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Offline RogerSB

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Re: Hydraulic motorcycle lift
« Reply #60 on: 05.11. 2017 19:02 »

 With any of those lift-decks, what  could be wrong with 4 verical bits of inch x inch rhs under each corner (with pins down though) to hold it up ?  *conf2*
 
 Rager- is there anything stopping you from parking your bike on top of the platform segments laid flat on the floor ?? might save floor space and give some elevation for 'quick' stuff ?


Good point duTch, yes no reason why all the sections couldn't be stored flat on my shed floor with my GF on top. The black patch stuck on one of the sides is where my car's door touches it when opened to get in and out - it's that tight in my garage.

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Re: Hydraulic motorcycle lift
« Reply #61 on: 03.08. 2021 04:16 »
As a slight diversion from this main topic, I had to find a solution this week for getting the bike onto the lift for Short ar--s like me. My chinese lift deck at bottom position is 23cm above floor level. At my height of 160cm and with a dodgy left shoulder with no strength at the moment, I found that I had lost all confidence that I could run the bike on and then get onto the few inches of narrow table beside it to get it on the centre stand. With crash bars back & front, this bike is heavy. My mate Kev helped me last time.
So I built this wooden platform from old pallets from the local electrical wholesaler, secured to the lift with metal "hooks". It worked a treat. Once the bike is on the centrestand, I can remove the platform to get access to the jack handle. The Mrs helps me with a gentle push. It made the lift feel miles wide. I will store it against the garage back wall (once I have cleared a space). She didn't even panic this time.! *roll*
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Re: Hydraulic motorcycle lift
« Reply #62 on: 03.08. 2021 10:33 »
Roger - just seen the 2017 article regarding storage of a bike lift under your car, but that your BMW was 30mm too low to allow that. Then I read you were buying plywood etc. To make a bike lift. Why not put the wood on the ground to elevate the car above the bike lift? Only need 40mm.
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Re: Hydraulic motorcycle lift
« Reply #63 on: 03.08. 2021 20:00 »
Ha! A lot of water under the bridge since then. Car has been banished outside since attaching the Watsonian to my A10 and from last Oct I have a Velocette LE in there as well.

Ply platform is magic, very stable, couple of minutes to put together and take apart, stores flat against the wall. Used it loads of times and safe enough to get up on it alongside the bike, kick it over and start it.  Last used it Oct 19 to overhaul forks, etc prior to attaching sidecar.

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Re: Hydraulic motorcycle lift
« Reply #64 on: 22.08. 2021 05:20 »
   Not having the space for a  hydraulic lift I've just spent the last two days of lockdown making a collapsible plywood table similar to Rog's.
   I used two sheets of 19mm ply and two 2.4m lengths of 40 x 70. I tried to find some plans on the internet but all of the pages pointed to had expired, so I used the logic that I'd need maximum support where the centre stand sits and under the wheels for when the bike's not on the centre stand. I already had an aluminium ramp and used a 12 volt boat winch to pull the bike up.
   The photos below show the result - don't worry, I didn't leave the bike on the sidestand, it went on the centre stand with ratchet straps to hold it firm. The second photo shows the table taken apart sitting between the tool box and shelves.
   It's very stable and although I don't know the SWL it was rock steady with both the Gold Flash and me standing on it. It takes about 5 mins to put together and take apart and each part is easily lifted by one person.
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Re: Hydraulic motorcycle lift
« Reply #65 on: 22.08. 2021 07:49 »
Excellent!
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