How to Build a Motorcycle Lift and Table Lift

A motorcycle lift table is a table meant and designed to handle motorcycles. They are basically meant to lift them off the ground, so that the mechanic does not have a problem repairing or checking a vehicle. Owners would most probably swear by this for dealing with any problem in the motorcycle or simply cleaning it. These are generally made of steel and are powered by air or hydraulic cylinders. The lift powered by hydraulic cylinders is called a hydraulic motorcycle lift. These lifts can typically handle a load of 680 kg.

Building a Motorcycle Lift Table
You need: Electric drill, Pencil, ruler, hand saw, pipe wrench, hammer, drill bits, galvanized thread pipe, pipe flange, bolts, and wood
Before you commence the building, you need to make space in your garage to fit your lift there.
Then, begin with marking on an 8 inch wide side of a 4 x 8 x 3 inch piece of wood. The mark should be around 3½ inches from the end, and has to be at the center line of the wood.
Now, where you have made the mark, drill a hole through it. Remember that the hole needs to be drilled through that part of the wood which is 4 inch thick. You would most probably need a paddle bore drill bit for this.
Next, insert a piece of pipe flange in the drilled hole. Then, mark four locations for lag bolts on the piece of wood using a pencil and ruler.
Drill each of the bolt locations. This will make the placing of lag bolts easier than drilling the bolt locations.
Now, screw the lag bolts in their respective positions. Have a socket wrench at your disposal, as you would need a socket wrench for fastening the bolts properly.
Once done, insert the galvanized pipe through the hole, thread that with the pipe flange. Then use a pipe wrench to tighten the screws.
Building a Motorcycle Lift
You need: Electric drill power, saw, pencil, tape measure, 1″ paddle bit, 3/16 wood drill bit, small pipe wrench, 6′ 2 x 8 Pine, 4 x 1″ Galvanized pipe, 1″ Galvanized pipe flange, 3′ x 7½” – ½plywood, 10 – 3″ flat head screws, hammer, Straight edge and two 3¼ inch nails
First use a straight edge, and saw your 6 inch piece of lumber in half. That will give you two 3 centimeter pieces.
Now taking the 2 pieces, lay the plywood on top of the first and second on top of that.
Then screw all of them together, and it will be better if they are tacked with nails.
Using drill bit, drill and swagger holes up and down the length of the 2 x 8 block of wood. Do not get too close to either the bottom, top, or the middle. Have 10 pre-drilled holes for the ten 3 inch x 5/16 flat head screws.
Now identify the center of the 2 x 8 (3 -3/4 inch) and measuring a 3½ inch from the side of the 2 x 8 make ‘a dot’ or an ‘X’. Next drill straight in with your paddle bit.
Take your pipe flange, countersunk, and insert it in the hole, indicating drill holes using a pencil. For preventing shiners, drill in a 20 to 30 degree angle away from the hole.
Tap 3/4 inch pipe in the inch hole till it gets to the flange. Then let the pipe wrench be tightened.
Now for operating the lift, insert the lift beneath the engine. Then hold your bike straight with your left hand and leave the kickstand suspended outwards. Pushing your lift handle rearward and downward, check your bike. There! Your bike is ready to get serviced and repaired.

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Automatic Transmission Motorcycles

Generally, you will observe that most people who want to learn how to ride a motorbike mainly worry about the gear changing task. If you are one of them, auto-transmission can solve your problem. As the name suggests, these are motorbikes that do not include the standard gear transmission setup that also involves a clutch. These non-geared motorbikes are the best choice for people who want to learn how to ride, or even for those who do not want to worry about changing gears while riding.

Honda DN-01
The Honda DN-01 is a cruiser manufactured by Honda that was made available for commercial use in 2009. This is one of the best auto-transmission motorbikes available in the market to be ridden on roads. It has a liquid-cooled 680 cc V-twin 8 valve engine, with a 43.3 bhp. It reaches a speed of 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and tops the speed at 113.1 mph. It is fitted with the revolutionary Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which is referred to by the manufacturers as “Human Friendly Transmission”. The latest price reported is around USD 15,600. With a total fuel capacity of 4.0 gallons, it gives about 42.3 mpg.

Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS
The Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS is a naked bike produced by Aprilia, an Italian motobike manufacturing giant. It is incorporated with a 839.3 cc V-twin 4T engine that generates 76 bhp. This bike has three riding settings, viz., sport, touring, and rain. When the motorbike is ridden in Sport mode, you get full power and torque available with the utmost engine braking. When on Touring mode, all high-powered settings are turned down to those that contribute to better fuel efficiency. When Rain mode is activated, the overall torque is decreased by 25%. The rider can also shift to manual transmission and change gears using the pedal or handlebar control. The fuel tank of the Aprilia Mana 850 has a capacity of 16 liters.

Honda VFR1200F DCT
This is a sports bike from Honda which can be used for touring purposes too. Its production started in October 2009. It comes with a 1,237 cc SOHC V4 engine which produces a substantial 170 bhp. It uses the automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology. There are three riding modes, viz., D, S, and Manual. The D mode runs the motorcycle in the maximum fuel efficiency setting, whereas the S mode automatically changes gears at higher engine speeds. When on the Manual mode, the rider can change gears using paddles located on the handlebars. Other impressive features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Combined Braking System (CBS), which activates both front and rear brakes simultaneously for efficient braking. Its mileage is believed to be around 44 mpg.

Ridley Motorcycle Company
Apart from these motorbikes from reputed brands, you can also find motorbikes from the not-so-well-known but good companies, such as Ridley Motorcycle. This is a private company that is into the production of auto-transmission motorbikes located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Models from this company are Speedster, Auto-Glide Chopper, Auto-Glide Sport, Auto-Glide Trike, and Auto-Glide TT.

The history of motorcycles proves that these two-wheeled beasts have come a long way from the last century, and auto-transmission motorbikes is something that has evolved over time. These machines are most appropriate for experiencing bike riding without the need for changing gears.

Check Engine light

For vehicles made after 1996, retrieving the codes of the check engine light in your dash panel is simple. All you need to do is find your diagnostic connector located under the dash by the driver side. You can then hook up a scanner and the codes will be displayed for you. If you don’t have any scanner like most drivers, you can bring your vehicle to any local automotive parts store and they will usually scan the codes FREE for you. However, for vehicles made on or before 1995, there is only one cheap way to get it: You do it yourself!

On board diagnostic (OBD) was designed on vehicles equipped with electronic fuel injection so you can generally retrieve the codes yourself. No need buying a scanner or running to any parts stores to check the engine light. This system is called obd1 and applies to most vehicles made before 1995 for domestics and 1993 on imports. In this article, I will discuss the methods used by domestic vehicle manufacturers on how to check the engine light codes in their cars and trucks.

For GM domestic vehicles made before 1995, the diagnostic connector is located under the dash panel by the driver side. To get the check engine codes to flash in your dash panel, use a jumper wire or a paper clip and connect terminals A and B of the diagnostic connector. Turn your ignition key on with engine off and the codes should start to blink. All codes should start with code 12 which is one long flash followed by 2 short flashes. This code 12 means the diagnostic system is normal and will repeat itself continuously if there are no trouble codes. Otherwise, code 12 will flash 3 times before flashing the fault codes.

Ford owners can check their check engine light using the diagnostic connector located at the engine compartment by the fender near the battery. Getting the obd1 codes need a couple of tools: a 4 inch long gage 16 jumper wire and a 12 volt test light.
Both tools are hooked up to the diagnostic connector and when the ignition key is turned on (without starting engine) the codes will begin to flash in the test light, not in the dash panel. If there is no code, you will normally get code 11 or 111. On Fords, there are 2 test modes, the KOEO (key on engine off) and the KOER (key on engine running). Both test modes should be used to get the accurate evaluation of the stored fault codes.

Of all the 3 domestic vehicles, the easiest method to check the engine light is Chrysler products. Why? Because all you need is to turn the ignition key on and off a within 5 seconds and the codes will start to flash in the dash panel.

Counting the codes being flashed is almost the same for these 3 domestic vehicles and most of the codes can be erased or cleared by disconnecting the battery negative terminal for 1 minute and reconnect. Just make sure to check your service manual in case you have electronic equipment such as radio or clock that needs reprogramming in which battery disconnection is not recommended. Finally after performing repairs on the culprit code, always go for a road test to confirm if the problem is fixed