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I can not ever imagine anyone lifting their bike on any lift on the side stand. I would not even think of lifting a bike only on the center stand and strapped down on both sides. The center stand must be setting on the cross member of the platform and a ratchet tie down strap on both sides holding the bike.
 

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This post leaves me speechless...other than to say, "HOLY CRAP!". :eek:
Glad to hear you're OK. And thanks for having the guts to post about your misfortune.
 

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Which lift is superior?

I have been considering getting a lift. The cost (I have 'guestimated' to be around $1,000.00) would easily repay me by me doing my own wrenching.

Which ones are considered by the group to be best?

BTW, which lift caused the catastrophy? Glad no human daamage was done!
 

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hallzee said:
I have been considering getting a lift. The cost (I have 'guestimated' to be around $1,000.00) would easily repay me by me doing my own wrenching.

Which ones are considered by the group to be best?

BTW, which lift caused the catastrophy? Glad no human daamage was done!
I am presuming that the HF was for Harbor Freight.

Dealerships I have been in use the Handy Lift. I have no personal experience but would like to think that the dealers would buy a decent lift.

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Pictures

My neighbor took about a dozen pictures for me without a memory card in her camera. So, sorry no pictures.
 

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I use Viking Lift. Manufacturer is here in the D/FW area, so saved freight by picking it up locally. It's been great so far.
 

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I used the lift when it was obviously and to my knowledge not in proper condition. Thus, this incident is clearly my "fault" for using the lift in it's compromised state. Had the lift been level and in good condition, the movement of the bars would have not caused the same result.
I find it a bit odd that you speak badly of the lift, when you admit it was not in proper condition nor was it level.
I use a HF lift. It has a front wheel clamp that is always tightened when the bike is on the lift (I would NEVER put a bike - any bike - up on a lift solely on a sidestand). The lift is always leveled prior to riding up on it, and once the bike is on it, I always strap it down, just to be sure. I've had absolutely zero problems with my HF lift, and feel completely safe working on the bike when it is on the lift. Sure beats working on the ground!
 

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Tat_n_Telle said:
I find it a bit odd that you speak badly of the lift, when you admit it was not in proper condition nor was it level.
I use a HF lift. It has a front wheel clamp that is always tightened when the bike is on the lift (I would NEVER put a bike - any bike - up on a lift solely on a sidestand). The lift is always leveled prior to riding up on it, and once the bike is on it, I always strap it down, just to be sure.
funny how most seem to have missed the details you pointed out and then press on bad mouthing the lift. I'm glad he wasn't injured BUT even with a "better" lift, if it isn't used properly or used when it isn't working right, the same thing can/will result.
 

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Harbor Freight Lift and dropped bikes

Hey, where did the original post in this thread go?

I posted about dropping my R90S off my Harbor Freight lift;
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20248&highlight=R90S
it was entirely my fault. The result of short cuts and carelessness. What happened would have happened with any lift.

My Harbor Freight lift (1000lbs version, HF now has a 1200lb model in their catalog) handles the K1200LT just fine. The lift does have a little bit of lateral sway from the fully lowered position to a couple of inches raised. Once past the first couple of inches of lift the platform is quite stable.

I did put my old airhead up on the lift using the center stand only, which wasn't smart. But then I knocked the bike off the lift by opening the garage door with the lift in the full up position; the garage door pushed the bike forward off the centerstand and the bike fell. Strictly operator error.

I would not put any bike up on the lift using the side stand, and certainly not the LT.

I have had the LT up on the Harbor Freight lift with no problems at all. Bike was on the centerstand and the front wheel was secured in the wheel clamp. A couple of additional tie-down straps can be added for insurance.
 
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