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Question Lifting the Versys

Anyone lifted their "V" with one of those motorcycle lifts that Harbor Freight sells? If so, got a picture?
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Do you mean the one that goes under the engine, or the big platform?

The kind that goes under the engine usually doesn't work for sport bikes... there's always parts in the way... really intended for bikes with lower frame rails.

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Do you mean this;


I ordered one from Harborfreight 2 weeks ago, but its been back ordered, due in next week I think. I'll let you know what its like.

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I have one like that works great you just have to install the spindles onto the back by the rear tire it works great for lubricating and cleaning. The type that have a jack on them that slide under the frame and are jacked up will not work the exhaust is in the way.
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Good find - and a great price. Let us know how you like it.
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I'm all about using what I have. I use my smaller set of jack stands for the V. The right side slips under the peg with a little lift to top out the suspension while the bike is on the side stand. Then just lift the bike and slide the other one under the left peg. Removing the bags is a must and bag racks give more handholds for lifting. The rear wheel is between two and three inches off the shop floor and the bike is level in these pictures.









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That looks like a easy way of doing it ddouble. I hadn't thought of that. I will have to give that a try.
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I used the Speedy-jack when I installed the Speedy's lowering kit last Sunday. It's two five gallon buckets turned upside down and placed under the pegs (same location as the jacks above). Since I didn't have a stand or jacks, they worked great. Thanks Speedy.
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Machog if you could? I searched Harbor Frieght last night for that lift and couldnt find it.

Would you provide a link? Thanks much.
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Get a Pitbull. There great and really stable.
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Its on back order until the end of the this, month, I ordered mine beginning of Sept and still haven't got it yet. I just punched the number in on Harborfreightusa website and it couldn't find it. I had to phone order in when I got mine, suggest you try the same. 99701-0VGA is the item number. Maybe its off their site until they get them in stock?

Low Profile Rear Motorcycle Spool Stand
Smooth rolling wheels and extended grab handle for extra leverage allows stand to be easily used by one person
Completely lifts rear of motorcycle for changing a tire, tightening the chain, servicing brakes, or changing oil
Ideal for motorcycle storage to prevent flat spots on tires
Width adjusts from 10-1/2" to 14" to fit a wide variety of swing arm sizes
Maximum capacity: 1000 lbs.
Use with our Paddle Adapters (sold separately) to convert to a rear swing-arm stand

Overall dimensions: 26-7/8" L x 17-5/8" W x 13-9/16" H
Weight: 6.49 lbs.

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I picked up this paddock stand at my Kawi dealer for $100 CDN plus $20 for the spools. It looks like a Brand-X. The only thing I found in the box to identify it is a sticker that says Road Pak Pro. I tried looking on the internet for it but couldn't come up with anything.

It's too bad because it's a really a good stand. You can see it's got four large rubber wheels (not hard plastic) and large size metal tubing. The stand is real easy to use and get the bike up on. The stand can also convert from using spools to lifting the bike by the swing arms.

The bike is really stable on the stand and I found I can move the bike around the garage while it's on the stand. Anybody seen one like this?

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I use the Woodcraft stand that i got from blue streak racing . I tried a couple of other units and this one the most stable with quad wheels and i can lift the bike by myself without fear of losing it , check it out ......www.bluestreakracing.ca with free shipping or check out http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/
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Check out scottscyclevstand on you tube

I have a demo of a stand I build. One tough stand, which also includes spools, you will see how easy a rear swingarm stand works to lift the rear tire up from the ground. I also make adapters that fits in the same stand, and lifts the front wheel up too. The rear must always be in place before ever attempting to use a front stand, thus two stands and the adapters are neccessary to lift both wheels up. The front tire cannot be taken off, as the cradels of the lift, do not allow for axel removal. The use of the front stand is for storage and cleaning. Check it out on You Tube, scottscyclevstand
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Great tip, that worked for me!
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I'm all about using what I have. I use my smaller set of jack stands for the V. The right side slips under the peg with a little lift to top out the suspension while the bike is on the side stand. Then just lift the bike and slide the other one under the left peg. Removing the bags is a must and bag racks give more handholds for lifting. The rear wheel is between two and three inches off the shop floor and the bike is level in these pictures.









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How do you take the front wheel off?

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Stands update

Update on the Harbor Freight stand:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...unction=Search
It's $39.99; made by Haul-Master. Also swing-arm spools $4.99 same page.

Found this set (front & back) from a company on eBay:

Buy it now price $109.99
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Received mine from Harbor Freight a couple of weeks ago. No complaints at all. Very functional, and makes lifting the back tire a breeze. Definitely worth the money.


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Here's what I built but it only works with the bike secured at the front wheel.

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