When I need to slide the whole thing forward to optimize the placement of the wheel in the vice I simply hook a tie down strap to each center stand leg and standing at the front of the lift pull the bike forward an inch or two.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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I was ask to post some pics of the sunken bike lift. Here are a few of before during and after.
Very nice installation 4NBike
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2009 F800GS 1994 TW200
Thank you for sharing these photos. I am so tempted to do the same when I get my lift.
Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
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Very nice job on the sunken lift
The one draw back beside cost and difficulty to construct is the lift will now lose approximately 6 inches of maximum lift due to it's lower starting position. In my experience I use all the lift my Handy Lift provides and sometimes wish for more.
I do like the easier loading and unloading on the lift with the sunken design.
2014 R1200 GSA W - Continent traveler
2016 S1000XR - Smile Maker
1976 R90/6 - Just Plain Fun
If you are inclined to tackle the job your self the cost is not all that bad, rental for a concrete cutter, lumber to build the form and of course the concrete . An estimate to have mine done by a contractor was 3 days and $800.00.The one draw back beside cost and difficulty to construct is the lift will now lose approximately 6 inches of maximum lift due to its lower starting position. In my experience I use all the lift my Handy Lift provides and sometimes wish for more.
Handy makes a number of lifts that when fully raised reach 35 inches one I think goes to 40". I think the HF lifts limits are 29 inches.
It is a messy labor intensive job, clean up takes as much time as the work itself, at the end of the day it all depends on how bad you want one in this configuration. I have never regretted the decision.
Ah, but then we do not know the "altitude" of the OP... do we? Nice project 4N.The one draw back beside cost and difficulty to construct is the lift will now lose approximately 6 inches of maximum lift due to it's lower starting position.
"It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden
1973 R75/5 - original owner
All things said and done, the Handy lift is really one fine lift. However, for the weekend mechanic and one that enjoys working on the bike, the Harbor Freight models work very well and are much cheaper than the Handy lift. They do the same job. I made wings out of 2x6 framing and put 3/8 plywood over that. I use this set up on each side of the HF stand and it works great. I also use good quality tiedowns and the bike is well supported. Final word from me is that the HF lift does a very good job with no regrets from me. My knees really appreciate the lift.
That bike lift from Italy is fantastic, as well as its' price!
HF is prolly my speed too.
another company not mentioned for a bike jack is J&S jacks
Also a question: Is a table lift the only safe/least damage way to lift an RT? I ask since the RT doesn't have a solid frame and best lift point seem to be where the cat is.
2000 R1100RT opal blue "Millenium Falcon"
2006 Suzuki C50 Boulevard blue/silver w/ DJ drive mod.
How can we get a Harbor Freight lift for under $300 these days?
95 R100Rt, 07 650 GS
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Don't know what "Handy Lifts" are going for these days, but they are really quality equipment. 10 or so years ago, I used to travel from KC to Marshaltown Iowa and pick up 13-14 lifts for Letko Cycles. Toured the plant, met the workers and was impressed with the quality. Still have one --and at my age it is so much easier to work on my bikes at eye level than to have to "get on the ground".
They weigh about 350#--I know because we had to unload them.
2012 Triumph Tiger 800, Venom Yellow
1999 BMW R-1100 RT, Dark Green
2008 Suzuki DR650, Black