Picking up the Africa twin

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by gve.mcmlxxiv, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. flyin_

    flyin_ Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing this. I have been meaning to lay mine down to give lifting a try just to see how hard it is. I'm fairly strong but with some back and knee issues I'm scared of lifting this pig by myself. I'm thinking of making my own ratchet strap lifting system like the dirt napper.
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  2. PistolPetey

    PistolPetey Been here awhile Supporter

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    I've practiced solo lifts, and done a bunch of unintentional drops requiring solo lifts.

    Here's one description of me doing the back lift, and showing it can be done in really bad mud.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-...owners-thread.1112644/page-1152#post-37511559

    The other lift I do is the chest-to-seat lift, which you do from your knees. Again, push into the seat rather than lifting up.

    A couple months ago, I purchased the Green Chile ADV Z-Drag self recovery system because, well, I keep putting myself into situations...

    https://greenchileadv.com/products/gcag-z-drag-recovery-system
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  3. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    I like using the handlebar method (leverage) . . . keep your back straight.
    Put on a jock strap first . . . and maybe a diaper:jack

    https://www.advpulse.com/adv-prepping/proper-lifting-techniques-adventure-motorcycle/

    Put The Bike In Gear: Nothing is worse than getting a bike half way off the ground just to have it start rolling and go down again.

    Remove Any Extra Weight: It might seem like a pain to repack after the bike is righted but removing excess weight will make your life much easier while you are lifting the bike.

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  4. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    as in the pic's above but i turn the bars ourward,but keep it in gear and strap/tape the front brake lever on
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  5. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv Been here awhile

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    I want to see the video of him doing it thT way
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  6. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Similar technique. Handlebar turned out instead of turned in. I turn my bar out too.



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  7. 97707

    97707 Go Long Supporter

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    Good point about locking the front brake and turning off the key.

    Good point too about checking the bike over, for dirt in the calipers or gravel in the chain and sprockets . . . or loose and bent stuff.

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  8. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    Every time I lift with the handlebars I cringe,
    thinking the bars will bend but they're good.
    (I have BBusters and IMO, without their support it will bend :(
    The reason the bars should be turned outward is to get more leverage
    but usually, the terrain does not allow turning the front wheel.
    Oh, and if the bike is napping on a slope, forget'boutit.
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