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post #1 of 12 Old 03-15-2019, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Which bike stand should I get?

Im in the market for a bike stand for my 03, obviously I cant lift her onto a stand so looking for a lift. I have decided not to go for a center kick stand for cosmetic reasons haha! there I said it. Anyone recommend which one I should get? Ive got one for my YZ125 but the lever would probably snap under the weight of my KLR... thanks.


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Iímnot usually one to recommend stuff from Horrid Fright, but I have found their lift to be just fine.

https://m.harborfreight.com/automoti...ift-60536.html
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Thank you very much Tom,

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I use the P-12 lift stand from Motorsport Products in my shop, for basically naked KLR's. I weigh about 160lbs & a near naked Gen 2 is about my and the stands Limit! Full saddlebags requires my hoist.

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I use the P-12 lift stand from Motorsport Products in my shop, for basically naked KLR's. I weigh about 160lbs & a near naked Gen 2 is about my and the stands Limit! Full saddlebags requires my hoist.

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I was actually looking at the P-12 on either motosport.com or btosports.com and I read a review that someone had specifically bought this for their KLR650 and the stand couldn't fit under the bike for him to lift up. Did you have any issues with this? I wish I could measure the clearance of mine but I'm away for work. Its a GEN 1 with an SWMOTECH skid plate.

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He may have lowering links on his bike?

I think that from the RH side, on the side stand about all I have to do is pull a soft suspension, early Gen 2 vertical onto the platform, maybe a little wiggle-wiggle to center it.

I only run the self-locking nuts up finger tight, so I can readily adjust the height for MX bikes.

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I plan on getting raising links from Eagle Mike so that should probably do the trick regardless. Thanks for your help gentlemen.

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Iímnot usually one to recommend stuff from Horrid Fright, but I have found their lift to be just fine.

https://m.harborfreight.com/automoti...ift-60536.html
Suspiciously, the HF lift looks identical to the Sears Craftsman lift my wife spent well over $100 for about 10 years ago.. Could be the same unit in different paint since everything seems to be made in China these days. Regardless, that type lift is a good one.

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Ah! Made in the same factory, yes, but de-odorized and packed in good cardboard so it doesn't have the infamous Made In China smell, which is also known as Horrid Fright Odor.

That, alone, is worth $50.

More on topic, (not that I would ever drift a thread) mine needs a stronger retraction spring. The lift will very slowly lower itself about halfway using the spring and Gravity Drive, then it stops. It's properly lubed.

I upgraded the wheels with these polyurethane wheels so that it navigates a little more smoothly: https://casterconnection.com/w-25-a-5-16.html?___SID=U
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The wheels are a great idea.. The steel wheels are noisy on my garage floor. How well do they roll with a bike strapped to the lift? I may need to get a set.

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