Motorcycle lift...Handy vs. Atlas

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bobframe, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. bobframe

    bobframe Been here awhile

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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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  2. Sevv

    Sevv Been here awhile

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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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  3. k12lts

    k12lts Been here awhile

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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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  4. divotdm

    divotdm Been here awhile

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    How about just getting 1 side extension? :dunno 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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  5. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    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:

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    Of course it cost a ton more than side extensions but I use the lift all the time now!
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  6. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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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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  7. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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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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  8. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Where are you guys buying your Handy lifts?
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  9. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Craigslist, $550.00.
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  10. Nevada

    Nevada Been here awhile

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    KSL (similar to Craigslist), $600 for a B.O.B. 1500
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  11. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    If you turn your extensions upside down, you can use them as parts and tool trays.

    Is there a good foot pedal that returns itself to center? The handy pedal is fussy and way too loud. Maybe the handy pedal is supposed to be used either all the way up or all the way down and not somewhere in the middle.
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  12. //Daveo\\

    //Daveo\\ Adventurer

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    Can anyone who owns either of these lifts comment on corrosion resistance?

    I'm debating purchasing a lift that I'd leave centered in my garage stall, and then I'd park my truck over top of it year-round, which includes the winter here in MN. That brings a certain amount of salt into the garage.

    Is this a doable idea, or is my investment going to rust away in a couple of years?
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  13. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    I live within a mile and a half of the Pacific Ocean and my handy lift is only rusting where the runner wheels travel as the deck rises and falls. The rest is fine. Now if we were talking about my 1970 Ford F100 :cry :cry :cry :cry

    Rust NEVER sleeps.
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  14. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    Just got a Handy standard from a local fellow. I would like to buy extensions if you know of any available ...
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  15. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I use my standard handy foot pedal over a rag, that dampens the noise to a decent level.
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  16. Ducky 149

    Ducky 149 Been here awhile

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    Your investment is going to turn into rusty shit.
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