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Device to help pick up a 500+ lbs bike for a woman? (Now a group buy)

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by SpecialAgentNancy, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Hey fellow ADV riders

    Is there a company that makes devices that help get a 500+ bike up for under strength/weight riders?

    I have a Triumph Tiger 800 XC.
    I weigh 140 lbs. The bike weighs 500+lbs. The bike wins.

    Yes I've tried putting my back to the seat and lifting with all the youtube videos as instruction.
    Yes I've tried picking it up with other male riders coaching me.
    I ride dirt and hey, there is a better chance I'll go down there and be further away from "help".
    And I'm sick of my riding partners cancelling last minute screwing up my weekend rides. I want to go on my own. I keep a delorme for real emergencies but if I take a light spill, I want to know I can get the bike back up without calling the Calvary.

    There has GOT to be a company out there that has developed some kind of technology to assist in getting a tall, heavy bike up at least half way off the ground. I can get it once it's about halfway up.
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    Belaflek Been here awhile

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  3. memerson3996

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    If your riding in the woods, a come-along around a medium high branch may help. If you're doing desert riding, I doubt that would work.
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  4. salty_monk

    salty_monk Been here awhile

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    How about a "come along" (aka hand winch) and some straps. If there is not a tree or something to fix it too you could use a picket anchor (google it).

    I suspect you could stand with your feet on the tyres, work the winch & it would start to pull it up for you even if you had a low anchor.

    When trying to lift it the important thing is to turn the bars the right way & use your legs - still not easy though (i'm only 155-160).

    If you made it right something like this might also work for you to lift it to half way. Wouldn't necessarily be speedy (but faster than walking out to get some help!)

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=646812

    :)
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  5. MikeinSA

    MikeinSA The sheep lie

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    There was a thing called a Snow Buddy that a guy was selling for snowmobiles but you could also use it to raise a bike. It was pretty compact and didn't need an anchor (tree) to lift. It looks like his website is down now though. Maybe someone has a used one for sale?
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  6. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    some sort of telescoping pole maybe, to use as a lever.

    might be impossiblet to find something small and light weight enough that would be strong enough to be helpful.
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    I think you have only two real choices....

    - take up weight training.

    - get a lighter bike.

    If you plan on riding alone in the dirt, then it is pretty much a necessity that you be able to pick up your bike on your own. It's not a matter of "if" you'll dump the bike...its just a matter of "when".

    If you can't pick it up, then even a simple tip on the side while stopping for lunch could lead to a seriously long walk.
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    Your wish not to be crucified is understandable.....:lol3
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  11. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Ah thanks for the fingerwagging (and inevitable responses that should be in Jo Mamma) So I weight train already. I'm not buying a light dirt bike. Nuff said

    But to those who actually answered my question, thanks so much. Good stuff here. Think I've got a good solution to keep me riding, because that is after all what it's about.

    Watched a youtube for the Z Drag Recovery rope looks about right for size/weight. Great video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwhpI6sG12Q

    I ride in forested areas 90% of the time so I think this will work very well.

    I googled Picket Anchor. Some pretty heavy duty equipment that would take a lot of room on the bike and possibly be dangerous in a fall unless I could figure out a way to install it so it wouldn't break loose in a crash.

    The trail jack thread is interesting. I know an experienced welder/builder locally that could possibly make something like this on the Tiger. However this seems more of an already upright solution for tire changes.

    Love to hear about the snow buddy option if anyone else has info.
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  12. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Don't get me wrong. I find everyone I encounter really great about supporting a woman riding dirt (especially on a big bike) and helping me pick that pig up when I crash but I just want to be as self sufficient as possible.
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    Understandably so, it's an admirable quality.

    Could you make a trailside lever or maybe an aluminum farm jack? Either should get it up high enough for you.
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  15. Danjal

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    The other good things about a farm jack is you can get any that are too long and cut them down. If you want a retention nub, leave half an inch more and drill a hole for a bolt. You can cut down the lever or cut it in half,and use a smaller or larger diameter of pipe so it slides in or over the handle and packs smaller.

    The rope and directional could work very well and be versatile. It would depend on the terrain she rides on though.
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  16. SpecialAgentNancy

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    Good thread. I was eyeballing the Z Drag and thinking the same thing. I can put that together for half the cost. I always carry tie down straps too...been to Alaska last year and needed them for the ferries.

    I think the next steps is see if I can build something right on to the bike with a local welder. If not, find someone locally to practice the pulley with.

    That farm jack is looking like a great option too!
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  18. nevermind

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    I've never been able to find the peep who built this, but it would be easy and to get a 2 piece floor jack handle and two loop straps to attach this to a lower frame member and then higher up on the bike chassis. I was going to go this route when I hurt my shoulder and couldn't lift my 990 ADV properly.

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  19. SpecialAgentNancy

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    Now that is pretty neat!
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  20. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    That's just a lever. Put a stick under it and it works the same way. could get a collapsible steel pole,weld a pin in the end to fit in the footpeg, then a circular strap to wrap around the frame somewhere, pass the pole through and into the peg. Voila, lever with no frame damage. Make it nesting and it'll pack.

    The longer the lever the heavier it'll have to be,but the easier it'll be to lift the bike. Easy to fab too.
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