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post #1 of 24 Old 12-13-2016, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freight Lift and the Strom

I have a 1500-lb. capacity motorcycle lift I picked up at HF a couple of years back so I could pull both wheels off my Kawasaki Concours. However, I quickly learned that this particular lift did not work well with the Connie. First, I had to remove the bottom cowling to use it and, even when I did, the two contact rails on the lift were just a little too far apart for solid contact on the bottom of the engine. I made it work with a little creative woodworking, but I was always a bit nervous when I jacked 600 lbs. up and had to do any vigorous work on the bike.

Now a Wee-Strom is in my future and I'm wondering if this lift will be useful with that model. Or, am I likely to run into similar challenges.

Any other HF lift owners out there?

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post #2 of 24 Old 12-13-2016, 09:41 PM
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I have a lift like that as well, which I had before I got the Wee. I don't need it to change oil because of the center stand. I did use it to hold the front end up while I changed a tire so it was handy for that. You will use it occasionally so don't get rid of it. Just make sure you get a center stand.

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Yup, I (and a few others) have the HF lift. I used it when I had a ST1300 and it was a bit shakey. But it's no problem with my 2013 650 Vstrom. I only wish I had purchased it years ago instead of crawling around on my knees. I built outriggers for it and now it's cats meow

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By outriggers, do you mean the eye bolts on each side? Or something else?
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I had that same lift; in fact, I just sold it today on Craigslist. It was never very useful for either my DL650 or with my current Super Tenere, mainly because there's nothing underneath either bike that provide a very stable place for the lift to make contact. I had debris guards on both bikes (the kind that use the engine as an anchor point). A couple times in a pinch I jacked the bikes up with the jack under the debris guard, but I was never real comfortable having the weight of the bike bearing down on the engine attachment points. It worked fine on my Harley, which had a wraparound frame, but for bikes like the V-Strom, a centerstand is probably more useful.

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I have that motorcycle lift.
I've made different cradles to lift the different bikes through the ages.
Fashioned lift points that hold the bike from a minimun of three solid points.
I use 1" x 1" steel tube and weld up a custom cradle.
Strap the bike with ratchet straps and the bike is solid when lifted.
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Johno....outriggers are the grey boxes on both sides of the lift. Can't think of a different word to call them. Makes dismounting a whole lot safer and easier for me. I ride my bike onto the lift, stand on the outriggers and then place the bike on its center stand.
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Johno....outriggers are the grey boxes on both sides of the lift.
I was totally over-designing that. So basically you put a step on either side, so you can safely get off the dang thing. That's awesome! I've been looking at that same HF lift, to get the Wee up to eye (ok, waist) height. I'm hoping to pick up a project CX500 this spring and start a "50th Birthday Special" project, as well, so the lift will be quite helpful there.

Now, if only I had a place to PUT the lift. That would be even more awesome.
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I have that motorcycle lift.
I've made different cradles to lift the different bikes through the ages.
Fashioned lift points that hold the bike from a minimun of three solid points.
I use 1" x 1" steel tube and weld up a custom cradle.
Strap the bike with ratchet straps and the bike is solid when lifted.
Ocoas, could you post a picture of the cradle you fabricated for your DL650?
I must get it off the floor.
If the skid plate is bolted to the frame and not the engine, is that strong enough to support the bike?
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Ocoas, could you post a picture of the cradle you fabricated for your DL650?
I must get it off the floor.
If the skid plate is bolted to the frame and not the engine, is that strong enough to support the bike?
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I've used the lift shown below to lift the V2 on the Happy Trail skid plate with no issue.

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