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You know what isn’t fun?
Doing the backwards and forwards shuffle as you try to work around your bike’s poor steering angle when maneuvering your bike through tight spaces.
(Especially if your garage is as cluttered as mine.)
A motorcycle dolly could be the answer to this annoyance.
Essentially acting as a trolley, once your bike is loaded into place, you’re able to easily wheel it around inside your garage or out, any way you please.
I sincerely wish I had invested in one sooner. (I was one of those people who think it’s an extra tool you don’t really need.)
To spare you the trouble of learning it the hard way, this review will take you through the best motorcycle dolly mover options on the market in terms of price to value ratio. Plus, it will answer some of the most common dilemmas around this tool.
So grab a drink, settle into your favorite chair, and prepare to be enlightened.
Oh, one more thing before we dig in. You’ll hear of a motorcycle dolly, bike mover, or bike stand. Those are NOT the same thing, even though they serve a similar purpose.
Things to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle Dolly
Those of you who own a heavier bike know very well that heavy bikes are a whole lot more demanding.
Such a bike will demand higher quality wheels and a better overall make of a dolly.
Type of Dolly
There are roughly two types of dollies: fixed and adjustable.
The former is much more robust (and expensive at that). It’s a great option if you have a beast of a bike such as any of these. And, frankly, quite a bit of garage space (since it’s bulky on its own).
The latter is more commercial-minded in that it’s way cheaper and a true space saver. It accommodates just the rear tire and the kickstand.
Some would even say a scissor lift or lift table is a type of dolly, but I wouldn’t agree.
Type of Floor
A motorcycle dolly rolls on the floor.
Before you pooh-pooh this ancient wisdom, let me tell you why it’s true: because floors come in different shapes and materials.
If your garage floor is tiled, a cheap dolly might not roll on it. Especially with heavy motorcycles that tend to really dig into them. It’s lots of weight to drag around!
And if it doesn’t roll, it pretty much beats the purpose.
Same goes for pitted garage floors.
7 Best Motorcycle Dolly Picks – Unbiased Reviews
Best Overall – Black Widow Cruiser & Chopper Motorcycle Dolly
Cruisers need to move around a tight space too!
That’s where Black Widow comes in to offer everything you need in a dolly.
It’s full size, meaning that it can easily carry a cruiser and it can support a maximum payload of 1250 lbs. There is no production bike available on the market weighing more than that!
With Black Widow Cruiser Dolly, the kickstand plate is adjustable and features three different positions that allow you to customize the positioning to your bike, giving you plenty of choices even for smaller bikes such as a motocross, street or dirt bike.
The dolly itself weights 80 lbs once assembled making it lightweight and easily transported. You could even transport your bike while strapped to this dolly if you want. Great for those of you with access to a vehicle with a tail lift!
The caster wheels are premium quality and we didn’t notice any excessive play or weakness in them once assembled.
All of that leads to conclusion that this heavy duty beauty dolly will serve you for years to come.
Of course, riders of lighter bikes may find it a bit too pricey when a cheaper one will do. And that’s completely fine!
Heavy-Duty Pick – Condor Motorcycle Garage Dolly
Let’s get one thing out of the way.
For most people, this monster of a motorcycle dolly will be an overkill.
Still, it deserves an honorable mention. Condor Motorcycle Dolly is clearly the Rolls Royce of motorcycle dollies and it shows in its feature set with a price tag to match.
Condor has gone for an alternative type of construction which closely resembles a ladder rather than a skate or tray as is seen on the other models on test.
The benefit to this is that you’re able to load ANY motorcycle onto it regardless of tire width. Even those super-wide 260 section tires will be right at home here. The wheel chock locks them in, so everything’s under control!
And even though it looks gigantic, it’s actually lightweight, with sturdy aluminum and steel construction.
We love the design, its usability, and its construction quality but we just can’t get over the price. This motorcycle garage dolly certainly does not come cheap and would best be used in a commercial workshop rather than as a tool to only occasionally use at home.
That being said, if you can afford it, buy it. Its feature set is unrivaled and as we say, it looks awesome.
Best Budget Option – Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly
The Low Profile Dolly does most things the other dollies do, but not just as well.
Suitable for small to medium-sized bikes, this dolly will take anything that doesn’t have too wide of a rear wheel.
