bought this one.
      Has anyone used one of these before, I don't know where to jack it and looks like I need something to clear the cables.
      1500 lbs. Capacity ATV / Motorcycle Lift

      I also bought their wheel chock and wondering if anyone has used one of them as well. And how do you get the bike in it if I just want to use it in my garage to stand the bike up.
      1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

      Thanks.
      I have 2 of HF chocks and they work great. Only problem for me is getting the bike out of the cradle, it takes 2 people or if alone I have to use my ratcheting straps to coax the bike out. But they are solid. Seen the same chock under other names for a lot more.
       
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      This is the chock that I put on my HF lift, I can't find any of my pictures of my lift.
      I know I have at least two of them but I have not found them.

      But here is the web page of the one that I bought and drilled new holes for and remounted my tie down on the outer wings of the chock.

      1800 Lb. Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock
       
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      I use the Harbor Freight ones and no problems.

      Okay, gents: Thanks for the pic of the Trackside stand; I was planning to get one of those once there was a coupon. My questions about the HF chock are:
      1) Is the bike stable in the chock for you to roll into it and leave it standing upright (in the garage)?
      2) Are the feet adequate for the chock to not move when you roll the bike into it?
      Thx!
      3) How much of a job is it to haul the bike backwards out of the chock?
       

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