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Portable Jack

Postby hap2 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:01 am



Has anyone ever heard of a portable jack that a solo rider can take with them to easily make their bike upright again if it falls down?

I've heard of them, but don't know what they're called, how they work, how much they cost, or where I can get one here in Canada.

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby minimac » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:32 am

There used to be a giant balloon like thingy that was marketed for jacking up a car. When it was deflated it would easily fold up pretty small. With our on board compressors, it would be easy to inflate and get the bike back upright.

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby hap2 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:57 am

Do u know if they were effective? How were they powered? I winder if I can still get one. I wish I knew what they were called.

Thanx for the reply.

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby themainviking » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:55 pm

They work. They are called an X-Jack and are made by ARB and you can still get them. See here:

X-Jack on Amazon

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:48 pm

Wow that "solution" sure comes at a price.

Personally I prefer to keep my bike upright. On the occasion it did go over I picked it up. Can be done with not too much problem if you know how. Check You Tube.

Hap2 - do you have any health issues that would prevent you from picking it up?? Bad back, knees etc??
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Re: Portable Jack

Postby hap2 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:32 pm

cbx4evr: no health issues, but just dunno how to pick it up by myself. Yet another bike related thing that would require someone to teach me how.

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby hap2 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:33 pm

themainviking: thank u very much for the info. I was hoping there's b something a little less expensive, but whatever. Thank u.

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:57 pm

As said earlier, there are videos on YouTube on how to pick it up.
Here is one. Just make sure that if it is laying on the right side, that you put the side stand down so that when you lift it up it doesn't go over to the other side.
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Re: Portable Jack

Postby Bamaeagle » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:59 pm

You can go to youtube and type in "how to pick up a goldwing" and see many different videos. Here is one of them:



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Re: Portable Jack

Postby DarthJ » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:13 am

Those are the best ways to do it. Had to pick mine up last week. Made a rookie mistake and left the thing in neutral in the driveway (facing DOWN, no less!) and sure enough, physics took over. She ended up completely on her side (no damage, totally surprised by that) I just zip tied the front break since she fell on the left side, hauled her onto the tires and then used the technique shown in the videos and came right up, no problem.
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Re: Portable Jack

Postby hap2 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:57 am

I'll have to try that...in a controlled environment & definitely WITH somebody.

Again, best for me is to have someone teach me.

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Re: Portable Jack

Postby themainviking » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:24 am

Hap2, it is not as tough as it looks. In fact, when I wish to change out a rear tire, I lay a large cardboard sheet down, then a blanket on top and lay the bike on it's right side to get the wheel off. When I am done, and the wheel is back on, I grab onto it and lift it back up, ensuring that the sidestand is in place. Piece of cake. It is all leg lift.
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Re: Portable Jack

Postby hap2 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:55 am

I believe u, but once again everything that looks like a personal challenge is easy IF u've done it once.

Thanx for the encouragement.




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