Raise your bike without a lift


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Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:29 am



I find that there are times when I have to get down too low to work on the exhaust and some other stuff, I just feel it would be easier for me if things were up about 4" to 10", I own a lift but I thought of a different way, 4 small platforms to the height you wish, the first one will hold your bike the second and third will be the sides so you can safely step off the bike and place it on the center stand and the fourth one would be the ramp and part platform together.. ok, my idea is this, ride the bike up the platforms and set it on the side stand, get off and place the bike on the center stand and break away the other three platforms, put two large eyebolts in the sides so you can strap the bike down for saftey. The rear platform is a platform ramp combo when you remove it, it would breakaway so there is but 4" left on the back side of the centerstand..Now is this insane or what.. Might just work.. :D It would be the same as being on the floor, i'd double the plywood though and put a extra joist where the center stand goes..This should be cheap to make..I want mine not to be too wide either..Tell me if you guy's think this is a good or bad idea..Thank's.. :D



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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:11 am

I like.Beats my overhead lift idea.Extend the ramp and raise it to 3 feet.Everything is near eye level then.The slide boxes double as storage for tools and spare parts,a place to sit and work.Keep it rigid tho,thats a lot of weight on a small footprint.Add a stop so you don't run off the end.See pix.
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:22 am

That's the basic idea yes sir, I'd make it solid frame all the way to about 4" the other side of the centerstand then break it away from the rear once you raise the bike.., but your drawing is something like I am suggesting but with a cool extra feature, like the tool compartments, I'd use long strong screws for the framing not nails, I like working from my swivel chair or stool, raising it would be perfect, and it really doesn't have to be much if you think about it..The only difference is your talking feet and I'm talking inches..ha ha, I'm sure what you have there is perfect but being up that high might freak out some people..ha ha,, I thought I was insane.. :lol:
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:45 am

How about using one of the harbor freight front wheel chock at the front?Self locking,no straps,no centerstand.see the pix
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:50 am

yeh, good idea..but I was planing on having everything as if it was still on the floor..I do need a removable stop up front though..I want it on the centerstand..With that thing you can't remove your front wheel..That stop would be perfect if I was using your set up..now I see why you have the sheat across, so you can remove that..good idea, but we're both wanting too different things, you want to be able to stand I want my stool..

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:02 pm

Designing.ain't it fun ? Incorporate all the ideas.Lower the height to suite the stool,make the wheel chock removable(one for front end repair,one for rear)Center slide removable(can get under the bike easier)So many ideas,maybe make it more versatile.Built in lighting,tool tray,cup holder,radio.My minds ideas sometimes over-extent my wallet tho.It's still a good idea no matter how it's done.Just anything to keep the mind and body active.

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:39 pm

Yep, the more idea's go into something the better the over all idea work's and everyone is happy, I'm all about cheap, how much would it cost..both ideas are excellent, I really like the idea you can get totally under it..Cup for your coffee or drink :shock: a light :shock: is there an outlet for your electric :lol: doe's a pretty girl pop out when you open the door up :lol: That's right I'm crazy but your insane... :lol: Hey I want one of those, I make those coffee cups too..Radio too...ha ha

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby cbach1981 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:18 pm

Keep a midget mechanic in one of those storage drawers, just in case you need an assistant!!!
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:45 am

Or this..set up plus a ramp
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:05 pm

Yes, yes, that's getting close, but I would like to have more platform to step off the bike than you have there, which would be the left side breakaway box I want to be able to pull out the rear box so you have nothing under the rear wheel, so when you remove your swingarm and work on the vacuum advance and mechanical advance and clutch ect.you can do it with ease with nothing in the way... the right side is simply for safety when you step off, I really like what you did there..too high for me I think I'm going up with a 2x8s" framing and double ply[8"or so]..Thank's for the input, cool..photo's.. :D Two freakin cool idea's from two most respectable individuals and a silly guy.....Awesome :D I was finding myself laying on the flippen floor, can't have that man..Too hard to get back up..ha ha what about lockable caster's.. :D

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:33 pm

Here are a few photo's of what I'm writing about..
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I only put one sheet of 1/2 flooring material
I only put one sheet of 1/2 flooring material
I rolled the bike up on it, still need the side boxes..Cool huh,,
I rolled the bike up on it, still need the side boxes..Cool huh,,

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby nhegge » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:03 am

Way cool ideas , gotta be better on the wallet than the lifts .
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby wilf » Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:54 pm

I'm hinking of one of the harbour drieght lifts that rool under the center of bike. Lift bike and slide platforms under front wheel and center stand. The lifts are very cheap when on sale. This would be alot safer for one person to do and you do not need to run bike. the lift is also usefull by itself for quick service work oil changes and like and also for pulling front end off.
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Yes sir, Harbor Freight has some lifts, you should get you one, they will raise your bike as high as it will go. You can work on stuff under it and everything.cool.. :D .

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:59 pm

I finally finished my stands side platforms, just a photo to show you guy's and some notes, and it would be wise to use a hook and screw eye to connect all the platforms together so nothing moves while riding up and off..I've done it a few times now, also on the ramp I went 16" on the slope, better make it like 24 because the engine hit a little, probably because I'm 265lb's...When the ramps are not in use they make great shelves when stood up right..or tables..
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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:49 pm

Safety is always a great idea, if your not coordinated don't do this, if you are then this is the most awesome thing I ever did for working on this machine... I really didn't know it until I had the bike back off and on the floor, what a pain in the behind even with it on the centerstand when it's on the floor..I have some safety latches on it now and I made the ramp 24" to zero a,d I'm a big dude at 270 [Like taco's] and the bike doen't bottom out anymore even with me sitting on it... it's fun and thrilling riding the thing up,, this is not for the goofy guy..ha ha here's are some more photo's..everything is latched down now..
Oh you gotta have a little courage to put that bike on the center on the platform.. :lol: Works for me..It's no harder than on the floor..

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby Britanicus » Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:15 am

I was thinking of putting a winch like an engine hoist from the ceiling of my garage. Winching it up a couple feet the lowering it onto a mechanics table. Using the handle bars and rear lift points to attach the straps. Then when I am done wich it off the table and back onto the ground. That would put the engine at eye level. My back gets too soar bendnig a lot.

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:19 pm

Hope you guys like this video..




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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:24 pm

Cool! I think I would probably put a little "stop" at the front of it in case I got a little exuberant, to keep myself from accidentally driving up and off the end of it. :)

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Re: Raise your bike without a lift

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:58 pm

Yes sir I have a stop, it's just not shown in the video, I have used the HF jack in the past, I like this way better..Pretty cool stuff, some of these crazy dude's will probably go up higher but 2x8 is perfect for me, I just cleaned up my valve cover working off my gaskets off my stool and loved it.. Guy's will really like this and you really notice the difference once its gone or when the bike is back down on the floor.. Now, anyone that may do this will need to be extremely careful, dropping the bike is not an opition..




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