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    ABBA Skylift Experience??

    Anyone using the ABBA Skylifts to left their bike off the ground. I had been looking at paddock stands, bottom lifts, etc. I ran across this brand which latches in either side at the swing arm pivot locations. They claim to work with many models, including my 2022 F850 GSA. Wondering if others use this for maintenance and if so what you think of reliability, safety, etc. Thanks, Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    There's a couple of older threads in the Similar Threads pane at the bottom of the screen.
    Thanks, I did see that and one guy really liked it. Not much response and dated to 2017. He was asking same thing I am and as typical one responder got off specifc topic and started mentioning other brand. I was hoping for up to date information in 2023 (ABBA might have redesigned aspects) and hoping someone with a F850 GSA had used.

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    Thanks. I did see that article from 2017. Given in is now 2023 and manufacturers do make improvements in products I was hoping there may be some with up to date information on ABBA specifically. And would be a real treat if they had used in on an F series (650, 750, 800, 850, etc) bike. Iíll keep my fingers crossed that some will respond with up to date info.

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    I dont have any experience with the skylift model but have the ABBA Superbike stand which I use to lift my 2020 F900R. I purchased it new from their US distributor last year. The overall purchase was easy using their online compatability guides and shipping was prompt. The stand is very easy to use and made of quality material. Very good company from experience.

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    Very happy with mine. It works on my Husky 701, 1200GSA and 750GS. I need to call them about checking on compatability with my R18 but Iím super happy with mine. Iíve used it in the last week for the annual 750GS annual maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AHD43 View Post
    ABBA..... Take a chance on me.....Sorry I couldn't help myself
    Or "Money money money".... sorry

    OTOH, It does look like a very handy tool for both storage and maintenance work...
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    I like mine very much. I use it regularly with my R1200 RT LC, my R1200GSA LC and my wife's f750gs and CBF1000a.

    A friend of mine just got one for his Ducati Multi Strada 1260 and his wife's F800R.
    They've apparently improved the lift by making it faster to raise the bike. According to ABBA it's 40% faster.

    Installing the bike on the lift is best done with someone spotting you as you need to balance the bike while inserting the lift arm into the swing arm pivot.
    The bike can't be on its stand. It's easily doable alone but a little help isn't a bad idea.
    Once up, the lift is pretty stable and even on my garage's rough floor, I can move it around.

    The only minus is you can't use it with bikes that you don't have access to the swing arm pivot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamchandler View Post
    Very happy with mine. It works on my Husky 701, 1200GSA and 750GS. I need to call them about checking on compatability with my R18 but Iím super happy with mine. Iíve used it in the last week for the annual 750GS annual maintenance.
    Thanks. You said you use ith 750GS. Has me wondering what the connections to the pivot point of the swing arm is like. On my 850 GSA on the right side there is a circular opening, maybe 2cm in diameter for the ABBA connection. But on the left side that pivot point does not have a circular opening, but rather a Torx bolt. So does the connection on the left side use an attachment that is a Torx head? Of course, I will also contact ABBA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patm View Post
    I like mine very much. I use it regularly with my R1200 RT LC, my R1200GSA LC and my wife's f750gs and CBF1000a.

    A friend of mine just got one for his Ducati Multi Strada 1260 and his wife's F800R.
    They've apparently improved the lift by making it faster to raise the bike. According to ABBA it's 40% faster.

    Installing the bike on the lift is best done with someone spotting you as you need to balance the bike while inserting the lift arm into the swing arm pivot.
    The bike can't be on its stand. It's easily doable alone but a little help isn't a bad idea.
    Once up, the lift is pretty stable and even on my garage's rough floor, I can move it around.

    The only minus is you can't use it with bikes that you don't have access to the swing arm pivot.
    Thanks. You said you use it with 750GS. Has me wondering what the connections to the pivot point of the swing arm is like. On my 850 GSA on the right side there is a circular opening, maybe 2cm in diameter for the ABBA connection. But on the left side that pivot point does not have a circular opening, but rather a Torx bolt. So does the connection on the left side use an attachment that is a Torx head? I live alone, so I would need to learn to do it alone. Of course, I will also contact ABBA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smswy View Post
    Thanks. You said you use ith 750GS. Has me wondering what the connections to the pivot point of the swing arm is like. On my 850 GSA on the right side there is a circular opening, maybe 2cm in diameter for the ABBA connection. But on the left side that pivot point does not have a circular opening, but rather a Torx bolt. So does the connection on the left side use an attachment that is a Torx head? Of course, I will also contact ABBA.

    One side is a round hollow in the middle bolt that goes around the bolt. On the other is a small nipple like fitting that goes inside of that Torx. They have a few dozen different fitting combinations and so I have 3 different “fit kits” for my 3 bikes.

    the only bike they don’t support that I have is the R18.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smswy View Post
    Thanks. You said you use it with 750GS. Has me wondering what the connections to the pivot point of the swing arm is like. On my 850 GSA on the right side there is a circular opening, maybe 2cm in diameter for the ABBA connection. But on the left side that pivot point does not have a circular opening, but rather a Torx bolt. So does the connection on the left side use an attachment that is a Torx head? I live alone, so I would need to learn to do it alone. Of course, I will also contact ABBA.
    They use different style of fittings that insert into or around the swing arm pivot attachments.
    Here are some that I have:

    20230118_180153.jpg

    The small one goes into the torks bolt on the left hand side of the f750gs

    20230118_180256.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamchandler View Post
    One side is a round hollow in the middle bolt that goes around the bolt. On the other is a small nipple like fitting that goes inside of that Torx. They have a few dozen different fitting combinations and so I have 3 different ďfit kitsĒ for my 3 bikes.

    the only bike they donít support that I have is the R18.
    Thanks. Appreciate your insight.

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