DIY Motorcycle Lift

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Note: I was sure is a long posting about DIY tables but I was unable to find it.

    Ingredients
    *4x4 in lengths and also small scraps.
    *3/4 plywood or whatever you can find
    *wood screws & Glue
    *Some kind of "Shaft's" for the pivots.
    *Skillsaw, radial saw, table saw or whatever you can find and also a drill.

    This is a very simple design, Everything works on "Interference" so is no need for a "Locking mechanisms" of any kind in fact the more weight you put on the ramp the more wedged it becomes.

    Like a gentle Camel waiting to be loaded
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    So far I just load the bike in this position and then place a jack under until I can deploy the "Back" legs since I don't really have space for a extra ramp (inside the garage) but a extra plank of wood can be use to bring the bike up on the flat table.
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    Very simple construction and structure cut freehand with a "Skillsaw" but I'm sure will be even more precise with a table saw, in any case it works just fine.
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    The bottom detail.
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    It folds pretty small when not in use.
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    Is kind of difficult to see but i use two "Outriggers" (about 18" long aluminum tubes) to hold the end of the tyedowns with great results.
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    Well enjoy and John if you can find the proper posting please move this where it belongs.
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  2. anotherguy

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    Nice.
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  3. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    great idea! i made a wood and steel plateform for my 1150gs and have trouble pushing it up the ramp by myself. maybe i can modify mine now!
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  4. FatherX

    FatherX riding in circles

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    based on what I have seen come from your shop...... I am sure you'll muddle through OK :lol3
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  5. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i just lucked out today and my neighbor was giving away a motorcycle atv lift, its just the small one you slide under the bike not a table type though. i still want to modify the wood one though!
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  6. Motorrad

    Motorrad Been here awhile

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    Blue Leg Kx500 Forks?
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  7. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Yeap, Part of a GS project that never happen.:cry
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  8. VStromTom

    VStromTom Long timer

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    How do you get the thing to stand up on the rear legs? How many people does it take to get the bike up and secured? Looks like a good idea. Your garage makes me feel better about my garage!!!:rofl
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  9. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Good question is actually very easy, I can do it everything by my self even if is a little treacherous, I do the lift in two stages using a big floor jack, First I lift the table as high as the jack will go and then using a "prop box" (two boxes, one to hold it, one as a spacer) I re use the jack to bring it up all the way to the top.

    I need to do some work on my 640 pretty soon (After I fix my power washer and clean the floor) and I promise I take pictures of the whole process.
    Oh you need to see it Today is so much cleaner since We just install a Attic ladder and I move a bunch of things up there.

    Ps: You will laugh (well more like cry) about my old apartment (400 square feet) where I used to have all this things plus a ton of bicycles, motorcycle parts, tools and even more crap.
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  10. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    Pretty clever Ricardo. :thumb

    Been wanting to build one out of square tubing. This looks like a great start.
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  11. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Thanks Senor

    My next version (just because I get bored, not because this one does not work) is based on a "Treadmill" platform (Base) in this case one with a "angle/Inclination" feature that will mechanically lift the "Aft" legs using the already existing feature thanks to a really Strong motor and reduction gearbox.

    This wooden structure is very simple and base on a "Low need for tolerance" approach, So you can be sloppy in the fabrication and account for wear and tear and still works as intended, With No possibility of a "Mistake/Failure"

    If you guys want I can take more specific pictures and measurements "A La Martha steward" but sincerely don't see the need.
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  12. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    The one thing I am thinking is to have the front leg position adjustable via a series of holes in the frame to be able to change the CG. The addition of a removable leaver/handle would give more leverage to lift the ass-end then detached after the rear legs were set.

    This design of yours looks like a great platform to get started. :D
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  13. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I try to have a "Positive CG effect" By locating the front legs closer to the center of the platform, That way the whole platform acts like a "Tiddler todder" (The kiddo balance toy) So you are not lifting the whole weight of the bike like when you have the legs at the very end of the table, In fact next time I will located the front legs even closer to the center for added center of mass advantage.
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  14. samaza

    samaza intercontinental

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    very nice, a cheap and creative option :freaky
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  15. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    I have been planning to build a lift for a few years and I just got given enough scrap from work that this winter it is going to happen. We just scrapped (aka gave to me) a hopper dumpster and a bunch of 2" square steel framing from a machine we bought and repurposed, so I have more than enough material to do almost anything I want. I even got a small but strong hydraulic ram and power pack to lift it!

    My garage is tight so I am planning on sinking it into the floor so it is out of the way when it's not in use (as if it ever will be)

    I have only used a couple lifts in the past but what do you like/hate about your lift? Has anyone built a lift before? Anything to avoid doing/trying?

    It will be a couple weeks before I get started, but I'll update this thread with photos and design stuff so people can reuse my design work.
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  16. kenstone

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    I did a lot of research on DIY lifts and found many good designs on the net, some with detailed drawings.
    I have the means to build a lift, but not the free material, and ended up buying an HF lift table and have modified it to suit my needs.
    This guy just extended a motorcycle jack:D
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    And here's a site with 34 different DIY lifts
    http://www.homemadetools.net/site/search?q=motorcycle+lift&Search=
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  17. kenstone

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  18. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the links, but I am looking for specific likes/dislikes of people's lifts, or lift features, not full designs. Like a "I hate this strap positioning because it's always in the way" or "Don't put the support bars too close to the front/middle/side because you will hit your knee on them" or "Don't bother trying to make that back hole to change your tire through" kinda thing.

    Here we are getting somewhere. What did you modify on it and why?
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  19. lynch180

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    I am in for this one:wink:
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  20. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    I'm in too. This looks interesting!:clap
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