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Which lift to buy?

Post by KCwing » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:05 pm



I am tired of doing maintenance laying on the ground eveytime I need to do something on my bike. I am looking at buying a lift. Can I get some recommendations about a regular lift vs. table lift? I would love to get both but the budget won’t allow that. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.



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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:14 pm

I have the Sears Aluminum motorcycle lift bought 15 years ago....

PITA to use it, wish I had the table lift.

HF puts them on sale, and it was about six weeks ago....
That is the cheapest way to go...

One enterprising fellow constructed on out of plywood made into boxes, takes it apart, and stacks each box inside the next smallest one.... sits in a corner,out of the way... a couple of the boxes are 30 degree ramps that stack end over end of each other.

here is one guys version: http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/5-g ... ost1445106


This thread has a lot of ideas in it, including the one I just linked to.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/5-g ... lifts.html


it goes on for 3 pages of different ideas to try.
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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:45 am

KCwing wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:05 pm
I am tired of doing maintenance laying on the ground eveytime I need to do something on my bike. I am looking at buying a lift. Can I get some recommendations about a regular lift vs. table lift? I would love to get both but the budget won’t allow that. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
You can get the Harbor Freight one for under $300 at times.

I've even seen it converted to air hydraulics for under $100.

If you are limited on space you can park the bike on it when not in use.

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:35 pm

I found a picture of the one a friend made...

It stores in a vertical position in a corner of his shop, out of the way.
notice how he used ramps to get the bike up, and two ramps on the sides so that your feet have something under them as you ride up.

This was used just yesterday for a group "maintenance session" in his area.


the ramps are not attached, just hook onto the table.
the wider top surface is separate also.



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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:40 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:35 pm
I found a picture of the one a friend made...

It stores in a vertical position in a corner of his shop, out of the way.
notice how he used ramps to get the bike up, and two ramps on the sides so that your feet have something under them as you ride up.

This was used just yesterday for a group "maintenance session" in his area.


the ramps are not attached, just hook onto the table.
the wider top surface is separate also.


Home made bike table.jpg
How does 1 person get the bike on/off it and lock it in place ?

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by KCwing » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:48 pm

HF may be my best bet. I’m going to check Craigslist for about a month and watch HF one to see when it may go on sale.

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:15 pm

KCwing wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:48 pm
HF may be my best bet. I’m going to check Craigslist for about a month and watch HF one to see when it may go on sale.
Ya it's currently $429 but was on sale a few weeks ago for $329 and 2 months ago it was on sale for $289.

They do these sales all the time so the longer you can wait the more $$ you can save.

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:18 pm

SnoBrdr wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:40 pm
AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:35 pm
I found a picture of the one a friend made...

It stores in a vertical position in a corner of his shop, out of the way.
notice how he used ramps to get the bike up, and two ramps on the sides so that your feet have something under them as you ride up.

This was used just yesterday for a group "maintenance session" in his area.


the ramps are not attached, just hook onto the table.
the wider top surface is separate also.


Home made bike table.jpg
How does 1 person get the bike on/off it and lock it in place ?
Did you see the center ramp with the metal bracket on the end of it? That is what the bike rides up on.

In the foreground, he showed just one ramp for the rider's foot to have a support to. There are two of those, one on each side. So, you ride the bike up and at all times, you can be flat-footed on both sides as the bike rides up.

Note the large wide 3/4 Plywood that is laying on top of the main box support, it is wide enough, that you can step off the bike with the kickstand down, just like on pavement. Plywood is 48" wide, enough to put the kickstand down, and step off the bike...

IF, that is not enough for your confidence index, just make yourself a 2nd box that can be slid up adjacent to the one the bike sits on, use that for your left foot.... then that can be your "chair" as you sit and work on the bike.

Note also, that he included a front wheel 'chock block' so he knows exactly how far forward to go with the bike. There are Eyebolts on each side of that wooden platform for Tie Down Straps.... the picture does not do justice to what he made.

