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Motorcycle lift
« on: 21.01. 2011 12:43 »
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I am looking to buy a motorcycle lift - the full length one with the removable panel at the rear so you can get the rear wheel out. I do not have a compressor yet so a pneumatic one is out, although if there are considerable advantages I will buy a compressor too.
Any suggestions to the best make or makes to avoid. I have seen a Seeley and a Clarke advertised.
I need to get one soon before my back gives out and I end up with a case of "Farmer Giles" from sitting on a cold concrete floor  *eek*

Jim
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #1 on: 21.01. 2011 15:46 »
I just use old steel milk crate :)
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #2 on: 21.01. 2011 17:04 »
Been there and done that when I had a dirt bike with no centre stand (and was a lot younger) but I wouldn't fancy lifting about 4 hundredweight of A10 on and off a crate now  *smile*

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1938 Wolseley 14/60
1955 Ferguson TEF20 tractor
1965 Ferguson 135 tractor
1952 Matchless G80 rigid
1960 BMW R60
1954 Matchless G80S
1955 Ariel 500 VH
1951 Sunbeam S7DL
1960 Matchless G12 with Watsonian Monza
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #3 on: 21.01. 2011 17:44 »
I think that any of the main makes are ok, after all its only a scissor with a hydraulic jack underneath. One thing that I would do  is to ensure that it has a manual lock, dont just rely on it sitting on the hydraulic jack.
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #4 on: 21.01. 2011 18:05 »
I have a clarke bench which seems ok, Its the best bit of kit I have had in a long time.
Bike work is just easy now  *smiley4* 400kg lift and I have used it for my XJR 1300 my Brothers Vmax
And the A10 restoration is on it now
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Space for one more maybe a B31
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #5 on: 21.01. 2011 19:14 »
Oh I agree, a bike lift is an absolute must! Work on the bikes becomes 'much' more enjoyable if it is easy to get at. I have a stool to sit on, radio, heater etc, it is actually hard to tear myself away from working on the bike sometimes when everything is just so. Make it a priority to get one asap.

I've no idea what make mine is but is inexpensive and came from the old Triumph Factory between Coventry and Birmingham.
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #6 on: 21.01. 2011 21:23 »
Hi All,
Yes, a bike bench is absolutely essential *ex*
I made my first one from scratch and it uses a smallish trolley jack to raise the bench
Recently I adapted an old hospital bed with hydraulic lifting mech to make a second one ????
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #7 on: 21.01. 2011 22:16 »
I started a post about these things some time back now, brilliant inventions.

http://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php/topic,570.0.html

The ones I have are made in China or Taiwan or somewhere like that. Since I bought mine they have improved with full length versions and probably other improvements. I have two so I can use one to restore a bike on and the other for servicing or any quick jobs.

Over the years I have bought lots of equipment but these are the best single piece of kit I have ever bought, I consider them a neccesity, must have.

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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #8 on: 22.01. 2011 14:06 »
Your sounding like a pom Brian lol should it be best bit of kit not piece?
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #9 on: 22.01. 2011 16:40 »
Hi Jim
I have the Sealey MC 365 (365kg) lift which is about the cheapest new lift available, you will need a centre stand or means block up the frame as the removable ramp is non load bearing (not to be used with a paddock stand).

With the Super Rocket strapped down well I find it easy to move into the corner when not working on it.

If I had the room I would think about a KD Bench type,  longer base,robust construction and a trolley jack as the hydraulic lift, any promlems buy a new jack.

Can any one remember the Viking GB bike lift, very light weight in constuction and  uses a trolley jack as the lift, can be stored vertical when not in use, some times appear on Ebay but make good money.

What every you buy its better than working on your knees.
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #10 on: 25.01. 2011 19:09 »
hi they have them on ebay,
Sealey MC390 Hydraulic Motorcycle Motorbike Lift Ramp
     Â£419.95 +£19.95
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #11 on: 26.01. 2011 11:17 »
Thanks everybody for the good advice.

There seems to be three main manufacturers for bike lifts, Clarke, Sealey and Draper. I was watching a used Clarke CML3 on ebay and it went for £340 yesterday and had to be collected - they are £379 + £35 delivery new on ebay with a warranty so I have opted for a new one. In comparison with the other manufacturers the Clarke is slightly cheaper and is rated at 450kg whereas the Sealey is 390Kg. There are other Sealeys but the equivalent Clarke rating is quite a bit more expensive.
Bike lifts seem to hold their money well as there is a demand for good used ones - If I were to use it for a few years and sell it I will only lose less than £100 - money well spent for the comfort it gives and makes working on the bike even more pleasurable.
Another good use will be being able to use it to work on the mower at a covenient height and even getting a corner of the car on it to work on at the lower heght.
Just waiting for it to arrive now so I can get the bike on it and sort out the current problems.

Jim
1959 A10 SR
1938 Wolseley 14/60
1955 Ferguson TEF20 tractor
1965 Ferguson 135 tractor
1952 Matchless G80 rigid
1960 BMW R60
1954 Matchless G80S
1955 Ariel 500 VH
1951 Sunbeam S7DL
1960 Matchless G12 with Watsonian Monza
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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #12 on: 05.02. 2011 18:42 »
My Clarke lift arrived yesterday and I unpacked it and assembled it today. I am very impressed with it and it seems really well built with a very sturdy front wheel clamp - should last for years.
It is, however, damn heavy. It came really well packed in a plywood box strapped to a pallet.
The bike is now on it at a comfortable working height - no more backache and cold bum on the concrete floor  *smile*

Jim
1959 A10 SR
1938 Wolseley 14/60
1955 Ferguson TEF20 tractor
1965 Ferguson 135 tractor
1952 Matchless G80 rigid
1960 BMW R60
1954 Matchless G80S
1955 Ariel 500 VH
1951 Sunbeam S7DL
1960 Matchless G12 with Watsonian Monza
......and loads of lawnmowers

Too old to Rock and Roll but too young to die  (Jethro Tull 1976)

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Re: Motorcycle lift
« Reply #13 on: 08.02. 2011 20:43 »
My Clarke lift arrived yesterday and I unpacked it and assembled it today. I am very impressed with it and it seems really well built with a very sturdy front wheel clamp - should last for years.
It is, however, damn heavy. It came really well packed in a plywood box strapped to a pallet.
The bike is now on it at a comfortable working height - no more backache and cold bum on the concrete floor  *smile*

Jim

 I got exactly the same for Christmas - best present I ever had. I have four bikes with no centre stand and the Clarke lift with the front wheel clamp is just the job. I can't believe how much easier it has made working on my bikes. You'll love using yours.  *smile*
Why-o-why didn't I get one years ago!  *conf*

Only one thing left to sort out - what the heck to do with the huge plywood box and pallet that came with it!
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