Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform


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Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby thomba » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:08 pm



I have been curious for a long time whether or not the HF lift would perform. So when they advertised it for $299 I decided to bite the bullet and find out. I'm sure that there are others that are curious as well. So here is my opinion: It's about 300 lbs in the crate - about 250 unpacked. By itself it would be next to impossible for one person to mount a full size cruiser or GW. However, I made a couple of outrigger platforms from scrap lumber approx. 8" tall, 8" wide & 5' long. This is necessary for foot placement when riding the MC onto the lift and for a place for the kick stand to land when getting off the MC. The platform sits abt 7.5" off the ground due to the framework & hydraulic jack below. Two people could mount a MC without any extra.
Scrap Lumber platforms for both sides
Scrap Lumber platforms for both sides

The first MC I loaded was a VTX 1300R. Kick stand overshot the platform so the outriggers served as support while I dismounted and strapped it down.
VTX Kick stand overshoots platform<br />VTX Kick stand
VTX Kick stand overshoots platform
VTX Kick stand

The lift is sturdy with the VTX at full height.
VTX at full height
VTX at full height

The GW is a 93 1500 Asp, a little more top heavy than the VTX. Nevertheless, It loaded much the same way. The kickstand overshot the platform as well.
GW kick stand
GW kick stand

With the front wheel against the stop the weight is pretty well centered, but placing it on the center stand shifts it to rear to where the center stand is on top of the trap door & rear wheel is at the edge of lift platform.
GW on center stand on lift
GW on center stand on lift

GW at full height, on center stand & not strapped down.
GW at full height
GW at full height

My solution was to purchase yet another jack. This is a low clearance 1100 lb cap screw scissor jack. I can place it under either MC while on the lift platform, jack it up, remove the back wheel or in the case of the GW jack it up high enough to lower the center stand without shifting it to the rear.
Scissor Jack
Scissor Jack
Scissor Jack under GW
Scissor Jack under GW

The lift is sturdy enough and workable. It is a space hog and heavy. It does have wheels. I don't regret buying it. Hope that this answers some questions for those who, like myself, were wondering.


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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:54 pm

Very nice report and great with pictures.

Where did you get the scissor jack?
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby thomba » Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:12 pm

I found this scissor jack on ebay for $79 with free shipping. Actually received it via UPS in just 2 days. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1100-LB-Wide-De ... 84&vxp=mtr
There were others that were cheaper but this one is 9" wide the others were just 6" wide. It is quite sturdy and heavy duty. I'm satisfied with it. Max lift is 13".
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:44 pm

I've bookmarked it as I'm not quite ready to pull the trigger yet.

I like the fact that it's small and yet has a lot of surface area, both top and bottom, to make it sturdier.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Oldbear » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:19 pm

I have the Canadian version from Princess Auto. Manual pump or air-over-hydraulic. I removed the original tire clamp that came with the lift. It felt cheap. I replaced it with a tire "lock" chock style. I do use a second person to load the bigger bikes.

I didn't see any straps holding the bike... I use soft handle bar ties that are hooked to 1500lb ratchet straps and then hooked to the front hooks of the lift. I use a scissor jack to lift the bike up and drop the centre stand. I have tie-downs at the back of the lift to hold the front tire up for removal/service. Removing the starter was at eye-level while sitting on my roller car. Oil changes are a breeze. I can easily look over the whole bike for issues - I've found a few that could only be seen from below.

It was the best $400 CDN I spent for my garage. It serves as a lift platform for lawn mowers and snow blowers when the bike isn't on it. I used it to finish welding my welding table. And with two knee surgeries in the near future... no kneeling to do maintenance on the bike.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:43 pm

FYI..Received the latest sale flyer the other day and the HF lift is still on for $299
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby joe7581 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:54 pm

You're review on the lift was spot-on and the outriggers are an excellent idea that I adopted and highly recommend! I would like to make one suggestion for the outriggers; screw a couple of "L" brackets on the outriggers to catch the lip on the platform to keep them from kicking out or rolling sideways away from the platform. A little bit of safety goes a long way.

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby thomba » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:52 pm

Excellent suggestion Joe. I do in fact have exactly that on my outriggers now. As mentioned in a previous post, the lift is quite handy for changing oil in lawn mowers and such by removing the trap door and jacking that baby up. Much easier on the knees and better able to see out of these bifocals.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby dennislp » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:15 pm

just set mine up built the sides for it I set mine to the floor with anchors solid as a rock put strings down from roof leave bottom of straps hooked hang top on string .I pull on grab straps hook to handle bars and get off no need to even put side stand down

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby 69Hank » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:02 am

We don't have HB here in Canada we have PA (Princess Auto), I purchased the exact same lift at PA. This this works great lifts well on both a 1200 and 1800, only issue we find is the table is too short for the Wings. To rectify this my buddy mentioned we should extend or relocate the front wheel stopper. Tickity Tacky and its now welded flush to the front of the table with a support rod from each side. Now we can get up on the centre stand and remove the rear tire with no hassles.

