Most of the time it feels like my real job is bike hauler. I’ve been loading and unloading bikes on a daily basis for ten years. So here it is, the official Socal Supermoto motorcycle chock review! Your life is finally complete! I have all of these mounted in my van right now, here’s the lowdown.
#1. Condor quick release motorcycle chock $225
The good: It’s indestructable, quality made in the USA kit, that’s built for the zombie apocolypse. It’s also the only quick release chock I’ve used that is actually quick release. One screw which can be removed with your hand and the chock slides right out. You can quickly take it out of your truck and use it in the pits. It’s also by far the most stable of the chocks. If you have a bike that 1) you care about or 2) is big, this is your chock. It’s a big no-no but often times I’d haul a bike around on short trips and not even use tie downs. It’s that good. Despite the stability it’s also the easiest to roll bikes in and out of. Finally the condor works equally well with a 120 wide front tire, or a 160 rear. Out of these chocks, the condor is the only one that you can load a bike using the rear wheel, mandatory if you plan on hauling three bikes and need to put one backwards.
The bad: It’s expensive (you get what you pay for). Once removed it’s kinda bulky and takes up a good amount of space. The cross supports that allows you to easily use it once dismounted takes up a good amount of floor space when mounted. Finally for a trailer or truck it’s perfect, but in a van it can be clangy and loud.
Overall: Long term only real downside is the loud bit, and this is by far the most stable, easiest to use chock.
#2. Harbor Freight motorcycle chock.
The good: Cheap as hell. $26 with a harbor freight coupon. The harbor hold bikes securely, but at times you have to fight it to get the bikes out. It requires a double pull. You give the bike a quick yank, grab the front brake, then give a second quick yank and out it comes, a bit of a hassle but not a deal breaker.
The bad: Chinese kit that I wouldn’t trust with a expensive bike. Not quick release although could easily be moded to be so with “quick nuts”
Overall: Good design that is tough to beat for the price.
#3. Pit Posse Removable chock $79
The good: Stable but just slightly less stable than the harbor, but admittedly I havn’t played much with the adjustability of it too much. It does seem to be adjusted properly, and I get more bike lean with this than with the others. The pit posse is also “quick release” meaning that with a few hex bolts you can take it out leaving just the mounting plate behind.
The bad: not quite as secure as the others with a 120/70 tire but still works pretty well. Like the harbor requires a double pull to remove bike.
Overall: Buy this if you need a chock that is removable and don’t have the cash for a condor.
#4 Cycle gear chock. I’m not a fan. It’s a bitch to get a 120 tire out of. Yeah i know the put a rag in it trick but who wants to deal with that. All of the others here work better.
General overview: If you’re not using chocks, then all of these will be a huge advantage. It’s one of those “once you start using them you can’t imagine life without them” kinda things. I love being able to huck the bike in the van and have it sit there without falling over. The simple is if you have a couple bucks, pick up the condor, if you’re broke get the harbor, if you want something less expensive but still removable get the pit posse. All of them make life considerably easier. Well it feels that way if your life is loading motorcycles.