Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: West Des Moines, IA
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There is a good trick to pick up a bike that is laying down that doesn't use as much muscle and I've known some rather petite girls able to pick up even a Gold Wing using that trick. Never use your arms or back to lift. Only use your legs. There are plenty of videos on YouTube for this and even one or two on the forum I think so please search. In brief:
-If the bike is down on the right side put the side stand out first, if it's down on the left side you'll have to lift it first to get the side stand out.
-Turn the handlebars to the stop on the side that is down.
-Put your butt against the rider's saddle, you may have to squat to do this, and place one hand on the lower side handlebar grip and the other hand on the passenger grip (molded recess under plastic next to pillion).
-Keeping both arms straight (don't lift with your arms) and your back straight (don't lift using your back either), use your legs to push back against the saddle and the bike will lift up straight. Lift it slowly and intentionally.
-If it was down on the left side you'll have to put the side stand out when the bike is up enough to do so, being careful not to let the bike go too far to the right and fall over that way. If it was down on the right side the side stand should already be out and you just let the bike ease over onto the side stand.
Doing this you should be able to lift ANY bike that is laying on its side. I found it actually easy to lift a 1000 lb Gold Wing (loaded with fuel and baggage). Your legs are many times stronger than any other part of you. I do recommend every one who hasn't done this at least once should. Put down some padding, cardboard, or other, in the lawn (more padding needed if you don't have grass on which to do this) and gently lay the bike on its side. Then practice lifting using the above method. A very good idea to have someone with you who can assist and spot you and the bike the first time you try, and don't do this on a hill until you know how to do it.
prior and current bikes:
1973 Harley Davidson 125 dual sport- sold
1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 750- sold
1990 Honda Gold Wing GL1500- sold
2005 Suzuki Burgman 650- traded
1998 Honda ST1100- sold
2014 Honda CTX1300A (U.S.A. Ion Blue Deluxe)-sn: 489- primary transportation
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
Yep, that lone state of Maine is where I owned my first mc.