To Chock or Not to Chock? That Is the Question

To Chock or Not to Chock? That Is the Question

  • One of the most common questions we get about the Biker Bar is whether or not you need a wheel chock when you trailer your Harley Davidson motorcycle. The short answer is no.


    The handlebars won’t flop back and forth, but they may move to one side and stay there. You can also turn the handlebars to one side and lock the forks to make sure they don’t move.


    That said, if space is tight in your trailer and you’re worried about the handlebars hitting something while you’re on the road, you can certainly use a chock with the Biker Bar. If it gives you peace of mind, there are plenty of inexpensive chocks out there that will simply keep the front wheel from turning.


    But are the more expensive, well-known wheel chocks a viable, standalone alternative to the Biker Bar?


    Condor is probably the leading manufacturer of motorcycle wheel chocks, while Harley Davidson’s Cruiser Cradle is the same product with a different name. Prices for the various models are around $300, so the cost is comparable to the Biker Bar.


    Like the Biker Bar, Condor or Cruiser Cradle chocks are well-built from top-of-the-line materials. Both are considered innovations in the motorcycle industry.


    We talk to a lot of industry folks at motorcycle dealerships. We talk to hundreds, if not thousands of riders at motorcycle rallies. The one thing everyone loves about the Biker Bar is that you can roll it in and out of place in a matter of seconds – without straps.


    While the Condor/Cruiser Cradle chocks represent a big step in the right direction, the general consensus is that they still have another step to take – making the use of straps unnecessary.


    We’ve also noticed that a number of riders are having difficulty using Condor/Cruiser Cradle chocks. Consider these comments about Condor chocks from HDForums.com, a popular online forum where people discuss their Harley Davidson motorcycles.


    “When unloading from the trailer using the Condor chock I put a brick under each of my feet for extra leverage.”


    “They have redesigned it so that it is easier to pull your bike out of it. I still can't get it on the first try, but it is a lot easier.”


    “I have the HD chock, but I believe it is manufactured by Condor. I think those who have bolted it down have it right. Even then, when properly adjusted, it will take some "oomph" to get it out in most cases.”


    So… to chock or not to chock? Is a wheel chock a necessity when you use the Biker Bar? Not at all, but feel free to use one of the less expensive chocks to keep the front wheel from turning if makes you feel better.