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Product Review: WheelJockey


The WheelJockey is a product created by Bill Kniegge of BlueStrada Tours. Blue Strada Tours is a motorcycle touring company based out of North Carolina and they use a fleet of Suzuki VStrom's.  One thing about the VStrom though; they don't come standard with a center stand. So - Bill had a bunch of bikes that needed regular chain maintenance and thus the WheelJockey was born!

We've had this product on the shelf waiting to be reviewed for a while but it was handed off to the owner of a Suzuki SV650 which seemed rather fitting!  This review was written after the authors first use of the WheelJockey.  The instructions do indicate that it'll take a little practice to get good at figuring out the proper amount of force to use to get your bike up onto the WheelJockey.

It ships in a tiny little box and appears to be very sturdy and well made.  It's so small that you can probably keep it under your seat so that you'll have it wherever you might need it.

Article written by: Jeff L

While following the included instructions, the WheelJockey was used to assist in cleaning the bike chain. The WheelJockey was placed in front of the rear tire as instructed. The bike was stood straight up and rolled forward. It took several attempts at pushing the bike onto the WheelJockey to determine how much force was required to get the rear tire exactly where it needed to be on the device given that the WheelJockey is almost 1.5” high.

Once the bike was up on the WheelJockey, the main function of the device was put into use. The instructions say to rotate the wheel using the spokes and not to push or pull on the tire itself. However, this rule is somewhat difficult to adhere to when the spokes are not in the best position to grab and rotate. It made sense that the reason behind not pushing or pulling the wheel was because the bike may come off the WheelJockey.

It was discovered that if you are careful, and use two hands positioned opposite each other on the wheel (ie: like you are at “9” and “3” on a steering wheel), you can effectively and safely rotate the wheel without putting excessive lateral forces on the whole bike enough to make it come off the WheelJockey.

The chain was cleaned and waxed while on the WheelJockey which proved to be a good tool to get this kind of maintenance work done. Once completed, the bike was stood up and walked forward off the WheelJockey.

An additional note regarding the use of the WheelJockey is that whether you use the wheel spokes to rotate the wheel, or the method described above, the bike itself can eventually roll off the side of the WheelJockey. The cause for this is due to the bike itself being on a side stand. The angle at which the bike tire is positioned on the WheelJockey leaves it almost as an inevitable problem once the tire has been rotated enough times to “spin-off” the side of the WheelJockey. Although paying careful attention can prevent this problem, if care is not taken, the bike can come off of the WheelJockey and potentially tip over.


Overall, the WheelJockey was found to be a very good assistant for bike maintenance with a side-standing bike when an actual rear bike stand is unavailable.


MORE INFORMATION:

- Retail price: $59.00 USD
- For more information on WheelJockey or to order one for yourself check out their website at http://wheeljockey.com/

Thanks go out to Bill at WheelJockey for providing a sample.

EDIT - PRO TIP:


We got a tip from the Wheel Jockey creator -To keep the wheel/tire centered on the rollers and from creeping to the right side, a small amount of pressure to the left while turning the wheel will keep it centered.  The key being... 'while turning the wheel...'.