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Posted by john_dunn1 at April 17. 2017

Noticed there is a lot of messages (last year) on bike lift ramps. To save me trawling through them, does anyone have a preference.

Ive had a look on Ebay. Two caught my eye. I prefer the long bench type. One is the hydraulic lift ramp 450kg which has a scissor action @£349.95. the other is similar, still scissor but has slightly forward facing legs @£299.99.

Thanks

John.

Thanks for your replies.

Its my age related dodgy knees that gave me the idea to purchase one of these lifts. I will also purchase one of those creeper stools, they are only 17.49 plus vat in Machine mart. Will sort the purchase out next week. Today Im getting ready for the classic bike show in Stafford on Sunday.

Thanks John

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Posted by boo_cock at April 17. 2017

I have a seeley ramp about 15 years old now. The newer ones have plastic wheels and only a tread plate pattern top. The plain top is better for cleaning. Put on a rubber mat or carpet to stop sliding about, Best bit of kit I ever got. My knees love me for it.

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Posted by christopher_winsby at April 18. 2017

I use one from machine mart. Got it with the VAT off offer. Used it for a Commando total strip and rebuild. Now six years old and still going strong.

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Posted by jonathan_newton at April 18. 2017

If I didn't have one I probably wouldn't have bikes.  I use mine every run if only to clean and check them over.  For that level of use I'd  recommend the Hydraulic versions. its so simple.  You  can replace the plastic wheels for more robust . Scissor action lifts straight up so less room required.  The  cantilever type need a larger footprint on the floor.

A cut out for a rear wheel drop out is an advantage, I also fitted "eyes" for tie-downs incase I'm getting a  bit enthusiastic with the tighter parts.  If your in a standard residential garage or shed, look for the slimmer versions, they vary depending on capacity.   I have 500 KG and  only 600 mm wide which leaves plenty of room around the machine and also handles the Burgman.

 

Jon

 

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Posted by David Cooper at April 18. 2017

I need one also - but I have two concerns

 

One is simply the room it takes up.  In theory it takes no space since I can always park a bike on it.  But in practice I bet it does not work like that - or does it?

 

The other is that the shed is along a back alleyway - and part of the approach is grass.  I'm not totally convinced that dragging a 150kg lift ramp 50 yards over what amounts to a grassy meadow will be an easy proposition.

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Posted by jonathan_newton at April 18. 2017

Previously David Cooper wrote:

I need one also - but I have two concerns

 

One is simply the room it takes up.  In theory it takes no space since I can always park a bike on it.  But in practice I bet it does not work like that - or does it?

 

The other is that the shed is along a back alleyway - and part of the approach is grass.  I'm not totally convinced that dragging a 150kg lift ramp 50 yards over what amounts to a grassy meadow will be an easy proposition.

If you can get the bike there you can get the ramp there, just a matter of how many of  you.  

The size question is an issue because they do tend to make them like dinning table.  As long as the base is stable the width of the top can be reduced to a certain degree. I went to the trouble of reducing mine by 75mm each side because I kept snagging on the handlebars of the bike alongside.  I don't have a wheel system so I fitted roller balls into the base of mine so I can move it to one side to give me a flexible work space.  I trust your on a solid floor?

To me it is a necessity as kneeling is not an option...

Cheers

Jon 

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Posted by John Sunderland at April 18. 2017

I have a home made lift which is so easy to use and it came as part of the deal when I got my Dommie from my daughters partner. Wouldn't be without it as my knees/back and other joints aint what they used to be

I also have a hydraulic side lift that I bought when I had a Triumph Speedmaster (cruiser). I got it from KD Benches in Falkirk who also make a full ramp/lift. The website is below:

https://kdbenches.co.uk/product/standard-bench/

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Posted by ian_goodhall at April 18. 2017

I've got one of the shorter scissor lifts as in the picture and have been very happy with it. The rear ramp unclips leaving rear wheel in space and easy to remove. To store it I stand it on it's side against the side wall of garage and it takes hardly any space up.

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Posted by George Phillips at April 18. 2017
Which make/model is that one Ian? Great bike, BTW. '55 ES2? George

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Posted by ian_goodhall at April 18. 2017

I bought it at some little bike show in Stoke on Trent. I think the people I bought it from advertise in the Old Bike Mart, or they used to. Can't remember their name.

And yes, a '55 ES2. A very enjoyable ride on country roads.

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Posted by john_dunn1 at April 22. 2017

Previously john_dunn1 wrote:

Noticed there is a lot of messages (last year) on bike lift ramps. To save me trawling through them, does anyone have a preference.

Ive had a look on Ebay. Two caught my eye. I prefer the long bench type. One is the hydraulic lift ramp 450kg which has a scissor action @£349.95. the other is similar, still scissor but has slightly forward facing legs @£299.99.

Thanks

John.

Thanks for your replies.

Its my age related dodgy knees that gave me the idea to purchase one of these lifts. I will also purchase one of those creeper stools, they are only 17.49 plus vat in Machine mart. Will sort the purchase out next week. Today Im getting ready for the classic bike show in Stafford on Sunday.

Thanks John

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Posted by Ian Easton at April 22. 2017

Here's the one I use. It's the best tool I ever bought. If you get one I would advise a big wheel vice at the front, not the little wood type vices, and a dropout at the back for removing wheels.  I trundle mine around the garage with a bike on it and it's not easy - with a bit of help it's fine. On it's own with no bike it's easy to move on a concrete floor.

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Posted by George Phillips at April 22. 2017
Make and cost Ian? George

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Posted by Ian Easton at April 22. 2017

I can't remember the make as I bought it about 18 years ago and there's no names on it. Back then I paid about $300 for it.

 

 

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Posted by ian_goodhall at April 23. 2017

Went to Stafford Show yesterday. Were some for sale the same as mine for £290 ish. Here's a link to their website.

http://www.cjautos.eu/product_p/mb03a.htm

 

Ian

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Posted by Barry Carson at April 23. 2017

wouldn't mind a full size lift. i had this type as i am restricted for room but its ok for now.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by john_dunn1 at April 30. 2017

Just ordered a bike lift from M Mart at £418.80 incl vat plus a wheeled seat. Postage is a bit expenses At £54.00. There are cheaper lifts on Ebay. M Marts lifts have had some good reports, if there is any problems then should be able to get it sorted OK. Nearest shop is only five miles from me. Should be here Wednesday. Certainly should make life easier on my knees and back.

John.

PS. For my Jubilee and CB 900f

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Posted by richard_evans at May 01. 2017

A guy at the Stafford Show who is based in Birmingham make a really good one which utilises a Halfords trolley jack as the hydraulic lift.

It's unpainted but he will powder coat them at extra cost. (£80.00)

Cost was around £350.00 and they come in two widths (14 & 24 inch), have a rear wheel removable plate, front wheel stop, four position ratchet stop, tie down points, loading ramp and foot operated jack.

He will deliver free within a 40 mile radius

 

Mick Hosker  0121 433 5739 (MOB 07976 674104)

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