How many times have you taken your bike to a shop for a relatively easy repair? As they load your bike on the lift and raise it to a comfortable working height, you think to yourself, "If I had a lift like that I could fix the bike myself and save some cash." Then, as you start to think about the logistics of having a lift sitting in the middle of your garage taking up precious space and how often you'd really use it, you end up talking yourself out of buying one. We've been going through the same dilemma for quite some time, but we recently found a solution to our lift and space needs with Kendon Industries' Stand Up Cruiser Lift. With its stand-up trailers and stand-up lifts, Kendon has the market cornered on space-saving equipment for motorcycle enthusiasts. Kendon has been making its stand-up lifts for quite some time. However, the company just recently redesigned its cruiser lift--and with a price tage of only $600, it's a no-brainer.
The major difference between the older cruiser lift and this new one is the scissor section (the section that actually raises the lift off the ground). The older model had a scissor section made of rounded tubing. The engineers at Kendon found that by making the scissor section out of rectangular tubing they could cut production costs and still have a lift as dependable and more stable than the older model. The folding tail section of the lift makes it possible to stand the lift on its two rubber wheels and roll it to wherever you need it.
The cruiser lift measures 27 inches wide and 8 feet long (6 feet long when the tail section is folded). So even if you use it frequently and decide not to stand it up in a corner somewhere, it still takes up less room than most other motorcycle lifts. But if you do need to roll it out of the way, the entire lift only weighs 150 lbs--you just need to pick up one side to move it. For those longer bikes, Kendon also offers a chopper lift.
When you're ready to use the lift, simply unfold the tail section and slide the ramp in. Before rolling the bike onto the lift, make sure the wheel chock is in the open position (rotated toward the tail section of the ramp). Then roll the bike up the ramp with the front wheel lined up between the two side rails. Push the bike forward until the front wheel hits the wheel chock and rotate it into the locked position.