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post #11 of 55 Old 08-19-2015, 12:04 PM
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I'd love to see a video of this technique. It's all I can do to lift my bike and any idea to make it a bit more doable would be great. I don't quite see it in my head as you explain it....

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Try lifting a full touring bike... I'm 5'7", weigh 145# and pick up my 800# Honda ST1300 (twice). I back into it and grab the back rail and handlebar and walk it up. Nope, not easy... but it can be done. I carry a tow strap but have yet to try that technique, and hope to never have to :-)
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I've found with folks around, most are willing help too and will even offer to help.

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Cool idea. I'm going to experiment with straps.
I'm leaving soon on a long solo ride and maybe if I'm prepared this time I won't fall down. That's usually the way things work out.

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I've never found anyone unwilling to help.
There are no people around on the trails I ride and really I just want to be self sufficient.
I'll make a video when it's stopped raining outside (UK weather).

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I've never found anyone unwilling to help.
But there are places where you will wait a week for someone to come by. And around here it's likely to be a marijuana grower with territorial issues. Very inconvenient.
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I was at Flagg Ranch in Wyoming a few years back and dropped my KLR with hard luggage and camping gear.. The bike was completely loaded and I couldn't get it upright without taking off the top and side luggage to eliminate weight. Meanwhile three Harley riders sat on their bikes not 50 feet away and continued to eat their sandwiches in amusement.. Granted I probably could have asked them for help, but when I see someone drop their bike its a natural reaction for me to help them pick it up quickly. IMO it shows a persons character rather quick when they just sit and watch. However one can get in trouble doing that. A couple years ago while on a ride in Baja I went to help a lady friend pick up her bike and was yelled at to leave it down until she got a photo.. It was the first time she had laid it down and she had to have proof..
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My Glee fell asleep just after I got it (think it was getting bored with me practicing slow turning maneuvers while practicing for my license test) and I used the "backing up" method where you put it in gear grab the bars in the fully locked position and the pillion grab handle then squat and basically back up/ deadlift the thing until it's upright. I was pretty stuffed by the time I got it upright but I did it. I watched the technique on YouTube before I bought my bike so at least I had a good idea. I also think adrenaline played a big part for me. I'm pretty keen to see a video showing the lifting straps and the technique used.

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I was at Flagg Ranch in Wyoming a few years back and dropped my KLR with hard luggage and camping gear.. The bike was completely loaded and I couldn't get it upright without taking off the top and side luggage to eliminate weight.
A while ago in one of the several fora upon which I skulk (perhaps this one) a guy told an alarming tale of picking up his bike with great effort, and a few hours later suffering from a condition which he named with the clinical term "prolapsed rectum." Which meant his asshole turned inside out, a more graphic definition I got from my ER nurse daughter who has actually witnessed this disturbing sight and did not seem to think it was altogether uncommon. For my part I cannot make my imagination unsee this particular affliction, try as I might.

So for those of you who were thinking of grunting manfully and picking up the beast with muscles flexing and quivering a la Ahnold in a pose-down, maybe you ought to think twice. Ask for help. It might save your ass. (Har, har.)

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Excellent idea...if you took a single ratcheting tie down strap might be possible to even to get it over your shoulders for a balanced lift. while attached to the bike at either end. It is that first foot that is brutal.

In addition a decent length tie down can double for a tow or if there is a tree near by stabilize the bike for a lift.
They are not that heavy to toss in the top box. I've often thought about one that has a ratchet handle so I could crank it and get the bike lifted a bit.


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