Contributed Tech Stuff - Lifting (a heavy bike) Made Easy

Contributed by F. Robert Falbo

Disclaimer: Information and ideas contained in this section are solely those of the contributor(s) and not those of Harley-Davidson®, Harley-Davidson® of Uica, H.O.G.®, or the Erie Canal H.O.G.® Chapter.

So you've purchased that dream bike - A Street or Road Glide, or an even heavier Electra Glide. That's 800+ pounds you have to balance, and while that's pretty easy when you're moving, when you're going very slow or stopped it can go "over" on you pretty easily. Once it does (...and it eventually will, no matter how good you are.) how are you going to right it?

Go look at all those YouTube videos. Notice one thing... they're all done on a nice clean parking lot under ideal conditions by people who are in good physical shape. Where are the geriatric videos? Where are the videos done on slippery grass or loose gravel or dirt?

Soon after I got my Street Glide I had it go over in my garage when I'd stopped, then decided it needed to be another foot forward. I wasn't paying atention to what I was doing because I was already thinking about something else, and pow!... the bike took me right over onto the engine guard. Maybe 10 years ago I could have hauled it right back up using the "back-to-the-bike technique, but I'm past that age now, so I was forced to improvise and use my bike lift, which worked, but you can't pack a bike lift in your saddlebags. That's when I decided to make my own emergency jack.

Since I'd lifted the bike with the bike lift by placing a rail under one of the saddlebag frame mounts, I thought I'd design a small jackscrew that attached to the front bag mount. I ended up with a very compact jack, but when I tried it I found that too much of the bike's weight was forward of that point, and while it started to work, the rear wheel would side-slip, defeating the jack. The mounting point had to be closer to the engine. Scratch that idea.

While I was doing some more research I came across a video of a guy that had invented an emergency jack using a different technique - a cargo strap & rachet! He was selling a complete kit, and his target audience was older (and weaker) riders... I qualified! So I ordered one, and recently tested it out in my garage. With the help of a friend (Thanks Brad!) we let the bike down on the engine guard, then...

The 4 components & bag. Fairy Tales don't come true - This will happen to you...

The "J" hook is fastened around the passenger peg mount. The jack is positioned.
Note the kickstnd is extended.

I've taken up the slack. My foot is positioned to
stabilize the base plate.

The bike is almost upright. You can see
the change in the angle of the jack and
why it needs to be stabilized.
Amost up - from another angle.
Obviously "Safety" ISN'T my middle name!

Cheap at twice the price?
(Plus $32 shipping by USPS)
Well, it DOES work as advertised.

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