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