OK, so I was about to start up winter odd-n-ends on the bike, in November, and put it on the lift (Harbor Freight someone left with the house when we purchased it), and strapped it down. I’ve used this lift with the bike a number of times, no issue, and as well years back with other bikes.
Well, strapped down it was, and later in the day I was about to raise it up and start to remove the exhaust, but before pumping the lift up, went to ease the muffler side strap, and once the strap was eased, the bike had a little lean to it. Nothing seemed unusual, as the wheel chock has some ‘play’ in it and the bike can lean a bit.
The bike was leaning to the other side, and slowly the lean increased. Despite me having good a good grip on the bike, the bike, with stand, and I, went over.
These photos are after a lot of imaginative verbs and nouns, and a conniption fit I’d be embarrassed if it was witnessed . . . and after I pulled the lift away. You can see in the photos, the bike landed on the modified left front slider, handle bar end, and the rider foot peg, slider stud.
That frame slider had an about 4” extension I had installed to attach a camera. The only other location the bike landed was on the left foot peg, lower metal slider stud. Both the 4” camera slider extension, and the foot peg slider, were messed up. The bar ends barely a scratch.
You can see the bike fairing is just off the floor. Not a scratch from the fall on the bike fairing.
How lucky is that?
Thankfully I have a rafter winch, and raised the bike up.
The last several months have gone by and today I just cut up some .9” stainless hard rolled round, and some scrap tubing. The lift has 1” holes, on each side, where the hydraulic jack frame connects to the side frame, a perfect fit to slide the .9” round. It beds about 3-4” in, and with the foot pads, holds the lift in place pretty well. I got on the side of the lift, with the bike strapped down, and could not rock the thing over.
I have more stock and will fab up the same type support arms for placement near the front of the lift.