Best Motorcycle Lifts for Harley Davidson – Review 2020


One of the greatest things about owning a motorcycle is that most of the maintenance, minor repairs, and upkeep can easily be done at home. Unlike cars and trucks that have to go to the shop for detailing, oil changes, and just about everything else. A motorcycle lift is not needed for the majority of things you do to a bike, but having a lift can help you do things with less back strain.

I talked to a lot of experts and bike owners about their choices for lifts. They gave me a list of devices to try, and our panel of testers found the following ones to be game-changers! 


Best Motorcycle Lift for Harley Davidson Reviews in 2020


1. OTC 1545 Ultra Low-Profile Motorcycle and ATV Lift 

This lift is capable of picking up 1,500 pounds. The skids are 17 inches long so it can pick up the larger motorcycles easily.

The clearance on this unit is lower than the clearance on any other lift. The lowest end has a clearance level of only 3 ½ inches.

It can then lift the vehicle between 301/2 inches to 1603/4 inches from the ground level.

The jack has a T-handle design that makes it easier to work the device. The handle is removable so the jack can be made smaller for storage purposes, or you can remove the handle so you can have better access to the vehicle on it.

The jack has a foot pedal release that makes it very easy to lower the device when you have completed your work. It also has rear casters that can be locked into place for safety measures.

It has an automatic safety lock that will stop the unit from being lowered while you are working and there is two tie-down straps that ratchet so they can keep the motorcycle secure on the jack while you work.

2. Orion Motor Tech Dilated Scissor Lift Jack 

This is a scissor lift that can accommodate a wide variety of bikes. It has a flat bottom and a large flat platform for the bike to balance on.

The platform measures 9.45 inches in length, x 15 ¾ inches in width. The deck of the platform is covered in rubber so the bike sits safely without slipping concerns.

The main body of the lift is designed out of heavy-duty steel. It is sturdy and very easy to clean and maintain.

It lifts a bike anywhere from 3 ¾ inches off of the ground to 13 2/5 inches off of the ground. It can lift up to 1200 pounds and is only 27 pounds so it is light enough to be easily moved and stored.

The base of this device does not have wheels on it so you do not have to worry about locking castors in place to prevent accidents. The mechanism is operated by a steel sleeve that allows you to manually open the scissors and pick up the machine. 

3. BIG RED T64017 Torin Hydraulic Powersports Lift Jack 

A hydraulic jack that effortlessly lifts up to 1500 pounds. The lifting range measures between 5 1/8 inches off the ground to 16 1/8 inches off of the ground.

You can easily lift your motorcycle, ATV, UTV, or snowmobile, and you can even use this jack as a storage mechanism for the off-season.

The device has six different locking positions so you can secure anything that you lift with it.

The swivel casters help you to move the lift around even when it is loaded. Those same casters can lock into position so they do not move when you need the device to remain stationary. It also has a convenient pulling bar that gives you leverage when you are having to reposition the unit with a heavy load on it.

The attached bottle jack works smoothly to allow you to make a lift with almost no effort on your part.

4. XKMT-Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable Center Stand

Heavy-duty steel was used to create this bike stand. It is perfect for the Electra Glide, the Road King, and Touring bikes manufactured between 1998 and 2006.

This stand is made in the USA and includes all of the hardware you need to mount it to your bike. 

It is not a ride off the stand but is capable of lifting the bile off of the ground so you can easily clean it or do any maintenance you need to do. When the stand is not in use the lift lever is conveniently tucked away under your footboards, out of sight.

When installed this stand will not reduce the lean angle of the bike when it is stationary. It is even compatible with aftermarket suspensions and lowering kits you may have on your bike.

5. HTTMT Heavy Duty Steel Non-Adjustable Center Stand

An accessory that improves the stability of your bike when it is parked and improves the look of your bike. It allows your bike to stand straight up. It also prevents tip-overs or knock-downs.

It looks good on the bike and is compatible with the factory exhaust system and side stands that come on your bike. All of your existing features will work properly and the stand will not reduce the amount of road clearance your bike has.

The stand picks the rear wheel of the motorcycle off of the ground a full inch. This puts the bike in the perfect position for you to do common maintenance and servicing. 

This device is easily mounted to your bike. It does not require any altercations or welding, drilling, or cutting during installation. When it is retracted it is almost impossible to detect.


Buying Guide of Motorcycle Lift for Harley Davidson


If you own a motorcycle then I highly recommend a lift. It will make maintenance easier to do, and it protects your bike, and your personality while you work. Before you purchase a lift, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the types and special features of these devices.

The following items are good consideration points. Make a list of the things you want your lift to have, and compare that list to the products when you are shopping. The result will be you get a device that is perfect for your needs and budget.

Style of Lift

There are several different lift styles. The most frequently seen styles are:

  • Hi-Lifts

These devices allow the entire weight of the bike to rest on them. They then pick the bike up far enough off of the ground for you to easily do the work you need to do. They are compact and easy to store. You can even store your bike on them and engage a special lock to prevent possible theft.

  • Floor Jacks

These devices are commonly manufactured with wheels that make them easy to move around a shop or garage. They are easy to operate and can be manipulated in tight areas.

  • Stands

A bike stand assists you in raising the motorcycle to a comfortable level to work on. They are also used when you are transporting the bike.

  • Hydraulic Lifts

These devices use a combination of air and hydraulic fluid. The lift does all of the work and it uses air to lift up the weight of the bike. The hydraulic fluid is used to make the lifting smoother. It takes very little effort to operate one of these devices.

  • Air Lifts

These work in the same manner as the hydraulic systems. Compressed air is used to pick the bike up and maintain it at a level that makes it easier for you to work on the machine.

  • Mechanical Lifts

These devices are actually manually worked with a lever. They do easily lift the bike with very little effort on your part.

  • Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts resemble a pair of scissors when the mechanism that does the picking up is opening and closing.

  • Bottle Jacks

Bottle jacks are hydraulic pistons that are compact and very easy to use. If you combine the power of a bottle jack with the stability of a stand you will get the most assistance and safety.


Final Note


When you are buying a lift, you have to weigh all of the benefits each one has to offer. You want a tool that provides great stability and balance to your machine. You want something easy to operate, budget-friendly, and easy to store when not in use.

If you are looking for a scissor lift with a great amount of stability, we suggest the Orion Motor Tech Dilated Scissor Lift Jack. It can lift and support between 1,000 and 1200 pounds.

If you are looking for a stand that will raise and protect your bike, we suggest the XKMT-Heavy Duty Steel Adjustable Center Stand. It is made of heavy-duty steel and works with a wide variety of bike styles.

Alston Seymour
 

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