Lifting a Road King

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Grey Sailor, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Grey Sailor

    Grey Sailor New Member

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    Howdy!

    When reading some of the stories regarding bikes being unstable on motorcycle jacks, and my own feeling that the jack will always be in my way when working on the bike...I got to thinkin' (wife says that always precedes an embarrassing event!). I have an overhead electric hoist rated at 4 tons in my shop. Does anyone lift their bike using 4 nylon slings to the handlebars and rear crash bars? Seems like it would be safer than balancing on a floor jack.
     
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    IMO the handle bars would pull upright in their mounts and the crashbars would bend upward they really aren't that strong. If you insist on lifting it with a hoist buy a sling steadymate makes one,but I don't think its worthwhile
     
  3. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    I dont think they would hold the weight either better stick with a jack then you can get a dolly and remove the jack i got one yesterday what a difference

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  4. amckay63

    amckay63 Member

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    Which dolly did you get?
     
  5. Grey Sailor

    Grey Sailor New Member

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    Thanks for the idea Bud! I'm heading to the welding machine tonight!
     
  6. Lancer

    Lancer Junior Member

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    I have the same jack as Smitty, I have no stability issues. I can move it around the garage while on the jack. I use it to wash the bike too, I can spin it around so it is facing the way I need it, tires rotate for easing cleaning. As in the picture of Smitty's the handle comes off, the jack is not in the way.
     
  7. buddybr

    buddybr Active Member

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    I admit, my lift jack is pretty stable even without strapping it down but while I have sat on the bike while it was up, I have never lifted my bike that high. :D
     
  8. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    the jack is stable i will say that but with the dolly i can see oil changes will be a lot eaiser and it moves a lot easier bigger wheels ..
     
  9. larryjmiller

    larryjmiller Junior Member

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    I do like your idea.

    It's never a good idea to place any part of you under a suspended load unless you have it properly "blocked". The dolly would be a good example of a block. A mechanical device strong enough to hold the weight.

    You could make two spreader bars that would fit under your bike, lift it to the dolly height, slip the dolly under the bike and then lower the hoist until the bike rests safely on the dolly.

    I'm no mechanical engineer so I couldn't recommend a thickness but you could find some stout square channel, place some rated eye hooks or stops on the spreader bars for your slings so they won't fall off.
     
  10. 9FLHR

    9FLHR Active Member

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    Bought this jack. Greatest thing since shirt pockets! Very stable. Their video on the website is true. I've done it. Easy to roll around with bike (09 Road King), will stand up taking very little floor space. Great for sevice, washing, etc. VERY glad I got it!

    JS Jacks - Motorcycle Lift, Wheel Chock, Oil Pan Adapter - Wisconsin :D