PS another neat hack is putting larger wheels for moving into storage. Here in Northern Ontario it snows (alot every year seams like more than the last) we are changing the garage from winter to summer toys and the casters don't move to easy on the grass. Luckly with snow comes an abundance of snowblowers, i salvaged a set of tires from an old snowblower and with the addition of a 3/4" rod have made the PA lift offroad capable for storing and moving. This was too simple I pump the table to the top and slip the rod through the lockpin holes then slip on the wheels, 2 hairpins and away you go.

I'm off for a ride but will post pics tonight..

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby ghostvet » Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:58 pm

I have the Exact model from Harbor Freight. Works with my 1100 and my 1500. I installed a piece of diamond plate with some welded "L" bracket underneath for support for where the kickstand goes.

I have had an 1100 project rebuild on it now for several years. I really want to get the 1100 off of it though... Lol Anyone want a great project bike?

Anyway, I will try to post some pics later.

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby corkman4 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:31 am

Has anyone used this lift with an 1800 Goldwing?
I find that the GL1800 is a little to heavy for this motorcycle lift and need to "help" lift the bike by having someone lift the platform while I am pumping it up. Maybe I just have too much junk loaded in, and on, my GL1800? It could just be me, but I thought I would ask others if they experienced the same thing.

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Oldbear » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:07 pm

69hank said that he used it for 1200 and 1800. The lift should hand 1,000lbs with no really issues.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Paulcf » Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:37 pm

My buddy in Colorado has this exact same lift from HF. It easily raises a GL1800. We do our own tire changes and remove BOTH wheels (tied down properly of course). Once time we forgot to put the safety stop and the hydraulic pump didn't sag one bit! I wouldnt' recommend you do that, but it was nice to know it was that solid. DO CHECK THE HYDRAULIC fluid when you buy one, his was almost empty and it would not have worked unless he filled it up which he obviously had to do.

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Andy V. » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:57 am

Has anyone ever done a rear tire change with this HF lift on a GL1800 with a trailer hitch installed? I currently use an overhead comealong with two straps on the seat grab rails. It works fine but a little tricky to get the bike up high enough.

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby wilco » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:52 am

I too have a trailer hitch on my 1800 GW. I have a motorcycle lift but I find it a pain in the *** to remove the panels and the hitch to replace the rear tire. I changed the rear tire by laying the bike over on it's side on a moving blanket. I found it necessary to drop the center stand while the bike is on it's side to keep it from trying to roll back up.

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby SequiMike » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:21 pm

Andy V. wrote:Has anyone ever done a rear tire change with this HF lift on a GL1800 with a trailer hitch installed? I currently use an overhead comealong with two straps on the seat grab rails. It works fine but a little tricky to get the bike up high enough.

Be careful using the seat grab rails to lift the bike - they are not even recommended for tying the bike down. The long bolts will bend at the point where they screw into the frame. I know this from experience and had to hammer them straight again.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby mweddy@gmail.com » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:47 pm

Who needs a lift for changing a back tire? I can have mine off in less than three minutes.
You just need a couple of pieces of carpet so you don't scratch the crash bars when you lay it down.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Oldbear » Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:34 pm

mweddy@gmail.com wrote:Who needs a lift for changing a back tire? I can have mine off in less than three minutes.
You just need a couple of pieces of carpet so you don't scratch the crash bars when you lay it down.


That won't work for my 1100. I need to drive the axle shaft from the throttle side to the clutch side. And after knee surgery I don't like kneeling very much... :o
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby hlh1 » Fri May 06, 2016 6:30 pm

Can the rear wheel on a 1500 be dropped and changed through the rear trap door?

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby hlh1 » Sat May 07, 2016 1:55 pm

Because of this excellent post I went ahead and bought one of these lifts.






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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Oldbear » Sat May 07, 2016 9:36 pm

I've made the following mods to mine. I've added a large rubber dock bumper to brace the front as I drive to the front of the lift - it levered forward my first load. I added braces at the back corners with rubber feet - the first time I drove on the front lifted and I had an 1100cc motorcycle lift that wanted to drive across my shop. I turfed the original wheel chock in favor of a more secure one.

And now you have a lifting workbench when your bike isn't on it. I fix the lawn mower, snow blower and in this case my mobile work bench...
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby hlh1 » Sun May 08, 2016 7:22 am

The workbench idea is great!

Did you have to drill holes in the platform for the updated wheel chock?

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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby Oldbear » Sun May 08, 2016 11:19 am

hlh1 wrote:The workbench idea is great!

Did you have to drill holes in the platform for the updated wheel chock?


Yes I did. The front outriggers and the rear chock mount - the front ones lined up with the old mount. But it all seems to line up between the frame-work on the underside. The front "landing pad" is mounted using the wheel chock front mount.
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Re: Harbor Freight 1000 lb motorcyle lift platform

Postby johnw3 » Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:34 pm

I have an older Harbor Lift with the L shaped front wheel clamp. Much better for supporting the bike. If the front wheel can't lean, the bike can't fall over. Also I purchased rubber tire chaulk to prevent the lift from rolling, when loading and unloading. The screw down stops never quite worked. At one time I had a U bolt on the front end and a boat winch mounted to the wall to stand the table up when not in use. If it's down it catches everything. I roll mine out to the truck to unload. The lift is as high as my truck bed. Now I try to keep a bike on it. I also have to keep a block handy for the side stand. Had mine for about 10 years.




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