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Harbor freight Motorcycle Lift
Part number 94121 Air/Hydraulic lift

I'm finding increasing difficult to work on my bikes while either bent over or kneeling. I'm not getting any younger and the back and knees aren't what they used to be. So instead of being sore after doing simple tasks like changing the oil, or pulling off the wheels to get new rubber, I decided to look into getting a lift. Harbor Freight, the bastion of cheap Chinese imported tools and machinery has always been a good place to pick up inexpensive  stuff that might be hard to find anywhere but specialty tool distributors. So I went to the Harbor Freight web site and found what I was look for. It's a air powered hydraulic lift. You can hook it up to your compressor and just push a button to actuate the lift, or use the foot pedal and pump it up. For the price, I figured that it would pay for itself in back and knee relief. Not to mention I don't have to lay on the cold concrete floor in the winter either. I do admit that in the summer on a hot day the cool concrete is kind of nice.
After doing the special order deal with my local HF dealer, I waited a week until the lift arrived. I went down and the fork lifted the 300 Lb. unit into the back of my '82 Datsun Pickemup. The crate was about 8' long, 3' wide and 8 inches tall. I don't recommend taking your car to try and pick this unit up. You'll need a Pickup truck or a full size cargo van to get this home. Once home you'll either need a couple (more like three) friends to help you unload it. Or if you are like me and have no friends (and your neighbors don't answer the door when you knock any more) then you will need something like an engine hoist (aka cherry picker) to unload it. It would still help to have another person to help balance it.
I wrapped a strap around the approximate middle of the crate and used my engine hoist to yank it out and onto the floor. From there I opened the crate and pulled it out into the floor for assembley.
It went together easily with only a few parts to actually bolt up. The casters, wheels, front clamp, tie downs and ramp where the only things that needed to be assembled. It took about half hour to get all parts bolted up and working. The front wheel clamp is adjustable. I have it in the far forward position, which has turned out to be too far forward. It's easy to move and can be moved once the bike loaded so you can see exactly where it needs to be.
As you can see it's got a nice large wheel clamp. This shows it fully assembled in the low position. Rolling the bike up on it requires the wheels to "chocked" somehow to keep the lift from rolling as you push the bike up on it. I was able to push the GTS up by myself, and rest it on the side stand. Of course depending on how big your bike is and how confident you are pushing it up on the ramp while determine if you can do this alone or if you need a buddy to help. I guess it could be ridden up, but that might be a little tricky.
As you can see I have the GTS up on the lift, strapped down with a 2" ratcheting strap on each side to hold it in place. I have it on the center stand and there is a screw jack under the front swing arm, lifting the front tire off the lift so I can remove it and service the front brake. The bike is stable and I can stand next to it and work without bending or kneeling. I could also sit on either my short or tall stool depending on what I'm doing. There is a lower position as well, which is about two or three inches lower in the raised position. You can see the safety bar in position in the bottom front of the lift. Notice there is another hole above it that would lock it in the lower of the two positions.
I even have room in my two car garage for both the lift and the CBR. I can still walk around the lift  and park my car in the garage as well. After I do my garage remodel I'll have even more room.

As I use the lift more, I'll update this page with anything I find that might be helpful knowledge for anyone else that might be interested in this lift.

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