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Wooden Motorcycle lift/stand

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I don't have any welding tools but lots of wood tools.

I need a rear/front lift for my motorcycle to do wheel work.

Has anyone ever built one from wood?:scooter:


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Here's something one of the local bike shops uses. They even put Goldwings on theirs.

Of course, this is drawn without all the necessary braces, locking pins and reinforcments, etc. that you would need... so you can see the concept more clearly.

(And, also, my light blue wedges aren't drawn exactly right. They should sit flat on the floor when the ramp is extended... for supoort.)

I also think they have both handles on the sides of those wedges, and maybe some kind of a winch setup pulling the blue ramp from the front to assist in the lifting. I'm not sure, it's been years since I saw this. But it worked perfectly.

I could see how a worm drive garage door opener could be adapted to power this thing if your bike is one of the heavier ones.


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Here it is in SKP format so, if you have GOOGLE SketchUp, you can rotate it, explode it, move it, alter it, redesign it... whatever.

I have a more complete file on this, but it exceeds the forum limit. If anyone wants that bigger one, I could send it by e-mail.


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That's basically what I was trying to describe above. The only difference is the angles on the red sides match the angle of the ramp when the ramp is down. Where the pivot point of the ramp is, is where the angle started. That way the sides don't stick up and get in your way when you are running a heavy bike up on it.
Mike Hawkins;)
You're right. If I had taken a little more time to draw it, they probably would have ended up matching. I've made that modification to the drawings above. I left a 3" rise on the sides as a tire runoff safety barrier.
I personally like Mike's idea of the fully pivoting top deck. But I asked about that point with the mechanics that used this kind of a ramp. As I recall, they were nervous with the weight transition (client's bikes, so it could get costly to have to repaint something), so they elected to make the top section (shown yellow) as a solid piece that didn't move. The front wheel is held steady and locked by the tubular upright. And they always had enough manpower around to lift the rear portion up and slide the blue ramp in tight.
I never concern myself with missing OP's. I just thank them for bringing up a new subject.

Here is a shop stand that employs the weight shifting tilt Mike talked about. It works well for plywood in a shop.

I broke it down into exploded pieces for easier understanding.

Please excuse the missing radius on the left view of the stand.... I got lazy.


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By the way, here's the whole sequence of the tilting idea. (without a sheet of plywood on the cart)


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