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Old 12-13-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Best Motorcycle Lift?

A new Allegro Bus 45' coach is being built for me by Tiffin. My previous coach was a 40' Tiffin Phaeton and I did not feel comfortable using a motorcycle lift on that unit.

With the new build, it is very capable of handling both a M/C lift and towing my toad.

As I begin my research, it appears that at least 3 worthy competitors are in the market: HydraLift, CruiserLift & Overbilt Lift.

I would love some feedback from any forum members that have experience with M/C lifts.

My M/C is a Harley Ultra Classic and is similar in size and weight to the Honda GoldWing and therefore the lift must be substantial to hold the 800+ lb bike.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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My guess is that folks will recommend the one they have. I think all three will do what you need. I have the CruzerLift and it works fine. It's rated for 1K lbs but think the others are as well. Sure is nice to have the bike along.

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Old 12-13-2014, 05:24 PM   #3
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I have the Hydralift and like its operation. The bike is very stable on it and I've taken it as far as CT to FL without any issue. With the optional chock on it, I can load/unload the bike without assistance. I keep the bike covered with the standard cover and a very large tarp over all that so when I arrive, the bike is as spotless as when I left.
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I don't use a lift but I am thinking about this all aluminum carrier for my GMC 2500 for times when I don't want to take the stacker trailer....just wanted to share this idea.

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Sorry I know this is an old thread but have the same question and wondering if there are any others who care to comment on the subject. I have read in several other threads about lifts . . . sounds like the Hydra Lift is the way to go?
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Sorry I know this is an old thread but have the same question and wondering if there are any others who care to comment on the subject. I have read in several other threads about lifts . . . sounds like the Hydra Lift is the way to go?
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I highly recommend the Hydralift for a couple of reasons. It has the least amount of moving parts. Todays hydraulics are of top notch quality so, leaks are thing of the past. We used our Hydralift for over 8,000 miles with out '08 Honda GL 1800 Goldwing on it and, it performed flawlessly. I've got pics of mounting, operation, the bike, tie downs, added structural component for Goldwing specific tie-down angles and much more. PM me if you'd like to know. I'd be really happy to help.
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We have the Cruiserlift, and it works just fine. It is quite a bit cheaper than the Hydralift. One disadvantage with the Cruiserlift is you cannot open the engine cover while the bike is loaded. You would have to get the bike off the lift, and remove a couple of the supports to get into the engine bay. Hydralift owners can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe with the Hydralift, all you have to do is to lower the bike--still on the lift--and open the engine cover. When done, all you do is raise the bike back up to travel position. As often as we use it, I'll probably sell our lift soon.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:29 AM   #8
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I own a hydralift as I found a price to good to pass on but unfortunately I have Not had time to install it but am anxious to put the golf cart back there and leave the trailer home.
From my earlier research I felt Hydralift was the best unit available . JMO of course
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I use the Overbilt. I agree that most folks like what they have as they chose it. Mine came with the coach, I like it as it works well but mainly because it is easily removed. I don't always want it on as it adds 4' to the coach length; trips to Mexico or when I pull a long pontoon boat for instance. When it is removed there is no trace that it was ever there except for the two receivers under the coach. It takes about 10 minutes to remove with the castering dollys I made.
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I have a cruiser lift on a 43 foot tag axle and tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee behind it. I have mixed feelings. The cruiser lift is a lot cheaper in price and a lot cheaper in the installation. The only thing I can see that could ever go wrong is the 2000 lb. winch which I bought another from Northern tool for about $70.00 so I would never get stuck. You can always find the winches when you don't need them but when you do....where are they. I might try a 2500 lb. winch for a little extra margin in error if it fits. The owner of the business was real nice when I spoke to him but I got a real jerk one time and if I did not have one I probably would not buy one from them. I carried an Ultra Classic for three years and now carry a Road King.

Important things to remember:

1. Always use 8 quality Ancra or Harley tow straps. Carrying an M/C sideways is not the same as carrying it in the same direction as the vehicle. The stopping and going over dips in the road really shake the M/C backwards and forward and you don't have the length and shocks of the M/C to stabilize it.

2. Consider steel rollers on the lowest part of the lift because you will probably drag it threw dips going in and out of parking lots.

3. If you tow a vehicle behind it, you will need an extra long receiver extension and with the Jeep I needed and 8 in riser for the receiver. The receiver on the new hitch is the larger size not the standard receiver square hole. NSA products built one to my specs very reasonably and it works great with their Ready Brute Elite tow bar and braking system combination. I like their system.

4. Be prepared to get on the ground. I carry a large piece of cardboard from a large flat screen TV box to lie on. With the Cruiser Lift and maybe all of them, you cannot lower your M/C carrier with your receiver extension in place. There is also a turn buckle brace that has to be installed from the ground after raising and before lowering your M/C.

5. Always have a spotter when loading the M/C. You have to keep the wheels inside the narrow track and you cannot see your front tire. With the larger Harley tires it is very easy to climb up and over the sides of the track and you will fall over. Don't ask how I know!!

I like carrying my Harley but it is a little extra work. Good luck!
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After a lot of research I added the hydralift to my Travel Supreme Insignia. I am very happy with the operation, simplicity and safety of the unit. The bike sits up out of the way and is very secure. Loading and unloading is easy, even when I am alone.



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After a lot of research I added the hydralift to my Travel Supreme Insignia. I am very happy with the operation, simplicity and safety of the unit. The bike sits up out of the way and is very secure. Loading and unloading is easy, even when I am alone.
Hey wydeglyde,
How about some pics of your new toy. Don't ya just love the dynamics of that Hydralift? When I didn't know anything about M/C lifts on the back of motor homes, the first one I ever saw was an Overbuilt. I thought it was outstanding. That is, until I saw my first Hydralift. From that point on, I knew that if I was ever to purchase a lift for any of my motor homes, it would be the Hydralift.

They can be had for great prices on either ebay or Craigslist. You just have to be ready to jump when they're listed.
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Pics posted above. Sure love having the bike along. With the MH, bike Jeep and bicycles (behind Jeep) I am about 60' long.
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Fire up is one Great Guy that will share his knowledge of installation from his career experience, He sent me reams of info and pictures, I wished he lived next door so I could get off my butt and get mine installed ,with his help it would be a breeze !!!
I'm dreading plunging the holes thru the rear cap for the supports . I did a receiver hitch on a previous rv that the cut out wasn't something I was so proud of , hitch worked great .I'm looking forward to my golf cart on my hydra lift !!!!! You guys are making me Jealous ....
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