Safety and main­te­nance

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORK SHOP -

A bike lift shouldn’t re­ally re­quire too much owner in­put but it pays to make the oc­ca­sional checks. Mount­ing bolts and fix­ings need to be se­cure and it’ll never hurt to oil the pivot points. Any sign of oil leak­age from the hy­draulics should be in­ves­ti­gated im­me­di­ately. No one wants a bike land­ing on them from three feet high! Al­ways use the turn screws to pre­vent the lift be­ing in­ad­ver­tently moved across the floor and use the sta­biliser bars at max­i­mum span for added sta­bil­ity. The ta­ble lock­ing bar should al­ways be used, even on a five-minute job; hy­draulic rams rarely fail but when they do your hands and feet don’t want to be in the vicin­ity! If the lift is be­ing used where it is damp, lower the bench so that the ram body is pro­tected from po­ten­tial cor­ro­sion, or you end up with a dam­aged seal or fluid leaks. Fi­nally, don’t trust a bike to sit on a raised bench un­se­cured. Nu­mer­ous unhappy own­ers have turned their backs for a sec­ond or opened a shed door the next morn­ing to find a bike that has fallen off a bike lift. A pair of tie downs is re­ally cheap in­sur­ance when com­pared to re­pair­ing a dented NOS tank!

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