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Old 08-12-2013, 08:03 PM   #16
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I got my handy lift several years ago, before the HF stuff was around. A couple 2x8's and some chain link top rail are what I use on the rare occasion I need extensions.
A small auto scissor jack works fairly well, added a piece of 2" alum sq tube to extend it's range to xrl territory.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #17
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I have had a handy lift for 10-12 years air model.
I use it to store my K1200RS. I have the side wings to provide a larger foot print to deal with the 650 lbs of motorcycle.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:42 PM   #18
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We use Handy and Derek Weaver lifts. Similar quality. Buy what ever suits you at the best prices. The extensions are worhtwhile if you need to ride the bike on the lift. It give the kickstand and your feet as place to land on the lift.

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Old 09-03-2013, 01:29 AM   #19
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Here's another option. Prokar used to have prices on the site, now it looks like you have to inquire to get a quote. I think you might find you get more of the options for the cost of a base handy lift. The handy lift is a nice commercial grade lift and may be overkill (cost wise) for home use, especially when you add in all the extras like side extensions, wheel vise, and the jack. The Prokar is also made in China. Mine has some of the common "made in china" blemishes, it has been very reliable though. I believe I got the PKMC1000 table lift with side extensions, wheel vise, rear drop out and the jack for just a little more than a base Handy lift. A friend of mine back east had the same lift, after I moved west I bought one too. Like ERD said, the side extensions are nice to have, it can be tricky even dangerous to ride a bike onto the base (width) lift. There just isn't enough width to put your feet down on the lift table while straddling a bike. In the second picture you can see the kick stand is on the seam of the lift table/extension. It's nice to have plenty of room for tools, drain pans, etc.

http://www.prokarlift.com/shop-equip...-EXTENSION.php





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Old 09-03-2013, 05:14 AM   #20
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Here is my air powered Handy lift bought for San Jose BMW sometime in the mid 70's. Chris gave it to me 5 or 6 years ago when he started the major remodeling at SJBMW. This lift has been used many thousands of times, still works perfectly, lifts my new Road King with out even trying hard. I still have the original Dolly that is used to move it around.

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:55 AM   #21
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Update: After a friend recommended looking at Titan lifts I decided to buy one. Without the side extensions. Yesterday I (solo) put my 1200GS up on its center stand with no issue. While straddling the bike, I got it off the center stand with no issue. But at that point, I felt pretty well stranded with no good way to get off the bike and keep the bike balanced. It sure would have been nice to have dropped the side stand at that point, but without the side extensions there was no way.

So, as I see it, my options are:

1. Buy the side extensions...they quoted me $270 plus $145 shipping. Uh, $415...don't think so.
2. Buy a jack and use that to get the wheels off the table, instead of using the center stand. Less expensive option.
3. Build wooden extensions...not to raise with the table, but to provide a place to put my feet and the side stand when the lift is in the "down" position. Almost free.

Have any of you wrestled with these choices? Where did you come out?

Thanks.

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:31 AM   #22
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It's only money... and I'm willing to bet you'll end up buying them eventually. SO you might as well just buy them now to start rather than dicking around with something that you think will work kinda decent enough. It's also a good idea to just tie down the front end if you're going to be taking it off the stand for any reason.

And to be honest, I think tire removals are best performed on the ground with a front/rear stand.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #23
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I've had my Handy Lift for about three years and use it quite a bit. I have the side extensions but have never used them. My biggest bike is a R1200RT and I don't have any problem pushing it on the lift and holding the handlebar with one hand while closing the vice with the other hand.

When I need the rear wheel in the air I use a small scissor jack.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #24
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How about just getting 1 side extension? I dont know if they would do that or not. I have both for my lift, but have never used both at the same time. Mostly use just the left side. They are nice to set stuff on, but I prefer to stand closer to the bike while wrenching. Mine are different for each side but its a different lift.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:57 PM   #25
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So, as I see it, my options are:

1. Buy the side extensions...they quoted me $270 plus $145 shipping. Uh, $415...don't think so.
2. Buy a jack and use that to get the wheels off the table, instead of using the center stand. Less expensive option.
3. Build wooden extensions...not to raise with the table, but to provide a place to put my feet and the side stand when the lift is in the "down" position. Almost free.

Have any of you wrestled with these choices? Where did you come out?

Thanks.
I had the same issue and having a big HD, it was a bitch to push up so I rode it on to the skinny lift. Mine is an industrial table, much more stout than a regular lift and the price was awesome on CL. One day, I couldn't take it anymore, so I did this:



Of course it cost a ton more than side extensions but I use the lift all the time now!
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #26
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Personally I wouldn't do anything that would sacrifice lift table maximum height. Especially if it costs as much as concrete work. Side extensions and a jack will cost less without losing six or seven inches of lift table height. A recessed lift is nice if floor space is lacking and you don't mind removing the wheel vice all the time...and you are very short.

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:34 AM   #27
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Every bike I own will hit the ceiling before the lift tops out with it recessed.
I don't remove the vice because it's in the same place it was before... I learned not to trip over my lift years ago and I park on it daily so it takes up no space.

Not the right solution for everyone but it made my lift so much more usable and a one man job. Previously putting the GS or the HD on the lift was a scary one man job and I rarely have a second person that can assist.

I'm just tossing out other options.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:27 PM   #28
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Where are you guys buying your Handy lifts?
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:24 PM   #29
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:04 PM   #30
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Where are you guys buying your Handy lifts?
KSL (similar to Craigslist), $600 for a B.O.B. 1500
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