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New Cycle Lift in Charlotte N.C.

I just got my new cycle lift in my garage and would like some tips on using it.

Like tying bike down,& jacking bike up
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This is how I strap it down.


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Hey Dave--do you work on your bike in your living room? If that's your garage--I want one. Nice work space!!!!!

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Personally, If I was using a lift, in addition to any other straps etc, I would install a safety thats hooked around a ceiling joist. 800lbs of bmw would really spoil your day if it fell on top of you!

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Not sure if it's available for that model lift but would recommend a front wheel vice. Makes life a whole lot safer. Good too when working without the center stand down.

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Re: New Cycle Lift in Charlotte N.C.

+1 on the front wheel vice. It makes it easier to tie down.

Always use tiedowns, and do not run them to the handlebars. (apologies if that is painfully obvious)

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The Harbor Freight lift comes with the vise, but I found it to awkward to use by yourself. Once the bike is on the (see the 5' long wood boxes against the wall that are the same height as the lift, one on each side) lift I put the side stand down on the wood box. Then it's easy to put on the center stand. With the front wheel in the vise you have to use another jack under the engine to lift the bike to deploy the center stand. I put the straps on the foot pegs until the tupperware is off, then I move the straps forward to the frame. I also run a strap from the center stand to the front wheel, to prevent the center stand folding up. If I were doing major work, I would use the vise and a jack to lift the bike. I haven't felt the need to tie the bike off from overhead, if I did I would use an engine crane or tripod.


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The lift I just got is rated at 1500 lbs. I bought it from Complete Hydraulic Service & Sales in Franklin IN. Thanks for all the replies. I got 6 cycle D rings from local trailer company & installed 4 one on each corner for now.

I have had bike on lift twice now & think I will use the vice for temp. use only. It seems that this bike is so heavy the vice alone would put to much stress on the wheel & axle. I used the jack that came with it & jacked up the bike on the engine guard to put on the center stand is this ok.

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The lift I just got is rated at 1500 lbs. I bought it from Complete Hydraulic Service & Sales in Franklin IN. Thanks for all the replies. I got 6 cycle D rings from local trailer company & installed 4 one on each corner for now.

I have had bike on lift twice now & think I will use the vice for temp. use only. It seems that this bike is so heavy the vice alone would put to much stress on the wheel & axle. I used the jack that came with it & jacked up the bike on the engine guard to put on the center stand is this ok.


Wow...what a REALLY great looking lift! We have got to get together real soon and talk shop! When my GT gets back from the dealer, I'll call and we'll get together and have some fun! Below are a few pics of my lift and garage. We could host some kinda TECH SESSION!
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I would like to have & attend tech. sessions. My garage is 30' x 50' with a 10' x 15' enclosed heated room. This is my main mode of transportation and all help & knowledge is very much welcomed. I have plenty of parking for all kinds of vehicles.
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The lift I just got is rated at 1500 lbs. I bought it from Complete Hydraulic Service & Sales in Franklin IN. Thanks for all the replies. I got 6 cycle D rings from local trailer company & installed 4 one on each corner for now.

I have had bike on lift twice now & think I will use the vice for temp. use only. It seems that this bike is so heavy the vice alone would put to much stress on the wheel & axle. I used the jack that came with it & jacked up the bike on the engine guard to put on the center stand is this ok.


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Hi Joe I saw 34F at 5:30 this morning on Highway 73 E. crossing the rocky river that seems to be the cold spot every day. I live near the Nuke plant on Highway 73.
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With my Handylift and the 12 inch side extensions, front vice, and "transmission overhaul" jack + 2 more lifts in the neighborhood....I'd say we're ready for a major tech seesion......with more lifts than the CLT dealer!!


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Wow...what a REALLY great looking lift! We have got to get together real soon and talk shop! When my GT gets back from the dealer, I'll call and we'll get together and have some fun! Below are a few pics of my lift and garage. We could host some kinda TECH SESSION!

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Hi Joe I saw 34F at 5:30 this morning on Highway 73 E. crossing the rocky river that seems to be the cold spot every day. I live near the Nuke plant on Highway 73.
Funny, I saw 34 F on that same road! I pass (at least until Football is over) over that bridge closer to 6:30.

I work over in Mount Holly so I routinely go past the plant. If you keep going out toward Lincolnton (on 73), there are some reasonable roads that get you to MH (first right after High School). If you can make it to Stanley NC, try "Black Snake Road". It is no Dragon, but some reasonable challenging twisties, especially good for clearing the mind before work

Good thing this morning was 40. Six degrees makes all the difference.

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