OK, I'd like to play this one too!
Here's how we do the Doo Hickey in Texas.
Our Tech Day last Saturday in my shop.
Harbor Freight 880 lb 120v winches mounted to an "I" beam. I use this to swap car bodys mostly, but we improvised for Tech day. The Harbor Freight Winches like these can be found on sale for less than $100 sometimes.
I have 5 of them.
This puts the engine case right at chest level and make draining the oil unnecessary.
I lift my bike up like this all the time to work on it. Back Problem!
I also used this Sunday on my KLR to lift my gas tank off the KLR while I fitted my Stebel horns under the tank. The IMS tank was almost full. And I knew there would be a lot of on and off fitting.
Here's a shot of a friends bike hanging while we worked on his engine gaurd.
I have even used the 440lb ones on my door.
Hope this gives you guys some ideas!