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    Bike lifts?

    For those of you like me who do your own fluid changes, tire work, etc., what bike lifts are you using for your maintenance chores?

    I have debated the differences between a jack type lift, as opposed to a platform lift, and see the merits of both. I am interested in knowing the tipping points of why you chose one over the other.

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    Re: Bike lifts?

    Originally posted by RickM
    For those of you like me who do your own fluid changes, tire work, etc., what bike lifts are you using for your maintenance chores?

    I have debated the differences between a jack type lift, as opposed to a platform lift, and see the merits of both. I am interested in knowing the tipping points of why you chose one over the other.

    Thanks in advance,
    RM
    I just have a Craftsman roll around stool. It's the right height for most bike work and has a little tray underneath to hold my tools.

    I built a big ol' wooden stand but only used it a couple times to work on bikes.

    It's sitting in my front yard and I'd be happy to sell it for short money to anyone living here in the Bay Area.

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    Hmm. I hadn't thought about the roll around angle. I suppose I could jack the bike up on it and then roll it into the corner during the dead of winter. Space utilization, etc. ...

    Is the Craftsman a hydralic lift, or is the jacking action a mechanical, sissors arrangement?
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    One of these days, I'm going to buy a Handy lift. These are the jobs you see in the dealerships and they work GREAT.

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    Originally posted by RickM
    Hmm. I hadn't thought about the roll around angle. I suppose I could jack the bike up on it and then roll it into the corner during the dead of winter. Space utilization, etc. ...

    Is the Craftsman a hydralic lift, or is the jacking action a mechanical, sissors arrangement?
    It's just a little stool you sit on and roll around on.,

    Creeper Stool



    Cheap and it doesn't take much room.
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    I've had a Handy Lift for a very long time and can't imagine working on any of my bikes without one.
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    Originally posted by KBasa
    It's just a little stool you sit on and roll around on.,

    Creeper Stool



    Cheap and it doesn't take much room.

    I have an even cheaper, all plastic one from Wally-World($5-10). It is a necessity to work on bikes. I also use a Pit Bull rear stand. At one time I had a stiand like the ones used for dirt bikes, but it doesn't work very well for the F-650, due to tabs for the center stand and side stand (it was hady because you could get both wheels off the groud pretty easy). I have gotten the craftsman atv/motorcycle stand which uses a hydraulic bottle jack and slides right under to lift the bike. It also has a way to use a tie-down to keep the bike from slipping off. It was about $119.

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    Bike lifts

    If anyone out htere has a Handy lift table please give your opinion. Question . Does the lift have a locking device , support to hold it in the air or do you have to keep the air compressor hooked to it. The specs from the mgfr. is that the compressor should be rated at 6.7cfm @ 100psi. My compresson is rated at 7.1.cfm @ 90psi. Does anyone think my compressor will work with the lift?
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    Although I do not own one I have used several in the past, they do have a lock and yes I think your compressor will do the trick, it might just take longer to get it up in the air.
    I used a small 3/4 horse nail gun compressor it worked quite well.

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    Bike lift-->THE Best!

    I bought the Bigg Maxx lift about 6 months ago and just love it.

    You can see it at this link:

    http://www.biggmaxx.com/

    Take your time looking at the site...this lift will do everything you want to do on a bike while holding your bike securly.

    Good luck!

    Steve

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    The Best

    I bought a Bigg Maxx lift and love it...it does everything a platform lift does without take up a huge amount of room.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.biggmaxx.com/

    Good Luck!

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    Thumbs up Handy Lift

    I have the Handy Lift and I love it. I use a small comp for that and small finish carp jobs. It has a lock device that will keep the bike up when not pressurized. It is very stable and easy for me to load/unload. 1150gs and 1800 goldwing. Just remember, always use safety straps. Don't ask me how I know.

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    Bike Lift

    I use a basic Cogswell Mark IV anti-gravity platform. They can be had from Cogswell Cosmic Cogs, Box 1, Utopia Planitia, Mars. www.cogswellcosmiccogs.com

    Just remember, don't try to lift until the liquid helium hits 450 below zero, as the results would be disastrous.

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    Thumbs up

    I have used a lift table for almost 10 years now and on several types and brands of motorcycles. I also use it to store one motorcycle during the winter here in Michigan. I do not regret spending the money. It has "paid" for itself many times over.

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    Guys I've been using this lift which gives better access then any platform style and can be hung on the wall when not in use. Has BMW mounting adaptors.




    Here's a link for info. Bike Lifts

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