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  • My new bike maintenance platform

    I've got to start off with kudos to Hondadiver (on another site) for his original suggestion. I took his original plans and did a couple modifications.

    Mine is 44" wide, plenty of room for the feet. The original design was only 24" wide with two 1' boxes on each side. I wasn't comfortable with that. I could easily picture riding up, putting my feet down and one of the side boxes sliding away. Yes, I'm a clutz and Murphy has a blast with me. However, in this width I was very comfortable riding up.

    Also, the original design had that wheel-stop on box one screwed in. Instead, I'm going to set it in with something like dowels (so it first serves it's original purpose to have me stop at the correct spot) but can then be removed. Like today, when I was done testing it I moved the ramp to the front and simply rode off instead of backing back down the ramp.

    Here's the photos with all boxes in place:

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    50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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    Here is the setup with boxes 2 and 4 removed for maintenance. Next time I'll scoot the bike forward another ~2".

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    2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
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    50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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    • #3
      I like it... I like it.

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      • #4
        Each box is 24" x 44" x 10" tall.

        We used 2X10's for the sides with a 3/4" plywood top: 10" overall height.
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        • #5
          Pretty nice setup!
          Ron - Montrose, CO
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          • #6
            Nice set up, until....your neighbor walks up and leans on the trunk.
            Jeff, Northwest Indiana
            '19 Wing / Roadsmith HTX1800

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            • #7
              Hey Leatherneck...I like the plan...don't take this wrong...but why not just buy a lift...maybe a J&S jack...wouldn't that accomplish the same thing.

              It would take up less space and you could move the bike all around your garage with it up in the air?

              I can tell they are built like a battle ship

              John
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              • #8
                Pretty good idea!
                Did you reinforce it where the center stand sits?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JGDJR View Post
                  Hey Leatherneck...I like the plan...don't take this wrong...but why not just buy a lift...maybe a J&S jack...wouldn't that accomplish the same thing.

                  It would take up less space and you could move the bike all around your garage with it up in the air?

                  I can tell they are built like a battle ship

                  John
                  I would have gone that way, but $170 in lumber compared to a $400 jack.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jmohme View Post
                    Pretty good idea!
                    Did you reinforce it where the center stand sits?
                    Yes.
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                    • #11
                      Neat! Well thought out and saves a bunch of $ over a lift. Right now I roll around on a little mechanic's stool or lie on the ground. I may follow in your footsteps! Thanks for posting

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                      • #12
                        Not to hijack the thread, but here's a stand I used on my VT1300. Just have not got around to fitting it for my Wing.
                        2013 Black F6B

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                        • clayusmcret
                          clayusmcret commented
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                          It's not hijacking when it's offering good suggestions and moving the conversation forward. Thanks!

                      • #13
                        Just another view.
                        2013 Black F6B

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                        • #14
                          Clay I like this a lot. But if it were me, I would have made the right and left sides of boxes 1 and 3 removable as on the original plans you used. There are times when it is nice to be able to get up close to the bike when working on it. I use a rolling stool a lot when working on my bike and even my Pit Bill lift is sometimes in the way. I'm sure you could rig up some kind of system to fasten them to the center sections so they wouldn't slide out when putting your feet down. Perhaps straps, latches or buckles of some sort? Nice work!

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                          • #15
                            I like it, but would offer a suggestion to the next person that builds this setup.

                            On the two platforms that remain for the center stand and front wheel, rather than make each of those as a long box, make each section as three individual boxes so the two outside boxes can be removed once the bike is in place, that way you can move around the bike without having box sections in the way.

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                            • #16
                              Originally posted by ChrisE View Post
                              I like it, but would offer a suggestion to the next person that builds this setup.

                              On the two platforms that remain for the center stand and front wheel, rather than make each of those as a long box, make each section as three individual boxes so the two outside boxes can be removed once the bike is in place, that way you can move around the bike without having box sections in the way.
                              That's basically how the original design was set up, but I was uncomfortable with 3-across boxes. That's the good thing about these plans, they are easily modified based on personal preferences.
                              2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
                              USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
                              US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
                              2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
                              2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

                              50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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                              • #17
                                Neat solution to a problem. I bought a harbor freight lift with a 20 percent coupon. Bam done 150 clams.

                                http://m.harborfreight.com/1500-lb-l...not%20provided

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