Now that the cold weather has started to take hold of the Midwest I find myself trying to squeeze in riding time as long as the sun is still peeking out between the clouds. But deep down I know this is just a desperate attempt to hang on to early fall and the reality of winter in Iowa is setting in. Which is, in reality, a good thing because I need to give my poor bike a bit of a mechanical makeover.
The relentless wheelies ripping around corners, stoppies and interstate blasts have taken a toll this riding season. So I ponder how I can spin some routine maintenance into significant upgrades — all the while making it sound like a reasonable proposition to my wife. As I gaze across my garage and formulate my battle plans, I notice a few things that I am blessed to have and that I take for granted when I’m elbow deep into my bike.
There is, for instance, a lift. There’s a reason it rhymes with “gift.” It seems like a no brainer, but a lot of folks still scramble on the floor on hands and knees, or prop their precious bike up on makeshift two-by-four scaffolding. You can argue that a new lift costs too much and you’d have a good argument. But believe me when I say these items more than pay for themselves if you spend any amount of time at all working on your bike. Besides, there are several different options and price ranges from which to choose.
K&L offers a variety of options. If it’s your desire to own a heavy-duty table style lift, it will be everything you could ever want in a motorcycle lift. With a large deck and a huge lift capacity, these bad boys will bring that bike of yours right up to eye level with the touch of a pedal, offering you hours of fun-filled wrenching. We’re talking top of the food chain garage bling right there!
A more economical, yet still highly functional option is the Multi Lift, which still offers a large lifting capacity. It gets your work off the ground via a foot-operated valve and allows you to roll the bike around the garage and remove wheels and tires without hassle.
The third option, and definitely the best bargain is a flat jack that can be used as a lift on its own but is also a great accessory for a table lift. It only has a lift height of about 10 inches but it’s great for getting under bikes with very little clearance. You can slide this baby under as little as 3 ½ inches. Either way, this is an extremely useful sidekick in the man cave.
So quit rolling around the floor like a heathen. Crack open the wallet and spring for one of these must-have pieces for your tool collection.