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Old 01-13-2013, 06:36 PM   #16
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I purchase my 12GS with out wheels, she came on a crate on a 18wheler, What I did to bring her down and into my house (the street was to narrow for the 18wheler to maneuver anyway) is a hire a "tilt bed" tow truck that made the job totally painless (sorry I don't have photos) hey even back the truck into my driveway and with the help of the tilt bed deposit the bike into my garage, did I mention it was snowing like crazy..

So for $90 I got the bike to be transport from outside the city but also drop exactly where I need it..
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:47 AM   #17
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+1 on cutting the box open in the bed of my truck and taking it out piece by piece.. wasnt too hard.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:19 AM   #18
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I just slid the crate, as slowly as possible, out of the pickup . . . .

Note Bene, I unfastened teh lil cables that hold the tailgate at a 90 degreee angle when open, because they didn't look strong enough to support the weitgh of the crated lift . . .

the end of the crate wound up dropping the 3 feet, and this did absolutely no damage to the lift what so ever . . . . .

Months later, I helped a buddy get one home, and we did the same thing, with the same results.

It's a pretty stout series of steel pieces, and not very fragile.

Don't over think it.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #19
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Tilt bed trailer. Tilt it up, slides right off.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:17 AM   #20
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Was just about to ask the same thing as I'm planning to grab one this week.

According to their website, the shipping weight is 339lbs.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:46 AM   #21
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Used the front bucket on my backhoe -- I'm sure that helps you out.

Couple 2x6s for ramps - too much friction, grease the planks - if you have to move any distance, move to rollers.
a bar for prying and inching the crate along
Come-along if you have an anchor point

Watch the toes and fingers - maybe not wise to have kids around - remember even some adults can be kids.

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:34 PM   #22
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On the other end of the scale, if you have to think about this, maybe having a bike lift isn't a good idea for you? Not being snarky just wistfully opining. 339lbs is not real problematic. Have the store put the crate in the truck the way you want for easier unloading. Slide the heavy end of the crate out first and down the 2 long 2x6x10/12'. That ought to be enough leverage to get the light end down to the floor without killing oneself. Kick a fulcrum under the 2x6's to catch some weight if you need to?
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:43 PM   #23
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I've bought lots of stuff that was too heavy to move. No problem... all you need is time, smarts, and maybe some steel-toed boots

Seriously... I moved 4'x10'x1/4" steel plate (4 sheets of the stuff) by trailer. Had 6 guys help me load it (helpful bunch, $25 per sheet) but unloaded myself. A big tree, a little chain, some bolts... hook up, drive away, CLANG!, backup, repeat. On the ground, a wrecking bar gave enough leverage to push them into place (I now have a steel driveway). I unloaded a crated mill (450lb) from a van... just slid it down some 2x4s. One inch at a time, ropes to keep things from moving too far, a little bit of prying this way and that to move said inch.

A little brains and going slow, making sure you have a plan for what comes next (once you start, --stuff-- will come next), is all I've ever really used. Of course, I do have an engine hoist, and a chain hoist, and chains, and ropes, and tie-downs (which get used for everything but the bike these days)... Never actually needed those boots, but I wear 'em just in case. Sooner or latter, as they say.

If you're in a rush or don't have any ideas... or your last few ideas didn't work out so well... maybe best to get professional help. When in doubt, watch some YouTube... should give you plenty of ideas about what not to do and how things can go horribly wrong... Sorry, this is probably sliding into unhelpful territory

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:43 PM   #24
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I had a friend pick mine up for me on a out of town trip so he had to help me get it out of his truck.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:41 AM   #25
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So I assume the OP does not have a pickup truck or trailer. In a choice of a Home Depot flatbed truck or a U-haul, the U-haul wins hands down. The bed height is probably half as tall as the Depot flatbed. Plus,the U-haul has a ramp,and that is a winner if the ramp is wider than the bike lift. A few pieces of PVC pipes under the cargo,and it should move easily.
Take a few 2x4 blocks to place under the motorcycle lift when they load it,and easier still.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:47 AM   #26
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Have any furniture dollies? You know, the ones with four casters? I had help unloading my lift out of my truck bed but I still needed to move it up the driveway and into the garage by myself. Since the lift is unassembled in the crate, simply removing the crate and rolling it on its own was not an option. Anyhow, the furniture dollies helped.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by groop View Post
Have any furniture dollies? You know, the ones with four casters? I had help unloading my lift out of my truck bed but I still needed to move it up the driveway and into the garage by myself. Since the lift is unassembled in the crate, simply removing the crate and rolling it on its own was not an option. Anyhow, the furniture dollies helped.
HF has some. They are cheap, but good!

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #28
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Perhaps a bit off topic, at least a little.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:33 PM   #29
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I have the Handy BOB lift. Quite a bit heavier than the HF lift and had to use an engine hoist to unload it.
I've transported that lift many times as we use it at trade-shows to display bikes. It take at least 4 strong guys to get it off the pallet!

One tip I could give is to strap around the entire lift and legs before you move it. That way it won't try to open up on you while you're moving it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:09 PM   #30
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Slide it out onto a raised floor jack.
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