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    Habor Freight Motorcycle Lift

    Just FYI that Harbor Freight has a nice 1000 pound capacity motorcycle lift on sale:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91764

    The lift, seen at the link above, is $399. Store sale is $359. But, there's a coupon in Cycle World good till April for $279.

    This hit my breaking point and I got one. I have the R12RT on it now, doing a full 36k maintenance. I have to say, it's great. Up, down, etc., just the height you want. And although not recommended, you can roll the bike on the lift out of the way if you need to. It has a panel that removes so you can take off the rear wheel w/o removing the exhaust.

    I made some modifications with my MIG welder, but it works fine as is.

    If you've been looking for one, let Santa know.

    -Robo
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    I would be interested in hearing about your mods.

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    Well they were pretty simple.

    1) The lift has a safety lock bar that holds the bike (without the hydraulic jack engaged) at two fixed levels. I found the lowest level to be too high for me to work on the top of the bike (battery work, etc.) while standing. So, I welded an extension piece on with lower holes that allow me to lift and lock the bike at about a 12 inch level off the ground.

    2) When you put the bike on the center stand, it pulls back so far you can't lock the front wheel. I made a slider so that I can put in on the stand, then roll it up to lock the front wheel. I just used those Teflon furniture slides.

    3) It has u-bolts to strap the bike. I wanted two in the rear (instead of the front) and so I welded a U shaped piece of rebar in the back for this.

    4) I didn't do this, but if you work on bikes with no center stand, you might want to buy the self locking front wheel chock (also 29-39 with coupon) so that the bike will be stable, upright, and securely held in place w/o a center stand. You could bolt or weld the chock to the base.

    That's it. Nothing major.

    -Robo
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    Once you work on the bike the first time with a lift you will go why did I not get this sooner!!

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    That is a pretty good deal! A gentleman down the road whom I do work for bought me a different one a few months ago so I would not have to lie on the floor and perform maintenance anymore. I do the work on all his bikes. I was a little proud to accept it, but it is the nicest thing since heated grips. I guess age may make us a little slower, but makes up for it with a little more wisdom.

    I say work smarter, not harder!
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    One day I was lying on the floor of my shop, working on the underside of my airhead, when my wife walked in and said "Why don't you get something so you won't have lie on the floor when you do that?"
    I gave her a big smile and thanked her for the suggestion.

    My HF lift purchase was the best money I ever spent on M/C maintenance.
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    Me too:)

    Got my HF Lift about 5 years ago now, with much happiness/smiles. A BEST buy, ever kind of thing! I took the wheel chock off mine and simple tie downs work for me, without a wheel lock in the front. All said is true with mine too. A HD Dealer happened to be right across the street from my HF Store and those guys were BUYING these lifts(HD Riders) as fast as the store got them in stock. I got lucky one day, walked into HF as one came off the truck and bought mine. Thanks for some good MOD tips, as I may do some of that to mine. Randy

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    it makes all the difference working with the bike a eye level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwdean View Post
    Wow - looks museum quality - very nice
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    Sounds great!
    I wonder if it's an in-store only coupon?
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    It does say that it is valid at the retail store. But, who knows, if you call them they might honor it (code 77392280). I checked and it is $90 to ship to NC, so of course you'd have to factor that cost in. It's a big crate, and it's heavy.
    Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboRider View Post
    ... It's a big crate, and it's heavy.
    They used a fork lift to load mine into the minivan. My son and I had to uncrate the lift in the car and drag it out piecemeal. But worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Semper_Fi View Post
    Wow - looks museum quality - very nice
    The bike is not half bad either!
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    FWIW, in the shop at the mine where I did some research, there is a sweet hydraulic lift purchased from government surplus for something like $100.

    Might be a more robust option to HF if you know where to look.

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