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Exclamation K1200LT is too big

This is a frustration post

Just tried to put the LT on the lift without any help!

CAN'T do it!! It's to big and heavy for one old "fart" to handle alone!

I can put the others on without any help, NOT this one!!

ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!!

Hate to say it but it may be time to sell he LT and stay with the lighter machines!

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Re: K1200LT is too big

You need to try a different technique that is about 50% of the effort of the "correct" technique that 90% of LT riders will now chime in and tell you about... which of course is not only wrong it's a great way to throw your back out.

I'll need to check some archives to find the easy way and will post it in a few minutes.

It also helps to make sure the rear hydraulic reservoir is full - and a tire with adequate tread is a big help as well.

My 130 Pound girlfriend can put it on the center stand with NO problem.


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Here you go - follow these instructions and make sure you are wearing a hard soled shoe or boot when you put your full weight on your left foot:

http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...ts&Main=225646


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This is a frustration post

Just tried to put the LT on the lift without any help!

CAN'T do it!! It's to big and heavy for one old "fart" to handle alone!

I can put the others on without any help, NOT this one!!

ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG!!

Hate to say it but it may be time to sell he LT and stay with the lighter machines!
Don't feel too bad, I won't put anything larger than an airhead on a lift by myself. I always have the wife stand by to close the wheel clamp.

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post #5 of 26 Old Oct 26th, 2012, 3:34 pm
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Re: K1200LT is too big

Are we talking lift or center stand?

Center stand is easy with proper weight transfer. I could do it bare footed.

Problem with my lift (smaller HF) was that she was too big. Never tried it with the power center stand, now that the R65 is off, maybe I'll try it again.

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Are we talking lift or center stand?

Center stand is easy with proper weight transfer. I could do it bare footed.

Problem with my lift (smaller HF) was that she was too big. Never tried it with the power center stand, now that the R65 is off, maybe I'll try it again.

Guys, LIFT, I have NO problem getting it on the center stand, in fact I have taught several people including my 110 lb daughter how to put it on the center stand.

Going to build two "side boards" for the lift, I was just frustrated this a.m. as I wanted to get started on it today:-) .

Thanks for the input

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Re: K1200LT is too big

I have the Handy with the "wings" and I just ride it up as that is where I store the LT. I guess since I do it every time I ride the old girl it has become second nature. Kind of like practicing U-truns in the road, the more you do it the easier it gets.

But If you have the HF lift I feel your pain as it took five of us to safely get it up as the under rider kept hitting the ramp up at Iron Horse lodge last weekend..

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Re: K1200LT is too big

Yeah, riding the LT onto a lift table without any place to put your feet is down right scary.
Trying to put the LT on a lift table by standing beside the bike isn't recommended either.

To ride on requires a couple of planks or boxes on either side of the lift table for a place to put my feet. Once on the table, I lower the sidestand, get off the bike and then put it on the center stand.


On the subject of centerstands, for those with a manual centerstand who would like an ride-on centerstand here's a trick. A one inch thick board and a piece of 2x2 (or 2x4). Put the board on the 2x2 in front of the front wheel as pictured. Using first gear, ride up the inclined board. Then switch to reverse.
Using your left foot, push the centerstand down until it touches the ground. While holding the center stand against the ground, engage reverse. The bike will back up onto the center stand. Shut off the bike and put the bike back in 1st gear.
After getting off the bike the 2x2 can be kicked out from under the board, and then the board kicked out from under the front tire. Once the board is out from under the front tire, the rear wheel can be rotated for checking the tire pressure and lubing the drive chain.
(Putting a hand on the front cowl to steady the bike is a good idea, especially if you have a gravel drive like I do.)


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Re: K1200LT is too big

A few suggestions...

One; Change the angle of the ramp, to be lees steep. It can be done with lumber, or as fancy as you choose.

Two; Use the engine CAREFULLY...

Three; Sink the lift into the floor...level. You lose a few inches of lift but?

Four; Attach a light-duty winch to the front of the lift with a cabled remote, attaching it to a soft strap around the forks to pull it up slowly.
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Re: K1200LT is too big

Just picked up a TX1000XLT from Derek Weaver this afternoon.
It's the model with a front extension and 2 side boards.
Got it off the truck and will assemble and put the bike on it tomorrow.
I'll let you know if the side extensions are an aid.
Or I'll post from the ER on my blackberry
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Just picked up a TX1000XLT from Derek Weaver this afternoon.
It's the model with a front extension and 2 side boards.
Got it off the truck and will assemble and put the bike on it tomorrow.
I'll let you know if the side extensions are an aid.
Or I'll post from the ER on my blackberry
If you know anyone else who wants that exact same lift but for less $$, let me know.

