A few years ago I talked about different types of motorcycle lifts that I could use. Now that I am a few years older, a few years more sore, still without all the money I want, and not wanting to bend over too much to work on my motorcycle I have thought more about lifts.
I found a great 1,000 Lb. capacity motorcycle lift from Harbor Freight for a great price of $599.99. It has some really cool features:
- Foot-operated pump and ram assembly leaves your hands free. Easily lifts motorcycles and ATVs up to 1000 lbs. for servicing.
- Heavy-duty hydraulic pump with hands-free foot pedal operation
- Diamond plate steel platform and ramp
- Retractable casters and integrated leg-lock for safe operation
- Three position tire vise opens to 6-1/8″
- 7″ wide tire stop
- Removable steel ramp with dual mount pins for security
If you do not have that kind of cash you could go for the poor man’s motorcycle lift. You will need:
- (1) 3 ft. long 4″ x 8″ Douglas fir
- (1) 4′ x 3/4″ galv. threaded pipe
- (1) 3/4″ galvanized pipe flange
- (4) 3″ x 5/16″ lag bolts
The directions on how to assemble the lift can be found here. Here is a YouTube video on the completed project lifting a Yamaha Raider.
Have you ever used a home-made motorcycle lift? If you have let me know how it went. You can submit your bobber motorcycle here.