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I am looking for purchase a motorcycle lift. Currently I have a 2014 Goldwing so I want something substantial and have the ability to lift a Trike should I decide to make that modification. I am looking for a quality piece that will handle the job with plenty of room to spare.Anyone out there have experience wit lifts.

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Yes I have lots of toys and I did a lot of research and mulled it over for a year and came to conclusion this is the best package. Price and quality are excellent:
https://www.nhproequip.com/elevator-...th-wheel-chock
And you definitely want the side extenders otherwise good luck getting off your bike without falling over.
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Yes I have lots of toys and I did a lot of research and mulled it over for a year and came to conclusion this is the best package. Price and quality are excellent:
https://www.nhproequip.com/elevator-...th-wheel-chock
And you definitely want the side extenders otherwise good luck getting off your bike without falling over.
Are those side extensions heavy enough to handle the weight of the rear of the trike? A lot of weight on the outer edges.

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Are those side extensions heavy enough to handle the weight of the rear of the trike? A lot of weight on the outer edges.
I canít answer that and just call the manufacturer and have your weights and dimensions. And I am sure you will be directed in the right direction.
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I've had my Handylift for over 25 years and it is still serving me well... Will lift my 09 GL1800 with Tow Pac trike kit on it... I recessed mine into the floor when I built my new man Cave and never regretted it even though I lost 7" of height...

Handylift is not the cheapest but it will probably outlast you!!!

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There are a lot of tables out there for lifting up to a thousand pounds. And you can usually find them under $700. But when you do that trike conversion, you're going to have two issues to deal with. Most trike conversions will add 300 to 400 pounds to your weight. So you'll need a 1500lb capacity. And most lift tables offer (extra cost) side extensions that increase your width to 48". A trike width is going to be about 53" between outside sidewalls of the rear tires. You'll have a couple inches of tire hanging off of each side of the lift. Most shops work with that with no problem, but you better be sure you're centered on the lift as you ride the trike up.

If you choose an outrigger type conversion , such as Les/dadztoy has pictured above, that will be much lighter. You could probably continue to use the 1000lb lift.


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There are a lot of tables out there for lifting up to a thousand pounds. And you can usually find them under $700. But when you do that trike conversion, you're going to have two issues to deal with. Most trike conversions will add 300 to 400 pounds to your weight. So you'll need a 1500lb capacity. And most lift tables offer (extra cost) side extensions that increase your width to 48". A trike width is going to be about 53" between outside sidewalls of the rear tires. You'll have a couple inches of tire hanging off of each side of the lift. Most shops work with that with no problem, but you better be sure you're centered on the lift as you ride the trike up.

If you choose an outrigger type conversion , such as Les/dadztoy has pictured above, that will be much lighter. You could probably continue to use the 1000lb lift.
That was my point. Even though I don't have a trike, I would hate to see what may happen if someone would try to lift their trike.

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There are a lot of tables out there for lifting up to a thousand pounds. And you can usually find them under $700. But when you do that trike conversion, you're going to have two issues to deal with. Most trike conversions will add 300 to 400 pounds to your weight. So you'll need a 1500lb capacity. And most lift tables offer (extra cost) side extensions that increase your width to 48". A trike width is going to be about 53" between outside sidewalls of the rear tires. You'll have a couple inches of tire hanging off of each side of the lift. Most shops work with that with no problem, but you better be sure you're centered on the lift as you ride the trike up.

If you choose an outrigger type conversion , such as Les/dadztoy has pictured above, that will be much lighter. You could probably continue to use the 1000lb lift.
Randy is right on with his advice and I would concur that there are quite a few quality lifts out there these days... When I bought my Handy back in 1993 there were not many choices but I wanted what my dealers mechanics used, which was Handy...

Which ever one you choose, I just recommend a quality lift - they will last a life time if you choose wisely...

My tow Pac outrigger does indeed add about 200 pounds to my bike's weight but the Handylift has no problem lifting to full height with the extra weight...

I actually added 2 small 3/16" thick diamond plate pads at the end of the lift to support the trike's wheels and that helps quite a bit...

If I were going to upgrade my lift, I would consider Handy's newer hydraulic electric lift that goes up to 48"... Pricey but a great lift...

Good luck with whatever you choose - nothing like a quality lift for working on the bike!!!

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