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post #12 of 26 Old Oct 27th, 2012, 9:57 am
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Re: K1200LT is too big

now you tell me.

Edited to add, just drove the LT up the loading ramp and secured by myself.
No issues, just set the vise to just over rim width and drive the front tire into it. Hold securely enough to dismount the truck and secure with tie downs. Clamp the vise and it's almost rock solid.
Ramp extensions provide great footing and the ramp incline is not so steep as to cause any unease or balance issues.

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I ride them on the lifts all the time. I have the side extensions sitting on the floor. I balance the bike while I get off if the side stand hangs to far off the table. While holding the left bar I tighten the clamp.

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Concrete blocks... Three on each side I believe gives you the footing you need to get the LT up and on the lift..

I have a wheel chock on mine that captures the wheel and then you can get off the bike and strap it up...



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Re: K1200LT is too big

I also have the HF lift but I changed the wheel chock to the HF one that captures the rear of the front wheel as you drive onto it,
that made it a little more difficult to get the bike all the way forward,

so what I do now is I start the motor in first gear,
stand beside the lift (I don't have wings, yet)
and feather the clutch as she rolls into place, then hit the kill switch
its a little scary but pretty easy.

To get the bike of the lift, I start the motor and use reverse all the way off the ramp onto the concrete,
that's real easy.


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I have the Handy lift. Being a FRUGAL individual refused to spend the $ for the Handy Wings. Got two 2 X 12's and 2 4' long black iron pieces of pipe. Screwed a piece of 2 X 6 vertical to the underside of the 2 X 12, inserted the pipe through the holes in the front and back of the lift and set the 2X's on the pipes. Drilled holes in the ends of the pipe and put screw eyes in the side of the 2X's aligned with the pipe holes and insert bolts through the screw eyes and pipe to secure the wings. Works great and provides a place to set parts and tools while working on the bike. Made a couple of ramps leading up to the wings which let me keep a firm footing while riding the bike up onto the ramps. Works great.

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If you know anyone else who wants that exact same lift but for less $$, let me know.
Tony, are you saying you have a lift for sale? If so, let me know.

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Lynn -
Dan, I wouldn't say totally worthless. Perhaps your visualization skills or spacial imaging is a little weak.

I actually like Lynn's idea. He sounds like a cheapskate like me. I'm liable to borrow his idea.

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I just built a couple of wooden folding ramps that allow me to ride it up. Yes, extend the ramp about a foot and a half. It'll clear the edge then.


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I made wings for my HF lift out of plywood with 1X 's legs. I ride the LT on the lift and just use the wings to help steady me when the bike is far enough up the ramp that my feet are off the ground. I stopped pushing bikes up the ramp after I pushed my GS up the ramp and then had it fall off the lift away from me.

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I made wings for my HF lift out of plywood with 1X 's legs. I ride the LT on the lift and just use the wings to help steady me when the bike is far enough up the ramp that my feet are off the ground. I stopped pushing bikes up the ramp after I pushed my GS up the ramp and then had it fall off the lift away from me.
I was frustrated yesterday and it scared the crap out of me when it almost fell over. Was able to "back" down without droping the big rascal .

Thanks everyone, going to build a couple of "sideboards" for the HF lift, as many of you suggested.

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Concrete blocks... Three on each side I believe gives you the footing you need to get the LT up and on the lift..

I have a wheel chock on mine that captures the wheel and then you can get off the bike and strap it up...



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I have a wheel chock on mine;but it seems like my biggest trick is getting front wheel in the wheel chock ;while the back wheel is still coming up the ramp;maybe you can help me out on this matter John.

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I have a mirror mounted on the wall since you cannot see the front tire on the LT. When loading on the trailer I have a pvc pipe sticking up at the back of the chock to guide on.

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I have a mirror mounted on the wall since you cannot see the front tire on the LT. When loading on the trailer I have a pvc pipe sticking up at the back of the chock to guide on.

Thanks John;I never thought of the mirror trick on wall thing;that would be the answer because that was my problem coming up and not seeing the front wheel.
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An old speaker magnet with a used antennae attached works wonders for backing up to trailers, pulling onto work tables, etc. I have two. One for the bumper, one on the trailer tongue. I never miss.


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