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post #1 of 9 Old Jun 20th, 2010, 12:40 pm Thread Starter
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Motorcycle lift question

Looking for input on how you folks are getting your bikes up on your lift. The LT it is too heavy form me to push it up the ramp safely. It is not wide enough to ride it up (I am afraid that I will misstep and drop it). I am considering making some sort of extensions or platform.
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post #2 of 9 Old Jun 20th, 2010, 1:14 pm
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Re: Motorcycle lift question

You'd have to do some searching to see the pics ... but everyone I know that uses a lift either buys or builds extensions. Usually out of 2x8s or 2x10s.


A quick search yielded many links of pics and links where you can buy them pre-made.

Pic of homemade > CLICK

Bought > CLICK

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Re: Motorcycle lift question

I have a Handy Sam 1,000 with a Cycle Vice , & 12" side extensions http://www.mile-x.com/handy-16000-motorcycle-lift.aspx , Cycle Vice http://www.mile-x.com/handy-14476-cycle-vise.aspx , & 12" extensions http://www.mile-x.com/handy-16002-side-extensions.aspx . With the extensions on you can ride right up on to the lift .

I got the extensions originally when I got the lift , so I could work on my Garden Tractors . They work good on the tractors , & as a bonus I can ride my motorcycles up on the lift .

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Re: Motorcycle lift question

FWIW, I watched the guys at Sandia BMW move bikes around while mine was being serviced. They seemed confident walking bikes upon onto a lift under power, but I did note that these professionals worked in pairs to walk a LT onto a lift.

My friend and I obtained a HF lift a couple of weeks ago; we're at the point where we, together, can walk his R1150RT and my K75RT onto and off the lift (though we have each sworn solomn oaths that we will never do that unless both of us are there). Haven't had the nerve to try it with the LT: I'm not sure I'd try it unless there were four of us.

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Re: Motorcycle lift question

I just set my car ramps on each side. Then later I can move them out of the way.

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Re: Motorcycle lift question

Ditto on the car ramps. I also installed an HF wheel chock with wing nuts so I can remove it after the bike is strapped down if I am doing front end stuff.


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Re: Motorcycle lift question

Handy Lift with 12" side extensions same reason as Patric. I can ride my bikes on the lift or put my riding mowers on the lift.

May have to check belly clearance for your bike so it doesn't high center also.

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Re: Motorcycle lift question

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May have to check belly clearance for your bike so it doesn't high center also.
I forgot to add , that I put a piece of 2x4 under the lead edge of the ramps so I don't scrap going up them .

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Re: Motorcycle lift question

Thanks for the responses. This weekend my son and I built platforms that will double as a tabletop. They also more or less give me a place to store my trailer in a bag when not in use.

By the way I have put the lt up on the lift a couple of times by myself. The last time I removed it I learned not to do alone ever again! Definitely not a good idea. Stupid is expensive!

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