When you’re hauling your dirt bike to and from the trails, there can be nothing worse than seeing your dirt bike start to move around in the trailer or truck tray. Time seems to stand still for a moment…at least until you pull over.
Sometimes it’s the fault of your straps (which is why we encourage buying high-quality straps) or sometimes it’s because you don’t have a wheel chock. These can be very helpful for keeping your tires locked in one position.
In this article, we’re going to cover some of the best options you can buy.
Best Dirt Bike Wheel Chocks for Trailers
Most conventional trailers don’t come with wheel chocks. After all, they’re designed for hauling dirt, plants and other things. With the wheel chocks featured on this page, you’ll be able to bolt them down but also remove them when you’re hauling something other than your dirt bike.
Our best picks include:
This device was created specifically for transporting dirt bikes. You’ve probably spotted at MX tracks before without even realizing it. Best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to use for beginners and experienced riders alike.
The problem with kids dirt bikes is that their tires are smaller, meaning there is too much ‘free play’ within a conventional dirt bike wheel chock designed for adults. Risk Racing has come up with a solution that is similar to a wheel chock, but instead, it grips onto your footpegs. That means you won’t have as much pressure on your fork seals so you can well and truly leave your dirt bike rigged up and sitting overnight!
Let’s say you’re like us and own several motorcycles and they need to be ‘floated’ on occasions. That’s where you’ll want something which works for all types and the MaxxHaul 70075 is ideal. Why? It’s simple in its design yet is wide enough for adventure motorcycles as well as dirt bikes and even mountain bikes too. Better yet – it will lock itself as your roll your front tire into the chock so you can load and unload your entire motorcycle all by yourself!
Have you spotted some cheaper versions on RevZilla, Amazon and Rocky Mountain ATV and MC? Well, many of them just don’t qualify for Frontaer’s definition of ‘best’ for this product roundup, but we will provide some honourable mentions that didn’t quite make the list.
- Extreme Max 5001.5759 3-Piece Motorcycle Wheel Chock – 5.5″ Wide. This is the cheapest one available but uses inferior materials. Unlikely to last more than a season.
- Mytee Products 7″ Motorcycle Wheel Chock Steel for E-Track/X-Track System – Black (2 Pack). A bit better than the Extreme Max 5001.5759 mentioned above but the openings can be a little too wide so you don’t get that snug feel.
- ABN Removable Trailer Wheel Chock – Universal Stopper Cradle Holder for Standard Motorcycle Bike Front Wheels. Easily the best if you’re seeking value for money and don’t have an unlimited budget. Does the job for an affordable price.
Now that you’ve seen a few great options to keep your dirt bike from moving around while being transported, let’s look at some things worth noting before you pull out that credit card of yours.
Some of these use alloy steel which is strong but is susceptible to corrosion. Aluminium isn’t as strong but will last much longer. It really is a trade-off and if you’re hauling every weekend, then I would choose aluminium. Remember: even if you don’t live near the ocean, your dirt bike tires will get muddy and provide moisture in which your wheel chock could rust much faster than expected. Likewise, you’ll be hauling in the rain sometimes.
Prior to completing our analysis, we checked to make sure easy of these wheel chocks provided accurate measurements. After all, there can be nothing worse than ordering and realizing your wheel chock is too narrow or too wide. Aim to have 5mm to 10mm in opening to bring your front tire in. That’s enough to make a smooth entry but tight enough to prevent sideways movement.
You’ll find that 2 out of 3 chocks featured rear chocks too. This means the rear side of your front tire is also held providing the best security, both for hauling and simply for arranging/fitting/securing your tie-down straps. This is a good reason why we generally avoid chocks that simply have the ‘open gate’ design without the back stopper.
Chances are that you’ll want to use your trailer for more than just dirt bike carting on the weekends. Need to pick up a new sofa? Then you’ll want to be able to unbolt your wheel chock in less than 5 minutes. It also shouldn’t require you to go underneath your trailer either.
Comes with Straps
Some wheel chocks that we showcased here come with straps. Even if you have a set already, there is nothing wrong with having some spares! Some chocks even have loopholes that you can strap down to, although this doesn’t provide much in the way of side-ways movement restrictions on bumpy or windy roads.
There we have it! Some safe options to secure your dirt bike in your trailer. We once tried hauling in a 6×4 trailer without any chocks and our dirt bike crashed over in less than an hour…even with 4 straps securing it to tie-down points.
The end result of that was $250 in paint repairs, plus a broken throttle and brake controller. We could have saved that expense (and embarrassment) with just $75 or so on a good wheel chock.