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Looking to get a motorcycle lift so I'm not on my knees so much when working on the bike.

Looking at the Kendon Stand Up Lift and was wondering if anyone has any experience with them and what your thoughts are. I like the ability to fold flat and store against a wall.

http://www.kendonusa.com/cruiserlift.html


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That looks like a nice lift, But are you going to have problems when you need to remove a tire for some reason?
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tandem54 wrote:That looks like a nice lift, But are you going to have problems when you need to remove a tire for some reason?
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I've given this some more thought after reading some reviews that I Googled. Don't think it's the lift I would buy. It's too narrow. Remove a wheel and you need to support the bike with a scissor jack. And with no platform you are dropping things into the channel track.

For a smaller bike than a Goldwing it may be okay.
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Buying a lift was the best thing I ever did. There are a lot better lifts out there for the money. I purchased a Titan Lift model 1500-XLT and the dealer shipped it right to my house. Easy set-up and a real body saver on the knees and back. Should have done this years ago! The lift is very well built and the best for the money through my research. They have lots of different models available. I went with the quick detach kit and Bulldog Chock version. I remove the chock and park my truck right over the lift. You should check out Titan Lifts, I found them on the web.
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Here is another interesting option. Very much like the center post lifts that most automotive shops use now. No table, but lots of access.

I do not have one of these, but if I were shopping it would be strongly considered.

http://lifts-and-stands.com/index.php/e ... etail.html
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SKMURDOCK wrote:Here is another interesting option. Very much like the center post lifts that most automotive shops use now. No table, but lots of access.

I do not have one of these, but if I were shopping it would be strongly considered.

http://lifts-and-stands.com/index.php/e ... ail.muhtml
A lift like that might be nice, but I can't see paying that much for something I don't use much.
If I were going to repair or work on a lot of bikes I would buy one for sure!!
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sulli wrote:Buying a lift was the best thing I ever did. There are a lot better lifts out there for the money. I purchased a Titan Lift model 1500-XLT and the dealer shipped it right to my house. Easy set-up and a real body saver on the knees and back. Should have done this years ago! The lift is very well built and the best for the money through my research. They have lots of different models available. I went with the quick detach kit and Bulldog Chock version. I remove the chock and park my truck right over the lift. You should check out Titan Lifts, I found them on the web.
I totally agree with your opinion about the "Titan 1500". I just purchased it's younger brother, the "1500 Electric." It works great, and provides options to lift my lawn tractor, and neighbor's 4wheeler as well. I like the 1500lb rating and it appears well built. I agree size does matter in some things, but the quick disconnect of the optional side rails, and easy to raise/lower castors makes it easy to roll out of the way when not in use. I debated over the 1000lb version, and the electric over hydraulic pump options, and decided to roll in this years and next years birthday/Christmas presents into one and go for what I wanted. I'm being told I no longer have any excuse why the rear rim and undercarriage is not as shiny as the top, since i don't have the excuse of having to crawl around on my knees and back to get the job done. I applaud those of you who found options less expensive, and still effective.
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I bought the one that Harbor Freight puts on sale a lot - "reg price' listed as $599-699. Lowest I've seen it (and what I bought it for) is $299. One hell of a lot better than trying to use just a jack and still being on the floor.
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I have the Kendon cruiser lift. Bought used and had to replace the air / hydraulic cylinder. Manual pump up worked but air lift did not.

After repair the unit works well but as you need a spot person to safely load it I may build some ramp to allow ride on. My 2018 dct is heavy.
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Looks like a pretty nice lift but I would prefer one that has a wider stance. Your lifting nearly a #1000 bike when lifting a Wing and you want maximum lateral stability.

My Handy Lift is over 20 years old and the only thing I have ever done to it is grease it, and install new seals about 2 years ago.

My Handy Lift is recessed into my garage floor,so all I do is drive onto it when I want to lift the bike. If your buying a lift, my recommendation is guy a good one - a good one will last a lifetime!!


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Thanks. I am looking at US made motorcycle lifts that I can ride up onto. Seems like Handy and HMC both state customers should not ride up on the lift ...

My garage concrete floor is not that deep in the center to allow for a 6 - 7 inch trench to place the lift in it. Also I want the option to add the side extender panels to help the ride on loading and loading process so any hole would be large.

I think I am need getting the Handy SAE lift with the Handy vice and side panels. About $1900 delivered to the house.

Thanks for the reply.
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I have an older Handy lift that I put 1x10 side extensions on the length of the lift for more work area. I always ride my bikes up on the lift. You could not push a goldwing up on one. At least I couldn't.
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Phunnybone wrote: Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:54 pm I bought the one that Harbor Freight puts on sale a lot - "reg price' listed as $599-699. Lowest I've seen it (and what I bought it for) is $299. One hell of a lot better than trying to use just a jack and still being on the floor.
There is one caution on this lift, it's narrow. Not that it's a bad lift, I had one for a couple of years and the only thing I HAD to do was to bolt on a plate at the side for the kick stand to rest on. I also put 4x4 boards beside the lift to have somewhere to step down off of the bike as the table was too narrow to use as a step. Other than that it worked well, just check the specs of table size before you buy or be willing to put up with it.


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