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Motorcycle Lift 2 years 11 months ago #354

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Thinking about buying a "Pittsburgh" motorcycle lift at harbor freight tools. I know they don't sell great stuff but am I making a mistake or will this be okay?

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Motorcycle Lift 2 years 11 months ago #355

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I've been using mine for a few years now and love it. In fact, every video that Kirk or myself has done (up until last week) that has had a lift in it has been my HF lift. The one thing you will HAVE to do though is buy an aftermarket wheel vise. As you can see in the picture below, the one I am using is a serious improvement to the one that comes with it (on the floor). It's a shame you're asking about this now as Kirk just sold his extra wheel vise (same model) this weekend at Pec. With the aftermarket vise, you can roll the bike up, balance it with one hand and crank down the vise... then let go and it is held. I also through a strap over each foot peg and onto the the table eyelets just to be sure, but it is very stable. My bike is on mine now so if you are in the area you are welcome to come check it out.

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Motorcycle Lift 2 years 11 months ago #356

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Everything Doug said. The HF is a good option if you are looking to save some money and dont mind the foot pump. Ditto on stopping by to check out mine as well. Here is a link to my new lift video.
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Motorcycle Lift 7 months 5 days ago #500

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Several years ago I got a Handy Lift for my birthday. Previously I was using a tilting wooden table/stand. Way too dangerous!!!
I don't have a large Air Compressor so I bought an electric lift. The cable control for this lift is kind of dodgy but it works. I also got a good wheel vise. Just like Doug said roll the bike up , hold onto the bike and close up the vise and the bike is stable. Strap it down for good measure.
A lift makes working on a bike so much nicer than standing on your head to get to something.

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Motorcycle Lift 2 months 2 days ago #511

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Still liking the Bison lift? Saw the HMC brand at the IMS, liked them, but concerned about the overall cost. Bison seems to be a nice price.

www.hmcindustries.com/motorcycle-lifts.html

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Motorcycle Lift 2 months 1 day ago #512

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I have had no issues with the Bison lift and use it every day. I did have to extend the ramp to make it more LT friendly though.
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