Your basic, $ 100-on-sale (Harbor Freight, you might find better prices at Pep Boys, etc.; the Sears version is now going for $ 107) genuine Made-in-China 1500-lb. rated ATV-motorcycle lift works for me.
If stability is a concern, tie-down loops for strap hooks are available (have never used 'em); and . . . a mechanical stop can be engaged to prevent the bike from descending as the hydraulic pressure oozes away.
Floor rollers permit spotting the assembly anywhere on the garage floor or parking lot surface.
Adequate for my purposes, YMMV!
Here's Harbor Freight's pitch: http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...lift-2792.html
Hey, hold the phone! Here's a TWO TON (4000-lb) lift from Sears for $ 134.99:
The Powerbuilt® TripleLift jack slashes the expense and hassle of purchasing, maintaining and storing multiple jacks and jackstands. It is the one jack that easily lifts cars, trucks, ATVs and motorcycles, and works to remove and replace vehicle transmissions and differentials too.
The secret to the TripleLift is the patented design that features both a removable lift saddleand padded lift rails. This flexible design allows the TripleLift to adapt to multiple types of vehicle frames. A locking safety bar holds the jack in place once the vehicle is raised, which eliminates the hassle of supporting a lifted vehicle with jack stands.
The Powerbuilt TripleLift offers a lifting capacity of 4,000 pounds, and meets or exceeds ANSI standards.
Powerbuilt offers anything you need for heavy lifting in the garage or shop! The TRIPLE LIFT might be the most versatile floor jack ever. It safely lifts and holds cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles and more. No need for jack stands, as the safety bar slides into place to secure the lift arm. Lift range is 5-1/2-in. to 17-1/4in. 2 ton lift capacity.
Powerbuilt 620422 Features:
•Lifts and holds cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs
•Eliminates the need for jack stands
•Lift range: 5-1/2-in. to 17-1/4-in.
•Includes tie down anchor points to secure motorcycles
•Meets or exceeds ANSI standards
Starting over, might consider this one!