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    proper work table height?

    I'm building a table(fixed) to run my newly purchased '78 R80/7 onto and give her a good going over(new cables/wiring/carb rebuild/cleaning/wheel bearings/shocks/etc....) and was looking for what the forum likes in terms of table height.......I"ve seen them from 10" off the ground up to about 2'. What's worked best for you??
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    Small road corner junkie pffog's Avatar
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    Well at over 6' tall I would be looking at a taller bench, if you are 5;6", you may want less.


    Personally I find bending over is the most uncomfortable position, I would rather sit on the floor than bend over. If I were to make a fixed height, I would opt taller, and just make the the top big enough so there is ample room to climb and stand on, next to the bike. And have a stool to sit on to do the mid height stuff.

    Luckily my wife bought me one of these a few years back. It goes from 3" to about 3'.
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    I made the investment of this lift (Ranger RML-750HD) when I had the Goldwing and it has paid for itself many times over.

    Here is a catalog shot of the complete lift you get - I also got the accessory jack


    Here is another studio shot


    Here is mine in use - checked and i don't have any "in air" shots


    Another cool feature of this lift is noted under the bike wheel, that is a trap drop that you can slide into the lift and then you have complete access to the back wheel, it was super convinient for the Wing, not so much with the BMW as the rear wheel assembly and section is much more acessible.

    This link for the RML-750HD shows the completeness of the lift system. As stated earlier i used to run the GW up and down with no problem and it lifts the GT like nothing.

    The ability to either use compressed air or manual pump to lift is great and you can put the bike at any height to work on it, and lock it there.

    Good luck with your purchase and let us know what you end up doing.

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    What's that noise...? basketcase's Avatar
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    I have the Harbor Freight 1,000 lb lift. The foot operated pump works well for my purposes.



    The photo is a "catalog shot" I pulled from online.
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    How stable are these things? I have visions of my R1200R toppling over from 3 feet up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swall View Post
    How stable are these things? I have visions of my R1200R toppling over from 3 feet up.
    You raise an interesting question, and the mental picture is not all that pleasant to consider!

    No doubt some doofus somewhere has tipped one over but I don't know of such an occurrence and have never had any fear of that.

    Since you mentioned it I went out and measured and the footprint on mine is right at 23" wide, center to center at the wheels where you see them on the left side of the photo I posted above (of the platform table). Also, note that it has two adjustable, threaded legs that can be screwed down against the deck to steady it.

    The table is the latest addition to my toy collection. Previously I have done tire changes, engine and body work, and every other type of maintenance with the bike on the center stand without knocking the bike over. So as long as the bike is properly secured on the platform I don't worry about it.

    I do know of one Gold Winger (not me) who dropped his GL1800 off of a motorcycle jack such as the one pictured below with my SE on it. I'll sell the jack I have just to get it out of my way now that the table is on site.

    The platform tables have wheels on one end that will swivel so they can be moved about. More so than when working on the bike in a stationary position, I would think the danger of tipping to be if someone decided to roll it around with a bike up high and got too frisky with the swiveling end so that the momentum created a problem.

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    I have a Handy air lift. It is rock steady. I can't vouch for all brands because somebody can always build something cheaper and mess it up, but ....

    Go into the dealership of your choice and ask how many times their lift has tipped over.

    Don't be surprised if they look at you funny, though.

    As an aside and further response to one of the comments above, the wheels on one end of my lift don't swivel. They roll in line with the lift as it goes up and down. The other leg has a fixed cross bar which doesn't move. The notion of trying to move the lift with a bike on it is a stretch. I can barely move the lift empty. (See the photo is message 2 from pffog)
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