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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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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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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?
Thanks,
Chipper
 

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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?
Thanks,
Chipper
I've used the lift shown below to lift the V2 on the Happy Trail skid plate with no issue.

 

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Just thought I'd clarify that we're talking about 2 different HF lifts here. My original post mentioned the one that's pretty much identical to IDRIDER's photo -- you roll it under the the bike and jack it up. The jrnyer's photo is the higher-capacity lift you can roll/ride the bike onto.

Like IDRIDER I came up with a 'cradle' for my Concours -- mine was a 2x10 with a hole drilled in it for the oil drain plug.
 

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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.
Good thinking on the outriggers as you call them. I have been thinking about the HF lift but am limited on space so I would pull up on it to park all the time. I don't do a huge amount of work on the bikes but what I have done sure would be nicer to be off the ground! Lately HF has been selling it for $299.
 

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As said make your out rigger boxes and the HF lift will work just fine. Have had mine for about 10 years now. Have had a multitude of machines up on it. From little XT225s to my FJR1300 and ST1300

My Wee lives on the lift as it is it's permanent parking space in the garage.

I would like to add ALWAYS USE THE SAFETY BAR to support the weight when lifted. NEVER let the weight set on the lift's jack for any length of time.
 

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So tell me Chuck, do you have a bike wash outside the shop so that you don't have any dirty bikes parked in there?

I get so envious every time I see those pictures of the inside of your garage.

Hope to see you sometime this summer. RockSTOC?
 

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So tell me Chuck, do you have a bike wash outside the shop so that you don't have any dirty bikes parked in there?

I get so envious every time I see those pictures of the inside of your garage.

Hope to see you sometime this summer. RockSTOC?
Just good lighting for the pictures 0:) yes it would be great to see and ride with you. Will try and get up to RockSToc this year. What are you riding now days?
 

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Just good lighting for the pictures 0:) yes it would be great to see and ride with you. Will try and get up to RockSToc this year. What are you riding now days?
Still have a Suzuki DL650. Just upgraded this past summer to an 09 with ABS. Really loving those V-stroms. :wink2:
 

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Still have a Suzuki DL650. Just upgraded this past summer to an 09 with ABS. Really loving those V-stroms. :wink2:
I really liked my ABS 09, but it had almost 50k miles on it so I up graded to a RED 2014. Matches my 2014 FJR>:)
 

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I would like to add ALWAYS USE THE SAFETY BAR to support the weight when lifted. NEVER let the weight set on the lift's jack for any length of time.
This is a good point. You don't want to come out to the garage to find your bike lying on its side.

Another thing I noticed with the smaller lift I have -- the release is supposed to allow you to gently lower the bike to the ground. But no matter how gently I use it, the bike just drops. Good suspension test, I guess. I'm glad that, the first time I lowered the bike, I was straddling it and I had each of my (at that time) teenaged sons on either side of me. You don't want to be holding onto the bike alone when that happens -- especially since it was my 600-lb Concours.
 

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I have to admit that the outriggers I made was with the help from Chuck. He sent me his dimensions and I altered them to fit my needs.
So, Chuck gets a ----->
 

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As for finding space for the lift (the big red one you wheel the bike onto), I found that I can put it in front of and perpendicular to my wife's car in the garage. I have to pull out the eye bolt on the side she pulls up to, but once that is out there is enough clearance for that location to work.
 
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