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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2017, 06:55:30 AM »

I would highly recommend a lift.  After tearing my bike down for a full refresh on one for the first time I will never want to work on the floor again.   :tiphat: Took it all the way to the frame for a full refresh Joe Dirt style. So much easier working on a bike standing up.
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2017, 06:57:24 AM »

I wish I had the confidence to do a refresh. But changing brake pads sitting in a chair and not bending over is pretty cool too

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2017, 01:05:35 PM »

So has anyone pulled the trigger?

Why I'm hemming and hawing over what to do, I'm not sure...because I normally can't WAIT to spend money...lol

I've also been looking at a couple of Chinese knock-off's of the Handy lifts. They're typically less than half the price and they look identical. I've seen one I've come close to buying for $569 plus shipping. I know it's a lot more than the HF lift - but it's a LOT less than ~$1200 for a Handy lift, too.

For those of you who don't have the HF lift - what do you have?
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2017, 01:41:57 PM »

So has anyone pulled the trigger?

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Yup.  Got the Harbor Freight lift a few weeks ago.  I've been so busy traveling for work I haven't had time to try it out.  Probably won't get a chance to before traveling for the holidays later this week.  It's just sitting in the garage next to a pile of wood that used to be its shipping box. LOL




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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2017, 03:21:49 PM »

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2017, 03:27:09 PM »

Have owned Atlas and worked over many brands.
Anything that gets the bike up. With the Atlas I didn’t use the wheel vice. On the Handy I use it all the time and can still roll bike back and put a front stand. I think if you intend to do a lot of work the Handy is worth the money. If you are going to just do general maintenance on personal rides anything is good. Heck build a work table and ramp bike up onto it.


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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2017, 04:47:54 PM »

Yup.  Got the Harbor Freight lift a few weeks ago.  I've been so busy traveling for work I haven't had time to try it out.  Probably won't get a chance to before traveling for the holidays later this week.  It's just sitting in the garage next to a pile of wood that used to be its shipping box. LOL

Tracey - for what it's worth DON'T burn the wood the crate came in. I did and Pam was ready to kill me!

Since it's from China who knows what they spray on/in/around the wood. It was terrible and I probably got as much cancer from that one fire as I during my whole trip to Asia a few years ago.

Seriously - just throw it out.
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2017, 04:52:37 PM »

Tracey - for what it's worth DON'T burn the wood the crate came in. I did and Pam was ready to kill me!

Since it's from China who knows what they spray on/in/around the wood. It was terrible and I probably got as much cancer from that one fire as I during my whole trip to Asia a few years ago.

Seriously - just throw it out.


Haha!  Good Pro tip thanks!  Actually burning it never crossed my mind.  I was thinking a trip to the dump would suffice.
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2017, 05:19:07 AM »

I haven't ever run into a situation where I thought the wheel vice would be particularly handy so I've never mounted mine. I just use stands on the lift. After having this one for close to ten years now I couldn't imagine not having a lift to work off of. It's kind of like a carpenter using a nail gun. Once you get used to it for certain things you don't want to do it any other way.
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2017, 05:27:39 AM »

I haven't ever run into a situation where I thought the wheel vice would be particularly handy so I've never mounted mine. I just use stands on the lift. After having this one for close to ten years now I couldn't imagine not having a lift to work off of. It's kind of like a carpenter using a nail gun. Once you get used to it for certain things you don't want to do it any other way.

Which lift do you have, John? I have a little pancake air compressor I could use to lift a table if I don't go with the HF lift...

I'm getting ready to add the shark guard on my (new) R6 and was just thinking how much easier it'd be to drill the underside of my swingarm if the bike was up in the air  :D
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #41 on: December 21, 2017, 06:41:40 AM »

He has the Atlas.


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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #42 on: December 21, 2017, 03:55:17 PM »

Yes, it's an Atlas. This one http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/Atlas-Cycle-Lift

If hooking up air every time you want to use it isn't a big deal then I would definitely go that route. I've got air plumbed in so it's easy for me. It would be a bit of a hassle if I had to get a compressor out and hook it up every time I wanted to use it, but I'd still do it though. It seems like pumping a lift up with my foot would get old quick.
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2017, 06:49:16 AM »

I have been using  a small air compressor to lift my atlas and it works fine.  I haven't had the time to hook up my larger compressor in my garage yet.  It is nice being able to push a button to raise the table up rather then having to pump it.    Like what Ruhe said you could always just build a table with a ramp to keep the budget down.  Anything to get the bike up of the ground is well worth it.
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2017, 11:32:46 AM »

My bike is still up on its trailer, which is open/flat, not a box. I just did a coolant swap. It was indeed kinda nice not having to sit/kneel on the floor. I’ll probably leave it up there for the oil and brake fluid changes, too.
I expect this is how I will do things henceforth.
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