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    Storing a motorcycle lift

    I have a small shop but I want to buy a lift. I was going to get the typical Harbor Freight lift, but I would need to store it on end against a wall. Would that be reasonable with the HF lift?
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    I have one of those and it is heavy, maybe 300#. There is just enough room in front of my wife's car to store it flat.
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    I have a Handy Lift, and I'd put the weight at ~350+ lbs -- hard to move around on the ground, even with the two-wheel dolly. No way you are going to want to be periodically tyring to pick it up or turn it up on its side.

    I also have a cramped garage and needed a lift storage solution. I do not have sheetrock on the ceiling of the garage, so the roof trusses are open. My solution was to pick up a HF electric winch during one of their sales, and hang it ~ 4 feet up in the trusses (where some truss cross-braces meet) from an 8-foot length of 2" pipe which spans four trusses to spread the load. When the lift is not in use, it is winched up to the bottom of the roof trusses. If your garage has a finished ceiling, you could do the same thing with a hole in the sheetrock (trimmed out nicely, of course ).
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    This thread should be some help to you http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...ighlight=lifts Especially the last half of the thread. Gary
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    I was starting to get excited about the overhead storage idea until I realized that most of the ceiling is taken up by the garage door.

    I've thought about cutting a hole in the floor for the lift but that would limit the location.

    I may just have to go with a Kendon lift and deal with the extra cost and the limitations of not having a lift that works with the center stand.
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    Some folks don't store their lift, they just park a bike on it when it's not otherwise in use. Don't know if that will work for you. If I had a little more room in my garage that's what I'd do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyname View Post
    I was starting to get excited about the overhead storage idea until I realized that most of the ceiling is taken up by the garage door.
    In my case, it's an HO trainset. It's on a 4x8 sheet of plywood that is above my car.
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