Condor Pit-Stop / Trailer-Stop

Secure as your mother’s arms


It’s always exciting to find a product that serves a dual purpose, especially when it serves both purposes well. Not only can you appreciate the clever engineering involved, but you can really appreciate it serving two needs with only one expense. Such is the Condor Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop.

This product is a fully adjustable wheel locking chock system that securely supports your motorcycle in an upright position. It can be placed on almost any surface from your concrete garage floor, asphalt driveway, grass, or even sand and gravel, and it will still keep your bike standing straight up. And you’d swear your bike was as laterally stable as if it was secured with 4 tie-down straps.

You just roll it onto the locking cradle until the wheel touches the upright, and the bike is locked in place. Getting it in and out is easier than setting it on the bike’s centerstand, even if you own one of the few motorcycles that still have centerstands. It can accommodate either a front or rear wheel, in sizes from 15’ to 22”, and in tire widths from 80 to 220 mm, so it works for dirt bikes, sport bikes, and all Harley and metric cruisers. An adapter kit is also available for the really wide monster tires up to 300mm. Condor also make a specially designed “Chopper Chock” for those long, extended-rake forks and with the low “hugger” front fenders that will hold the bike upright and securely whether in your garage or on your trailer.

The Pit Stop serves two of my needs perfectly, as I keep my bike in the center of my garage sandwiched between my two cars. By standing upright rather than on the sidestand, the bike takes up less space, and it is much easier to navigate around it without bumping into a mirror or handlebar on the tilted side. And I’d never trust my bike on its own centerstand, as any minor inadvertent push would send the bike over on its side, or worse, crashing into the fender of one of the cars. The Pit-Stop is a terrific, secure stand for wrenching on the bike, or just cleaning it. And on a nice day, it allows you to take your workshop outside the garage, as the unit only weighs 21 lbs.

The Condor Pit-Stop will hold virtually any bike... No matter how old.

"You just roll it onto the locking cradle until the wheel touches the upright, and the bike is locked in place"

The double-duty part of the Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop is that it mounts easily to the floor of my new trailer with a well-designed and very small mounting bracket. It is so much more secure than those cheap U-brackets used in most trailers, and it installs or removes in less than a minute. For transport in a trailer or pick-up, it is recommended that you use only two tie-down straps on the middle or rear of the bike for lateral stability, and you only need just a bit of downward pressure on it. That means that you don’t have to crank down hard on the bike's suspension, which can ruin sensitive shock components and front fork seals. And the whole process is quick and easy for one person to handle alone. It will accommodate any type of bike weighing up to 1,200 lbs. When upright, the dimensions are 29” wide, 30” long, and 15”high. When folded, it’s only 6’ high.

Condor has been making quality motorcycle support, transport, and security products for years, and they‘re made in America. The Condor Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop sells for $235, plus shipping and handling. Add $20 for the trailer mounting kit.

For more information visit their website at
http://www.condor-lift.com/
or call 1-800-461-1344.

- Ken Glassman is a Chicago-area freelance writer.

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