Harbor Freight Motorcycle Lift

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Working on a motorcycle can be a lot easier if you have a way of hoisting it off the ground up_pos.jpg (264091 bytes)and raising it to a more convenient level.   After fighting with cage oriented lifts and blocks of wood, I decided to break down and get a "real" motorcycle lift.  While many vendors sell them, I decided on the lift from Harbor Freight (part # 41644-0VGA).  This lift is currently priced at $139.99 and when I bought, they were having a promotion of no shipping charges.  Since the delivered box weight about 100 pounds, this was a nice benefit.

The lift is delivered partially disassembled, but goes together easily.  The lift platform (or saddle, as they call it) is covered in heavy, non-skid rubber.  In a fully down position, the the top of the saddle is only about 5" off the floor and so it should fit under most bikes.  In a fully raised position, it goes up to about 17.5".  The picture below shows a top view with dimensions of the saddle.topview_tn.jpg (23540 bytes)  A second bike holder attachment comes with the lift that is inserted on the saddle and provides a variety of other lifting options.  This holder and it's dimensions are shown in the next picture.holder_tn.jpg (15081 bytes)

The lift appears to be well built and does a good job lifting the bike and holding it securely.  A stop bar locks the lift and prevents it from lowering.  The one complaint I have is that the casters are made out of plastic and seem a little "cheap".  Also, the rear casters pivot, but the front don't.  Having all four caster pivot would allow the bike to be moved around a bit easier (not that you want to be moving the bike too far while on a lift).

OnLift_tn.jpg (28110 bytes)For those interested, an exploded image of the lift parts is available in TIFF and PDF format here Parts.tif and Parts.pdf.