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Mounting Your Motorcycle Chock for Transport or Storage: Choosing Hardware

Posted On: 05/27/2021

Let’s say you’re moving across the country and need to transport your bike. Maybe you have a trailer with a ½ inch plywood floor, maybe you plan on chocking and tying it down directly into the bed of your pickup truck. What’s the best way to install your motorcycle chock to keep in place, and what should you do if you want to remove it later?

Pickup Truck

Knowing the material your truck bed is made from will be an important first step! Mounting into a fiberglass or carbon fiber composite bed will be different than mounting on a galvanized steel or aluminum bed.

Before You Start

Verify that there are no hidden wires, brake lines, or other important components below the area you want to install the chock.

Metal Truck Beds

If you are concerned about corrosion, use an etching primer to seal around and inside the hole (purchasable at any auto parts store). Apply a couple of coats before installing the screws. Alternatively, apply RTV silicone in and around the edge of the hole with a small brush or toothpick, before you install the screws.

Spray-on Bed Liners

If you have a spray-on bed liner, it will be tougher to get through. It’s recommended to buy a new, sharp drill bit to ensure you get it all the way through with the least amount of resistance.

Process

  1. Use the mounting holes on the chock as a template to mark where you need to drill
  2. Use a power drill and a steel cutting bit to drill your holes and install the chock with mounting bolts, nylon sleeves, large washers, spring washers, and hex nuts; or, use the mounting hardware provided.

Trailer

Before You Start

Similar to pickup truck beds, verify that there are no hidden wires, brake lines, or other important components below the area you want to install the chock.

Black Widow 3.5” W Motorcycle Transport Chock mounted to trailer bed
Black Widow 3.5” W Motorcycle Transport Chock mounted to trailer bed

Half-Inch Plywood Bed

To install a motorcycle chock on a half-inch plywood trailer floor, it’s important to help disperse the weight of the motorcycle better. Use a steel backing plate on the other side of the plywood floor and attach the chock to that.

Process

  1. Mark where you want the chock to go
  2. Use a power drill to drill your holes
  3. Install the backing plate and chock

Concrete Floor

Before You Start

The chock shouldn’t obstruct walkways, and leaves enough room to back out the motorcycle. Make sure the concrete floor is flat, level, and capable of bearing the combined weight of the chock and motorcycle. This is especially important is you plan on mounting your chock on concrete that was not poured by professionals, such as a DIY patio, etc.

Process

  1. Use the mounting holes in the chock as a template and mark where you need to drill the mounting holes on the concrete
  2. Drill your holes wide enough to accommodate concrete anchors
  3. Attach the concrete anchors to the floor, then secure the chock to the floor using the concrete anchors

Standalone options with no mounting required

If you want to use a chock but can’t or don’t want to put holes in your truck bed, trailer or concrete floor, using a standalone chock like the Pro Chock is a convenient way to get that bike support when you need it, and remove it when you don’t.

Harley secured to trailer with a no-drill, no-bolt
Harley secured to trailer with a no-drill, no-bolt Black Widow Pro Chock

Where have you mounted your chock? Did you use the hardware that came with it or did you McGuyver your own solution for a safe, solid hold? Tell us all about it in the comments below.