Well I was fortunate this past week to find a cycle lift on a local online auction site that I was able to win! Might not seem like a bike deal but this will go a long way in simplifying working on the bikes. Especially when it comes to removing the rear wheel!
We went and picked up the lift and brought it home. Iknew from looking at it prior to the auction that I would have to make some modifications to it to accommodate the larger bikes since the bed on the lift was so short. Here’s a pic of it with the project bike on it. Keep in mind this is a small Shadow 500 with a wheel base of 58″….
So I went a picked up some steel from a local supplier and fabbed up a nice 18″ extension for it. That way I could fit the 750’s on there as well. My extension was made using 1 1/4″ square stock welded to the existing frame on the table and then making the frame for the extension out of 1″ square stock. The 1″ square steel then slides nicely right into the 1 1/4″ steel for a sleeve type construction.
So now the larger bikes will fit on the lift as well, and with the removable extension, I’ll be able to accomplish removal of the rear wheel without the need to remove the fender first. But that meant having a means by which I can jack up the bike once it’s on the lift. I knew just the item to use!
I had an old scissor jack laying around that would work perfect! Once I located it however, I realized I would have to do something to the jack to make it useable and safe for lifting a motorcycle. So, here’s the jack. As you can see there is nothing on the top of the jack to keep it fixed on the bottom of the bike.
Since there is a round cross brace on most bikes near the back of the motor I came up with this… I took a piece of exhaust pipe I had lying around, split it in half and the cut a small section of that off. Next I took a piece of round stock that fit nicely into the top of the jack, cut a small piece off and welded that to the exhaust pipe ‘cradle’.
Now all I do is insert this into the top of the jack and I have a very secure way to lift the bike without fear of the jack slipping. Plus I can create any number of ‘attachments’ I need for various makes and models of bikes using the same method and just pop on the needed attachment for each bike!
Next I needed to do a dry run to see if everything would work as planned 😀 I put the VooDoo bike up on the lift and slipped the jack in. It’s kind of a pain trying to crank the scissor jack by hand… but that’s a project for another day. I got the jack all lined up….
and cranked her up until the back wheel was off the table.
Then pulled the table extension off… and VIOLA!! Now I can easily work on rear brakes and tires without having to mess with removing fenders. I love it when a plan comes together…and actually WORKS! 😀