Summer time is probably when you are thinking about your tire pressure, an oil change, gearbox fluid longevity, halogen lighting and tightening the screws on your windscreen. Don’t forget about trying to find those summer weight gloves somewhere in your garage. However, when fall arrives, we think of inclement weather, rain boots for riding, long textile jackets and thicker gloves. How about when that first snow falls? Isn’t it also time to prepare the snow blower, dig out the snow shovel and maybe even that ice scraper for the car? But, do we ever plan for winter storage for the bike? Nahhhhhh.
Well, I think it is the perfect time to think about what the fall-into-winter storage months ahead have in store for you, and I think it’s also a perfect time to give my evaluation of this nifty device that you may have seen in commercials, or in big “hog” style magazines to help move those big ones into a winter storage spot along the front or side of your garage. It is the Park-n-Move device, designed and sold by LegalSpeeding.com.
I have a two-car garage with just enough side room to keep a few gardening tools in place and a few fishing rods mounted to the wall, but nowhere to keep my bike when a snowstorm is imminent. So, I had to be creative and think seriously about storing it in front of the cars.
The Park-n-Move did it for me. If you haven’t seen the commercials or the YouTube broadcasts, well, you ought to see the convenience one of these products provides.
Forged of 3/8-inch hot rolled steel, and upgraded with 2.5-inch wide “barrel” style caster wheels, this model is the newest of four generations of Park-n-Moves, which began their history in 2009. Unlike the earlier generations that had two halves, this unit comes as a single unit, and is shipped complete for around $199. It is a deceiving box when you see it on your doorstep because it weighs about 28 pounds. When you unpack this baby, you’ll be instantly impressed! The shiny black, powder-coated, single steel base and the forge marks of the four spider arms on four corners are instant eye-catchers. The wheel casters are stainless steel and each wheel has a “turn-key lock” feature. The wheels of this unit are new in design, barrel shaped and 2.5 inches in width. This feature makes it very easy to swivel your beast into a tight situation.
My bike is a 615-pound BMW R1150RT, and I chose to get it up on the stand dry and without cases for winter storage. As you all know, positioning the feet of the center stand is crucial when you are about to lift your bike up, and with a Park-n-Move it is no different. The foot arm of a center stand has to be free and clear of the nearest wheel and caster when you apply toe pressure. You begin with your bike on the kickstand and bring it in from the right side, positioning the base plate to take the weight of both center stand feet. Returning to the bike’s left side, it took a few toe-presses to approximate where I wanted the center stand’s feet to lie out during the first attempt. The instructions say to keep the casters “unlocked” to allow the Park-n-Move to be “drawn underneath the bike,” so I did that as well. Without any more added effort, the stand will slide under the bike and the bike will just raise itself up just as if you had nothing under it to begin with. In an instant it was up. Wow! That’s it? I had prepared my storage space ahead of time and swept away all of the sand and debris heading into the corner where the bike would spend its winter months. So, with the front wheel in position already, I simply slid the remainder of the bike rightward and into the front most part of my garage. I then made a slight repositioning of the bike backward and past a chalk mark that represents the front bumper of my parked car. It was that easy.
Regardless if you have a light bike, a jug head or a four- or six-cylinder set of wheels, this device will make your winter storage, and planning, much easier. It did for me.
Visit the website at www.legalspeeding.com and check out their details on how to make your garage a much more efficient place to store your bike this winter. Or, just give them a call at 214-673-9443.