- Reprinted From 11/84 Motorcyclist
Have you ever struggled
to get your bike on its centerstand and then discovered it
had to be moved? You know, you're taking the wheel off, you
have the axle out and everything is loose; then you discover
that unless you can slide the whole mess over to the other
side of the driveway, the wheel is never coming out. Or you
need to work on both sides of the bike and would like to get
both sides to face the workbench.
The Weigl Co. offers
a solution : the Moto-Boy centerstand caddy. This clever gadget
belongs in the "Aha" category : now that it's here,
it seems obvious. It puts your bike's centerstand on wheels.
The Moto-Boy is
a heavy, strong aluminum casting. Each corner of the casting
is raised to make room for a ball-bearing caster wheel. The
central portion is as low as possible to accommodate the centerstand,
and a notch at the rear makes room for the rear wheel. A lever
on one side rotates an eccentric rubber foot to lock the whole
thing in place on the floor.
To use Moto-Boy,
you run its notch against the rear wheel, put the centerstand
in the central depression, and lift the bike onto the stand.
It does take more effort than it would if the caddy were not
there, and it would be difficult for oneperson to do the job
with a Gold Wing : however most smaller bikes go up easily.
We lifted motorcycles onto the Moto-Boy that varied in weight
from 350 to 600 lbs. Like using a centerstand on flat ground,
getting a bike up onto the Moto-Boy is largely technique.
If you can use your centerstand, you wi ll have little trouble
with this tool.
We have been working
around fixed motorcycles so long we'd forgotten how inconvenient
it is at times. Joe Minton's GS1000 project bike gets turned
around so many times in front of the bench that he seems to
be conducting ballet practice rather than wrenching. Mounted
on the Moto-Boy, an SR500 was rolled back into the garage
with its wheel off while the mechanic went looking for a tube.
The Moto-Boy is
not something you'd run out and try as you would a new soft
drink, but it is a well-constructed, professional class tool.
Look at t this way : not only will this thing make bike work
easier, it might, also, save you a trip to your physician
for about the cost of the Moto-Boy. (Back to