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Old 07-05-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight motorcycle lift?

I've got this motorcycle lift:



I was wondering whether there is any chance this would work to lift up an F700 GS. I was at a BMW dealer the other day, and there really didn't look like there would have been two lift points to put this lift under. The two lift pads are about 8.5" apart.

The F700 GS I'm looking at has the low suspension, so getting a center stand will be a hassle. I only really need it for chain cleaning/lubing. If the above lift will not do, what other options should I consider for lifting the rear wheel?

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Old 07-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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My F650GS is on the exact same lift in my garage at this very moment. No problem. Strap it down when you get the bike on it.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Thanks! Where exactly are you placing the lift pads? Any chance you could post a picture?
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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Any more feedback on this?

I wasn't able to find a way to lift my F700GS with this lift, or at least not by itself. What I was able to do is to lift one of the rear swing arms with one of the pads, and then I used a car jack to lift the other swing arm. This way I was at least able to lift the rear wheel off the ground and get the bike in a vertical position. Alas, having to use two jacks is a bit of a hassle.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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Slide the front pad just behind the oil filter and jack it up. It's well balanced and should work fine. No need for a second jack.
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Still not sure how you managed to do that. The bottom part of the engine isn't exactly flat and when I tried to lift it there just by using one pad of the jack, it was very unstable.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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Don't attempt a lift using one pad! Use one pad just behind the oil filter and the other in the rear of the engine-slide it all underneath the bike. Approach the bike from a perpendicular angle. I'll try and get a photo posted this weekend.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:38 AM   #8
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Thanks. A picture showing the exact lift locations would certainly help. Possibly the layout of the engine pan and exhaust are different on my F700GS?
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:51 AM   #9
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That lift looks identical (except for color) to the one I bought on sale at Canadian Tire. Probably made in the same factory.

In any case, I've used it successfully to lift my F800GS (with MOD skid plate) and it was surprisingly stable. I didn't need to tie the bike down to anything (and tying it to the lift itself would not in my opinion prevent toppling the bike), but then again I lifted it only enough to be able to get both wheels off the ground.

Do you have a skid plate of some sort? That would be where the lift should be placed I think.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:05 AM   #10
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No skid plate. The bolt mounting holes are sticking out from the bottom of the oil pan.

I was thinking of getting the Alt Rider plate at some point.
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Could be the difference. I have the same skid plate on my 658 but I think it would work without it-I'd have to take another look at that to be sure.

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:49 AM   #12
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Here's my bike on the lift:








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Old 09-07-2013, 11:59 AM   #13
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Thank you. Looks like having a skid pad in place is going to significantly help with this task.
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