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    Picking Up a Dropped Bike

    I haven't tried this yet and I'd like to know if anyone has any experience of picking up their bike? Harleys tend to weigh quite a bit and can't be just picked up by most people, what are the best techniques for picking bikes up?

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    Harleys are definitely heavy and there is need to be careful when attempting this. I do not know much about lifting them but I think it is important to check that the engine has been switched off. I will be glad to hear of any tips.

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    Most people have a problem with this. I have heard that it is better to use your legs than your back and ensure that the bike is in gear (this will prevent the bike from rolling forward or backward when it is being lifted).

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    I've also heard it's best to use your legs though I've never actually seen someone attempt to do it. Think a lot depends on just how heavy your bike is tbh. Just be sensible with your back whatever you're lifting.

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    I recall seeing a training video where a tiny lady picked up a huge Harley by herself. She put her back to the bike and squatted down.
    She made it look easy....


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    Bill is right. It's all about form!

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    In my motorcycle class they said

    With it off and in gear
    Standing on the dropped side, grab the handle bars and turn The bar, i believe towards the ground, may need to turn the other way either instead or also. This should be enough to get the bike high enough to get it up your self

    Women are supposed to be able to do this but facing a way and lifting it by pushing your back into the bike. Then doing the squats up.

    Never seen it. I do know this technique works with an iron head. However they are super top heavy. The newer bikes should be easy by comparison. The center of grav is lower now.




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    One of the most often overlooked points of picking up a dropped bike happens in the planning stages. Especially when a bike is napping on its right hand side. Put the kick stand (OK, Jiffy stand to you old schoolers) BEFORE trying to pick up the bike.


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    We use to have a dealer night/ garage night and we would teach people to pick up a dropped motorcycle.

    As stated... first calm yourself or your going to hurt yourself. Before trying to pick up the bike, if the bike is not in gear you need to try if possible to put it in gear with out burning yourself on any exhaust or engine components.

    The reason for doing that is so the bike will not roll when you lift it. Then being careful not to cause more damage to front forks or the fender you want to turn the handle bar to a full left or right position. While holding it in that position, turn around and place your Butt on the edge of the seat. Facing away from the MC, with your left hand firmly place on some rigid part of the rear of the motorcycle and your front hand grasping the handle bar in a fully left or right position locked. Then using your legs, walk backwards making sure to keep your feet firmly planted as you walk backwards. Once them MC is up right, and balanced, maneuver your self to place the jiffy/kickstand down if its not already and set the bike on its stand

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