You’re realistically looking at no wider than a 180 section rear tire as found on most large capacity sports bikes.
What we didn’t like is that this dolly just LOVES to move around when you’re trying to load it. A brake system or wheel locks would be useful as otherwise you do spend a lot of time effectively chasing it around the garage.
Once the bike is finally in place, the dolly does its job and is easy to maneuver as you would expect.
In its favor, the Low Profile is one of the cheapest motorcycle dollies available and is built fairly well. If you’re on a budget, this one is for you.
Big Bike’s Heaven – Extreme Max 5001.5077 Motorcycle Dolly
Another choice for those of you with bigger bikes, the Extreme Max comes in two sizes (76 inch and 91 inch) depending on what you ride.
And, frankly, it’s a nice choice to have. We see no reason to buy a longer and heavier dolly if you ride a super-sport or naked bike.
The maximum load capacity is, again, a useful 1250 lbs so you can happily carry ANY bike even with its luggage in place.
The build quality is up there with the Black Widow with a series of design features that show this model really means business.
The caster wheels are oversized and reinforced, with wheel safety pins to lock them into place. The dolly tray is sturdy and well designed.
I personally don’t care about the color. But this red paint was applied with powder coating so it should be hard-wearing and will protect from rust and corrosion.
You also get your adjustable kickstand plate for some more convenience.
What I DON’T like is the lack of instructions.
There’s just one thing worse than having to read dozens of pages of manuals: not having any.
So bear this in mind as it might take you longer to put it together than you anticipate.
With everything taken into account, the Extreme Max still makes a great buy, coming in slightly cheaper than the Black Widow while offering similar features.
Best for Smaller Bikes – Black Widow MC Dolly
Black Widow’s MC is designed for all of those small to mid-sized bike owners out there. You’re getting exactly the same features of the larger cruiser model but in a smaller package.
If you don’t own a long wheelbase bike then this dolly will serve you perfectly well and will cost you less too.
Weighing in at 70 lbs and with a usable length of 76 inches, this dolly is perfect for track days, general storage, and moving your bike around at home.
Do keep in mind that the widest rear tire you’ll get on the deck is a 190 section. The instructions present are also limited so put a few hours aside for this one.
Non-Lockable Option – BikeMaster Adjustable Motorcycle Dolly
This isn’t the most bad-ass dolly to save some garage space, but BikeMaster Adjustable Dolly is still a decent player for the price. A thick and sturdy metal plate can take lots of abuse.
It’s also super easy to assemble, and there ARE instructions, unlike with some other models from this list.
However, an absolute must BEFORE you buy is to measure the distance between your rear wheel’s center and the kickstand. If it’s less than 34 inches or more than 50, choose another option. (Or get ready for some serious tinkering.)
One of the issues is that the wheels aren’t lockable (even though they are premium quality).
In practice, it means LOTS of trouble when moving your bike onto the loading ramp and then back and forth around the crowded garage.
Of course, it’s nothing you can’t fix with pieces of cardboard, like they did in the video below. (But still, it’s a shame that they didn’t do it to begin with.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you get a motorcycle dolly?
If you have a super cramped garage, maneuvering your motorcycle between boxes, tools, the car, and last year’s camping gear is extremely taxing.
A dolly will help you with that. It’s a skate or tray with wheels, so once you load your bike onto it, you can move it back and forth, left and right, any way and direction you please.
But this is not to say that you won’t be able to live without a dolly. If you have a ginormous garage or don’t have one at all, there’s ALWAYS a new motorcycle accessory you can splurge your cash on.
Can a dolly damage my tire?
Even if your tire just barely fits into the slump (which is nearly impossible), the dolly won’t exert nearly as much pressure as it would take to damage it.
In other words: if it fits, it sits. If it doesn’t fit, then don’t buy it!
Can I take my bike with me on trips, while on a dolly?
Yes you can.
In fact, that’s a very convenient way to do it. It’s much easier to load a bike into a truck or trailer with a dolly than without one.
Choosing the Best Motorcycle Dolly – Wrap Up
And there you go guys, short sweet and simple. If you intend to use one of these motorcycle dollies to assist you in transporting your bike in the back of a truck, we suggest that you also invest in some tie-down straps. This will prevent the bike from falling over and keep the dolly in place as you drive around.
Last update on 2021-06-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API