Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift


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Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by jeffmd2 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:57 pm



The Pittsburgh brand Motorcycle Lift from Harbor Freight has worked well for me. With the sale price of $69.99 from time to time, this lift is a great bargain for those in need of one. There is one main issue with this lift that some may not like, others like me will just make it work. With my 1500 and 1800, the lift will not fit under the bike, it is just a little too tall. I came up with a fix to raise the bike up enough to roll the lift under and raise the bike. The next several posts will lay out the steps to do this.






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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by jeffmd2 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:00 pm

I made some risers out of 2X4's and 1X4's to put under each wheel. I also made a riser block for the kickstand so after I got the bike up on the risers I let it rest on the kickstand.





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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by jeffmd2 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:05 pm

Place the risers in front of each wheel and gently drive the bike up on them. I put the bike in reverse and turned the bike off to act as a parking brake. Let the bike down on the kickstand and it should be secure.











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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by jeffmd2 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:12 pm

Now the bike is high enough for the lift to roll under. Align the lift so the rear lift bar is going to hit the forward part of the center stand. After finding the right CG spot, put a piece of tape on the lift that lines up with the foot peg for future easy reference in lining it up. Now gently lift the bike off the kickstand to the upright position, a helper in this step is recommended. The first time I did it with my 1500 I lost control of it and it tipped over causing some plastic damage.





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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by jeffmd2 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:21 pm

Now that it is up in the air, raise it to the desired height. There is a locking bar that can be lowered to catch some bars. This is a safety feature to lock it and relieve the hydraulic jack. The lift also has loops welded on all 4 corners for tie down straps. After the lift is at the height you need, tie the bike down to the lift to secure it. Now the wheels can be removed for tire changing or other maintenance. I hope this helps. The cost of this lift might scare some people away thinking it is not good enough for our very expensive GoldWings. I am very pleased with the way it works.



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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by 6sigmaford » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:46 pm

+1 on the lift.

I used it for several years with my VTX 1800 (chunky cousin to GL) over the long Michigan winters. Lifted it just fine. I always lowered to the hard stops for extended lifting periods. By all means strap the bike to the lift to be safer.

Being able move the lifted bike easily is another big plus.

The price is deceptively low. I won't buy just anything from the Chinese Embassy (HF), but this one piece worked well and is worth a look.
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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by thrasherg » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:21 pm

The thing that has always concerned me with the wing, is that when you lift it from underneath like that, it's the exhaust system that is supporting the full weight of the wing, I never know how solid the exhaust systems are and I am sure Honda never engineered it to support the weight of the bike.. I prefer to use a proper lifting table, but it's a lot more expensive than the lift you have!! Just be aware that if your wing exhaust is a bit rusty, it could collapse when you lift the bike that way.

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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:24 pm

thrasherg wrote:The thing that has always concerned me with the wing, is that when you lift it from underneath like that, it's the exhaust system that is supporting the full weight of the wing, I never know how solid the exhaust systems are and I am sure Honda never engineered it to support the weight of the bike.. I prefer to use a proper lifting table, but it's a lot more expensive than the lift you have!! Just be aware that if your wing exhaust is a bit rusty, it could collapse when you lift the bike that way.

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I use a couple pieces of wood that I cut that go just inside the exhaust and butt up against the frame, and stick down farther than the exhaust. That way the jack is lifting the bike by the frame, not by the exhaust.

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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by Corkster52 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:01 pm

I just picked up one of these from Harbor Freight this morning. With a slight nudge, it does go under my 88 1500. I haven't tried it on my 99 Aspencade yet. Glad to see your words of confidence with the lift. I was a little nervous about spending only $79 when a number of folks were suggesting to go with a J&S for $400. ;)

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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by Corkster52 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:37 am

Got the wheels off the ground but, on the Aspencade, I did have to put the kickstand up on the block for the lift to clear the frame on the left side.

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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by Corkster52 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:17 pm

I was able to attach tie-downs from the frame to the front loops on the jack. It seems much more solid now! Once I figure out how to attach photos correctly I will add them.

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Re: Pittsburgh 1500lb Motorcycle Lift

Post by Corkster52 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:34 pm

Had it tied down for several days as I did little stuff in the bike at a comfortable height. It felt rock solid! I won't be nearly as nervous next time. I did have to put a block under the kickstand to get it level enough to get the shoes under it.

Also, was able to use the lift to hoist the front end of my lawn tractor so I could change the deck belt. Handy tool!



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