Bill, I have spent HOURS getting the video taken, converted, hosted, etc. to get this to you. It was worth every second I spent on the project as I have finally figured out the process. Thanks for the push! I needed it.
It really is easy to load and unload the bike from the lift. Until I welded the angle iron supports and commandeered my pickup loading ramps to make side extensions I used to just load it on using the width of the lift only. It is much safer now with the side extensions!
Please note: Some safety equipment was removed in order to clarify the process being filmed. Do not try this at home without all safety equipment installed! (tee hee hee)
Side view of lift with homemade extensions and ramp raiser to reduce angle of ramp:
End view of ramp in lowered position. Note that there is a removable section on the lift which can be removed in order to remove the rear wheel. Make sure your lift has this option. It's very handy:
View of Harbor Freight Wheel Chock. This is what allows me to place the bike on the ramp unassisted. It is not evident in the video below but once the front wheel is in the chock there is no need to hold on to the bike. I do toss a couple straps around the front forks above the front fender just to be absolutely sure but there is no issue getting on or off the bike safely without it being strapped down. I also make sure the forks are strapped when I use my mini floor jack to raise the rear of the bike off the lift.:
Here is a professionally filmed
, and produced
video of the drive on, capture, release, and ride off of the ramp. I hired a professional camera woman (my wife) and a dashing actor to portray myself riding the bike. The bike was ridden onto the ramp, captured in the wheel chock, the bike was dismounted, lifting/lowering simulated, and the bike was finally backed out of the chock and down the ramp.
I may move the side boards toward the rear of the lift by about 6-8 inches.
Originally Posted by Boatzo
Pictures would help a lot.
Do you ride into the front wheel chock and leave the bike into it while you dismount and then put the bike on the center stand?
My other concern is backing off the lift. I just find the LT so awkward to horse around and am scared to death of dropping it on a lift.