For all of us motorcycle enthusiasts out there, we love to spend our weekend mornings in the garage working on our beloved bikes to keep them in tiptop condition. It’s just satisfying. A floor jack can add to that satisfaction sprinkled with a bit of convenience.
Here’s How to Lift a Motorcycle With a Floor Jack
A motorcycle can weigh up to 1000 pounds. To lift your bike properly and safely so you don’t tip over your bike and hurt yourself or worse- damage your bike, you’ll need to follow some simple steps. Let’s go through them!
Choosing A Flat Surface to Work On
Place the floor jack on a flat surface to lift your bike safely. While concrete is preferable, one place you might want to avoid any carpeted area. You can also lay down a tarp to avoid cleaning up any mess afterward.
Finding Out the Centre of Gravity of Your Bike
This step is usually overlooked but important nonetheless to avoid any mishaps. The center of gravity of a bike is usually located around the engine, varying a bit depending on the model.
Examining the Underside of The Bike
Check the underside of your bike as the jack requires a flat surface under the engine to lift without tipping it over. Also, make sure the part coming in contact with the saddle won’t bend or break under pressure. The user manual of your bike might come in handy in picking the right spot.
If your bike has a center stand then you can skip this step as a center stand already keeps a bike upright.
In case you have a side stand, place wooden blocks on the floor before putting the stand down. This will help to keep the bike in an upright position. But this will be difficult to do alone. Have a friend hold the front handlebars and keep the bike straight while you place the blocks necessary.
Securing the Bike with Tie-Down Straps
While not mandatory, you might want to secure your bike with straps just to be safe. Securing the straps with the jack prevents your bike from falling while you’re working on it.
These straps can be found in automotive stores and are quite inexpensive. Sometimes they are included with the bike or even the floor jack. One thing to consider when using tie straps is to use the padding of some sorts like old cloths or towels to protect the finishing of your bike.
Placing the Jack in Position
Roll the jack under your bike and make sure it’s under the flat surface you located before on the engine. In case you have a center stand, make sure that it is positioned between the rubber platforms on the jack. Oh and lock the wheels while you’re at it.
Escalating the Jack
After placing the jack in the proper position, use the foot pedal to slowly raise your bike. Don’t rush it, bring the bike down and reposition the jack if you think it’s a bit wobbly. Keep your hands on the handlebars just to be cautious.
One thing to keep in mind is that not to raise the jack more than it’s designed to. Usually, they rise to 11.8, 14.5, and 16.5 inches above the ground. If you have a manual for your floor jack, that might come in handy.
To sum it all up, it’s about finding a good place to work on and making proper adjustments. Remember to always take your time going through the process. Make sure that the floor jack is in the right position. If extra support is needed for when wrenching is involved, use the straps to secure the bike.
While the bike is lifted, work with the utmost care and vigilance possible as one wrong push can cause your bike to get off balance and fall. Well, there you have it. Now that you know how to use a floor jack properly it’s time to go off to the garage.
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