If you are not comfortable with riding up onto that box, then just use the side ramps for you to walk the bike up, as you ease the clutch out and let it roll itself up on the box. i do the same thing in my Toy Hauler, I walk the bike in as it pulls itself up the ramp.... granted, my ramp is 8 feet wide LOL

here is 'my ramp' http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/mem ... auler.html
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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by SnoBrdr » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:33 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:18 pm
SnoBrdr wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:40 pm
AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:35 pm
I found a picture of the one a friend made...

It stores in a vertical position in a corner of his shop, out of the way.
notice how he used ramps to get the bike up, and two ramps on the sides so that your feet have something under them as you ride up.

This was used just yesterday for a group "maintenance session" in his area.


the ramps are not attached, just hook onto the table.
the wider top surface is separate also.


Home made bike table.jpg
How does 1 person get the bike on/off it and lock it in place ?
Did you see the center ramp with the metal bracket on the end of it? That is what the bike rides up on.

In the foreground, he showed just one ramp for the rider's foot to have a support to. There are two of those, one on each side. So, you ride the bike up and at all times, you can be flat-footed on both sides as the bike rides up.

Note the large wide 3/4 Plywood that is laying on top of the main box support, it is wide enough, that you can step off the bike with the kickstand down, just like on pavement. Plywood is 48" wide, enough to put the kickstand down, and step off the bike...

IF, that is not enough for your confidence index, just make yourself a 2nd box that can be slid up adjacent to the one the bike sits on, use that for your left foot.... then that can be your "chair" as you sit and work on the bike.

Note also, that he included a front wheel 'chock block' so he knows exactly how far forward to go with the bike. There are Eyebolts on each side of that wooden platform for Tie Down Straps.... the picture does not do justice to what he made.

If you are not comfortable with riding up onto that box, then just use the side ramps for you to walk the bike up, as you ease the clutch out and let it roll itself up on the box. i do the same thing in my Toy Hauler, I walk the bike in as it pulls itself up the ramp.... granted, my ramp is 8 feet wide LOL

here is 'my ramp' http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/mem ... auler.html
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Invalid Album specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator.

That's what I got when I tried to see your's,

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:50 pm

IF, you are not Registered with the forum, it will NOT allow you to see any pictures that are hosted on the forum...

this is just a little issue to try and get folks to Register with the forum.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/mem ... auler.html

the link is quite valid, I can assure you, I am the owner of that album, and the oldest member moderator for forum.

I just now loaded up Chrome, made sure it was Logged out of everything, and tried to view that link. And, I got exactly the same message you did...

Please take a few minutes and Register with GoldwingFacts, most of the members here came from there, or are also registered there anyway.
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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by cfairweather » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:54 pm

I have been very happy with the Harbor Freight lift and paid about $250.00 after a 25% discount coupon.

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:48 am

I have collect several lift ideas here's two of them. one a build it your self from wood, one take a MC jack and add a table to it


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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by MikeB » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:52 pm

For ease of use, storage, lift height and easy access to the bike when it is on the jack, get a J&S Jack. I have a Pit Bull jack but if I had seen this video several years ago, I would have bought a J&S jack instead.

A platform lift would be ideal but I just do not have the room for one.

Take a look at this video:


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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:56 am

MikeB wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:52 pm
For ease of use, storage, lift height and easy access to the bike when it is on the jack, get a J&S Jack. I have a Pit Bull jack but if I had seen this video several years ago, I would have bought a J&S jack instead.

A platform lift would be ideal but I just do not have the room for one.

Take a look at this video:


Nice but pricey.

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by SnoBrdr » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:57 am

The Harbor Freight Lift is on sale, with coupon, till 2-18 for $299.99

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Re: Which lift to buy?

Post by KCwing » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:12 am

I just got a Black Friday coupon for the HF table lift for $279. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen it. Looks like that’s the direction I’m heading. Thanks for all your reply’s. You guys are great and this is a great forum!

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