Roadster Lazy Susan

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Roadster Lazy Susan

Postby towerworker » Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:16 pm

I park my bike in my carport and have to share the space with my truck. Often times space is tight and it's difficult to turn the bike around without moving my truck first. I have seen another idea once of a turntable that a rider installed in his garage----neat idea but not practical for me or affordable.

Possibly someone has done this before but I had never seen it here. It seems to work extremely well with my R due to it being well balanced.
I bought a 12" lazy susan turntable from the local Lowe's Building supply for just under $10. I found a scrap steel plate slightly wider than the turntable and drilled and bolted the two together with 1/4" stainless hardware. (I think most any small hardware would suffice--I just had these on hand) I greased the bearings with some spray lithium grease (again had it on hand)

The bike goes up on the lazy susan easily on the center stand. I can rotate the bike in a circle easily with one hand. I pull the bike over the turntable and set it up on the centerstand. Then just spin the bike 180 degrees.

I am going to attempt to post a link to photos I have taken of the project. If I am not successful anyone can email me at wbowyer@adelphia.net and I will send you the pics.

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Postby MikeCam » Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:28 pm

Very good idea and execution. Thanks for the tip.
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Postby mnnden » Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:08 pm

Towerworker, Great Idea!!, Do you have any problem with the bike wanting to turn when putting it on the centerstand? Thanks Den
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Postby JCsman » Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:13 pm

Clever boy, Towerworker. I would steal the idea from you, but you can't swing a dead cat in my garage, let alone the Roadster. :oops:
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Postby boxermania » Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:34 pm

Good thinking....... 8)
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Postby towerworker » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:54 pm

I haven't had any issues with the bike wanting to turn on it's own. With the system cases it has some weight on the rear tire. I really don't leave it on the Lazy Susan other than just to spin it. It seems to spin very easily and smoothly. I remember watching my bike gently rock back and forth in windy conditions on the center stand when I first bought it in 03. (minus the system cases) Made me a little uneasy!

I pull the bike on the carport, set the device under the stand, spin the bike and then generally set the Lazy Susan out of the way. I know alot of machines are not as balanced as ours so it may be a bit more difficult for them but I didn't build it for them. Built it for me!

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Postby Lobo1625 » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:39 pm

Very clever way of spinning the bike around! I've found that on smooth cement (garage floor) the Roadster is so well balanced, It can be spun on the center stand. I do like you 'Lasy Susan" much better though. Kudos!

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Postby DJ Downunder » Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:12 am

If you're not sure if you should go for a ride or not..you could just give it a big spin..and see which way it ends up pointing... :D

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Postby Biff's R » Sun Sep 17, 2006 8:13 am

great idea.
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Postby mnnden » Sun Sep 17, 2006 10:37 am

Lobo1625 wrote:Very clever way of spinning the bike around! I've found that on smooth cement (garage floor) the Roadster is so well balanced, It can be spun on the center stand. I do like you 'Lasy Susan" much better though. Kudos!


I have a finnished floor and so I use a piece of plywood (1/2"), The bike and wood spin together, (leaving a small scar on the floor) But it really works well. I do like the "Lazy susan" Idea. it should work great on floors not quite so smooth or carpeted, etc: great idea, Den

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Postby wncbmw » Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:53 pm

the Roadster is so well balanced, It can be spun on the center stand.


Caution!! A head's up for you guys that do the spin thing on center stand. I too did that for years with my old RS. Worked great, until one day I went to put it on center stand and the stand didn't catch and the bike fell over. Investigation revealed that years of spinning had gouged out the soft material that had the notch to catch the stand! I had to take the center stand to be welded up to work.

I suppose our bikes stands work differently than the old RS but be aware, it stresses things not meant to be stressed. Does no harm to do it occasionally but for regular spinning, do the "lazy susan" thing.
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Postby riceburner » Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:03 am

If you've got that much room in the garage....



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Postby mnnden » Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:05 pm

wncbmw wrote:
the Roadster is so well balanced, It can be spun on the center stand.


Caution!! A head's up for you guys that do the spin thing on center stand. I too did that for years with my old RS. Worked great, until one day I went to put it on center stand and the stand didn't catch and the bike fell over. Investigation revealed that years of spinning had gouged out the soft material that had the notch to catch the stand! I had to take the center stand to be welded up to work.

I suppose our bikes stands work differently than the old RS but be aware, it stresses things not meant to be stressed. Does no harm to do it occasionally but for regular spinning, do the "lazy susan" thing.


WNCBMW,, Your "Heads Up' got me thinking and I think you are right.I went out and purchased a "Lazy Susan" bearing (12"), I couldn't find a suitable piece of metal so I used a piece of 1/2 plywood, seems to work fine, The bike is very stable so I think I will just leave it on the turntable between rides. Towerworker, Thanks for a great idea, and Vann for the "Heads Up". Den

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Postby wncbmw » Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:22 pm

Your "Heads Up' got me thinking and I think you are right


My work on this thread is finished! 8)

Glad you acted before something broke. It was a sick feeling to watch my beautiful bike fall over when the center stand failed! :cry:
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Re: Roadster Lazy Susan

Postby Hoof » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:27 am

I've used one of these 12" Lazy Susans for a few years now - I pop rivetted a square of heavy grade checker plate aluminum on to it to give a wider surface and also drilled a couple of holes through two of the corners and into the garage floor. through which I drop a couple of 4 inch coach bolts - It stops the Susan from spinning when standing the bike on it. The bolts pull out (I put a couple of cord loops on the bolts) when it's time to spin the bike. So easy on a balanced BMW - even works on a thin carpeted floor.
Also works fine with other centre stand bikes - even the front heavy Ducati which needs a strap through the front wheel to lift the bike to the balance point to turn it. System seems indestructable - a great idea from whoever first suggested it.

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Re: Roadster Lazy Susan

Postby towerworker » Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:20 pm

I hadn't seen this thread in many years. Thanks for resurrecting it! And yeah it was my idea. I had no room to turn the bike around and it filled the need. A couple years later I saw a more refined version in a motorcycle magazine for about $180.00.

I still have the one I made so many years ago. Doesn't get much use these days, mostly because no more carport. Your idea is a good one. If I'm to start using mine again I really need to do like you and make the top a bit wider.
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Re: Roadster Lazy Susan

Postby MattPie » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:28 am

Heh, I remember this thread from when I was a regular too. Considered making one, but got used to rolling my bike out backwards. Driveway is downhill so it's just a matter of keeping balance.
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Re: Roadster Lazy Susan

Postby Photoguy » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:27 pm

MattPie...just in case you're watching, check your PM's :)


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