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Offline Alan118

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Best Dolly
« on: December 06, 2020, 04:29:57 PM »
Hi have just moved house and have got the smallest garage in the world! need to be able to ride down a slope into the garage and get it turned around 9ft wide 10ft long to ride out of the garage and back up the slope to the road? Riding a Tiger 800
Thanks for any advice 

Offline samsgrandad

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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2020, 04:42:52 PM »
How about a turntable? The trouble with a wheeled dolly is that they can be tricky to get the centre stand on. The part of the stand that extends out so that you can put your foot on it interferes with the dolly and also the base of the dolly is at least 25mm above the ground making putting a Tiger on it more difficult.

You can buy a turntable for around 75 and they are only about 12-15mm thick, or they are simple enough to make. I bought a 300mm lazy susan bearing for about 12 (with a load capacity of 300kg) and a  2 x 400mm square pieces of 4mm mild steel and made one for just over 20 all in.

Offline mcinlb

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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2020, 06:23:32 PM »
Worth trying -
I got an old metal baking tray and putting the bike on the center stand with nearside leg on the tray, I was able to pull & tilt slightly the bike toward me whilst pulling it round on the one leg. Very easy on the T900, still doable on the T800. A lot easier than it sounds, honest...... :038: :038:

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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2020, 07:04:37 PM »
What is your garage floor like?  I can turn my xca around on it's center stand easy on my smooth concrete floor. Would be even easier on a piece of cardboard or as in a post above- a metal baking sheet or pan.

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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2020, 08:13:06 PM »
swivel it on the side stand?

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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2020, 08:36:26 PM »
Back it into the garage.
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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2020, 08:01:53 AM »
*Originally Posted by Paulhere [+]
Back it into the garage.
My previous house had a very steep downhill driveway into the garage, I had a Vstrom DL1000 at the time, I just paddle walked it down backwards into the probs.  :001:
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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2020, 09:29:40 AM »
I built this years ago and still use it every time I ride the bike. Needs a centre stand to work in it's current form.

It's a lazy susan 500kg bearing bolted to a steel plate and some 20mm marine ply.

The bearing cost something like 13 from memory.

Without it it's a 15 point turn.
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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2020, 10:21:07 AM »
Not cheap but there's the SPIN-IT turntable:

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Re: Best Dolly
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2020, 01:00:12 PM »
Worth trying 2 pieces of mdf 12mm thick with a hole in the centre, countersunk bolt from the bottom, with a thin washer in between the 2 mdf.
If it binds, try a piece of worktop edging in between.


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