The first "garage" I worked in was a basement in another farmhouse. It had an outside stair entry, the old style kind with a lid that covered the stairs and hinged sideways to access.
The ceiling was maybe 5" 8" high, I was 6' 3" plus tall. I spent a winter down there rebuilding a Norton kneeling on the concrete floor.
Young and tough, who needs knee pads? Turns out that I did. In the spring I could hardly walk and I had a very sore neck and head. The neck from walking hunched over, the head from constantly banging into the ceiling studs. A hardhat might have been useful too.
After that experience, it is a joy to work in a new, old-time garage. But no more kneeling for me- I have a bike lift. I also have kneepads and, somewhere around here there's a hardhat too.
I'll be adding a front wheel chock soon (on sale at Princess Auto $60), bolted to the lift. Handy for bikes with no centre stand or swingarm spools to accommodate a paddock stand. Safer than rolling the bike onto the lift and putting the side stand down, plus the bike is vertical.
A lift also works very well for taking the front wheel off my V. Here's how I do it:
-run front wheel up the ramp onto the lift
-two ratchet straps are hooked to a chain around the centre support ceiling beam
-feed straps through a gap in the fairing, hook to the lower triple clamp, one per side
-raise the lift in steps, tightening straps at each step until the desired height is reached
-remove brake callipers, bungee cord them out of the way
-lower the lift, pull the loosened axle and remove the wheel
Faster and easier than it sounds and safer with another person to help. I also use a paddock stand on the Versys, it stabilizes the bike vertically and it rolls on the floor as the bike raises. I'll take photos the next time I change the front tire.
With apologies for highjacking my own thread.