Any suggestions for a good cheaper lift for 650
First of all, let me say that anyone who does this crazy thing and has the bike fall deserves what they get.
Following the lead of someone I read on the Internet, I use a brace of jackstands with a length of cut-open clear vinyl tubing on the head of each for added friction on the big aftermarket skidplate. Positioning the jackstands forward gets the front wheel off the ground, rearward gets the rear off. If you have the stock skidplate, you can put the jackstands on the frame just aft of it, but I recommend putting the vinyl tubing on the frame to protect it in this case.
The process is obvious, but the handlebar trick really helps:
1. handlebar centered
2. open the right jackstand to the minimum needed height
3. push the bike over to the left, and wedge the jackstand under the right side of the skidplate under the frame for max support (or on the frame if stock skidplate)
4. move to the left side of the bike
5. extend the left jackstand to the same level as the right, and place it near the sidestand
6. Carefully heave the bike up on the right jackstand. You probably don't want the jackstand touching the motor, so watch for that.
7. Use your left foot to scoot the left jackstand into place. Don't get it hooked on any controls.
8. Lower the bike onto the left jackstand
9. Handlebar full left
I only put "Handlebar full left" as the last step so that I could say "reverse these instructions to get the bike off the stands". Be careful of the left-side controls when lowering the bike.
It feels surprisingly solid, but it probably wouldn't survive someone leaning on it. I've done the steering bearing and swingarm lubes on this thing.
But if I had to replace the system, I'd probably do something wacky like this: http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm