Harbor Freight motorcycle lift


Anything goes - doesn't fit any other category!
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
Bugmerc
Posts: 89
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:57 am
Location: Tucson
Motorcycle: 1999 GL1500 SE
1976 GL1000

Harbor Freight motorcycle lift

Postby Bugmerc » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:31 am



Harbor Freight has their motorcycle lift on sale this weekend for $289.
Do any of you guys have one? Is it worth the money?

Chris



User avatar
thrasherg
Posts: 1837
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift

Postby thrasherg » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:47 am

I have the air/hydraulic ramp from harbor freight (you can raise the bed by pumping with your foot or connecting an air line to it). I have mixed feelings about it. I love the lift to work on my smaller bikes (600CC or smaller) but am not comfortable with my wing on it, the wing is so heavy and wide that it just seems unsafe to me to have it on the lift. the smaller bikes are all great on the lift and it really helps your back (Not bending over all the time) but if you are buying it for your wing, I would measure the width of your wing and the width of the lift and decide for yourself. The lift raised my 1800 wing with no issues and I worked on it with no issues, but it just felt unsafe to me having that much weight up that high, on a lift that sits on some fairly narrow small wheels. I would feel the same way about any lift (not just harbor freight lift) as I feel that any lift with a wing on should be bolted to the floor or have a very wide footprint where the wheels/feet that support the lift are wider than the ramp. I have had my ramp for more than 5 years and never had any issues with it, so they seem good value to me, but I feel that kind of ramp is not safe with a goldwing on it!!

Gary

User avatar
Bugmerc
Posts: 89
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:57 am
Location: Tucson
Motorcycle: 1999 GL1500 SE
1976 GL1000

Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift

Postby Bugmerc » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:44 am

This is the full platform lift, not the type that just lift from the center. Which kind do you have?
Thanks for the info!

User avatar
thrasherg
Posts: 1837
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift

Postby thrasherg » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:28 pm

I have the full platform lift, if you look under the platform where the wheels are located, when the platform is up in the air, all the weight is sitting on the wheels and they are not very wide apart so it all seems a little unstable with all the wings weight up in the air. It's just my opinion, others or you might disagree, if you can go visit harbor freight and raise the platform and see what you think.

Gary

User avatar
Bugmerc
Posts: 89
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:57 am
Location: Tucson
Motorcycle: 1999 GL1500 SE
1976 GL1000

Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift

Postby Bugmerc » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:48 pm

Hmm, ok. I bought it but it's still in the box. I certainly have no issue with modifying it or mounting it to the floor. I will check it out closely. Thanks for the heads up!

The main reason I got it is for the gl1000 project. Though I'm sure I'll put the big one on it on occasion (if it can handle it).
My brother also had a Harley, so God knows it will be in my way a lot! Hahaha

User avatar
thrasherg
Posts: 1837
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:21 am
Location: Plano, TX
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift

Postby thrasherg » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:01 pm

Well I hope you like it, I love mine for the smaller bikes and still put my 1800 on it occasionally, I am just very careful not to push sideways on the bike to avoid possible tip overs, I am sure you will be fine, it is so much nicer to work on a bike when it's at waist height.

Gary




Return to “Goldwing Chat”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests