Three Great Ways to Lift a Motorcycle – That you don’t already know!

Three Great Ways to Lift a Motorcycle – That you don’t already know!


Oh monkey whether you’re a professional
rider an amateur rider or weekend rider at some point very likely your
bike can end up in this position so picking them up is kind of a key a lot
of us have already seen a method where people put their back to the bike I want
to show you something different this one focuses on the lower body straight back
and is a great way to lift the bike solo what I’m going to do is find to lock in
points down low where I can walk into my arms are straight but press my chest up
against the seat here too what I’m going to do is drive my my force or my feet so
I’m going straight across the bike I’m not trying to lift up I’m trying to go
across and that will leverage the bike up this bike is roughly 600 pounds once
the bike is that position it’s very easy to balance it so the side stand down and
we’re in good shape now I have to admit this bikes cheating just a little bit
but because of these large cylinder heads these boxes the bike lays over it
only a shallow angle this bike on the other hand this is an F 800 and it lays
all the way flat to the ground handlebars to the ground so another way
to do this particular lift is to not actually have your knees come off the
ground very good in super loose situations where you have very loose
gravel sand or mud also for shorter riders trying to pick up tall bikes we
use the same exact technique finding two places down below to walk out so my arms
are straight and locked out my chest is going to press in here but i’ma continue
pushing into the bike with my chest but without trying to stand up by doing this I’m supporting the bike
with my body I keep my back straight and I use far less energy and far less
muscle to get this bike up that’s a great way to pick it up solo but there’s
an easier and safer way to do this and that’s if you have a passenger or a
partner that can help you out so this next lift we’re going to put this down
and try one more time with a buddy left so this lift is called the monkey lift
so what you need is another person we call down the monkey because of the way
that they hang off of the bike so if you come over here what they’re going to do
is they’re going to put their feet up on the rim here and grab someplace secure
on the bike that’s not hot she’s got to hang as far outside the
bike as possible she’s creating a counterweight effect here what is very
important for the helper to understand is he’s going to remain in this position
all the way until she touches the ground with her rear end because this lift is
so easy how many use a different lift here and just use the outer handlebar to
scan the bike up and keeping my back straight when I lift
she stays straight all the way to the ground this is the most effective and
the safest two-person lift out there you

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  1. this only works if the bike is inclined
    if its flat on the ground it wont work
    also you had better be careful not to over push and have it fall over the other way

  2. Game changer for when you own a bigger bike. Great explanation, very informative. Enjoy the different techniques.

  3. finally someone talks sense here. fed up watching goldwings and harleys with mile long crash bars that are not further than kickstand when dropped and how-to silly videos picking them up.
    thanks guys
    thumbs up

  4. Wondered why this would be easier, since you are still using your quads and glutes to lift … but then realized by kneeling on the ground, you are basically subtracting much of your body weight from the lift, and putting all the power into lifting the bike. Depending on your size, you might be lifting considerably less weight.

  5. Hi Bret!
    You make such fantastic material so I kind of hesitate to comment on this one little detail:-)
    The last option when she grabs the bike and sits down with straight legs I see a potential bone crusher situation if the bike tips to her side.
    It’s not too likely but she looked a bit vulnerable.

    Take care!!

  6. Saw & watched a couple of your videos, looks fairly advanced and very informative and educational.
    I'd like to learn more, subscribed!

  7. From experience that extra space and angle from just the side boxes can make it a lot easier… at least on my bike

  8. I’m thinking both of those were your low on the bike you do stand the risk of losing your footing or slipping and having the bike flatten you out or flip over and land on your monkey partner breaking both of their legs

  9. Good techniques. I do have some concerns. The first two techniques of reaching under a bike like that may not be possible if the engine is hot. Also, being on your knees facing the bike during lifting doesn’t allow for a hasty retreat should the bike should teeter and then fall back towards you. The last technique exposes your assistant to having the bike fall directly on them if the bike should continue and then fall over center. Just some things to think about.

  10. A caveat. Story goes a fellow asked for help with a monkey-lift. Worked great, had a few laughs, coffee, then a romance, traveled, married, bought a house, tumultuously divorced, lost the house, the man cave and all the motorcycles . . . no bikes left to drop or lift. Metaphor? Perhaps . . .

  11. Have you considered one main reason why the bike is down is because it has been dropped at speed. Then lifting the bike would need to be done with probably a minor injury to the knees and elbows.
    Apply this scenario to the lift and see what you come up with.

  12. Great techniques, never saw any of those before and I’m old. Ok, so what’s your equally practical advice for dealing with the kickstand on a right side fall, up or down slope terrain, etc?

  13. Nice! I’m an older rider (62 y/o) and have never seen either of these lifting techniques before. I’ve always been successful lifting with my legs, back to the bike, even one time where I dropped my 700 lb FJR1300 on a sloped driveway where the wheels ended up above the rest of the bike. But that was on pavement where I could get good traction with my feet. I can see where lifting from your knees would be beneficial in looser footing situations. Having a monkey to counterbalance would be great, but honestly you can’t always count on having someone else around. Being self sufficient and capable of getting it back up yourself is a requirement in my books.

  14. A much better way than putting you back into it. (That way never really got around to when the bike is truly down)

  15. I see it works for lower cg bikes, show us how to do that with a full dressed bagger on loose or muddy grounds……

  16. You were really trusting that dirt to be solid when you put the kickstand down huh? If I did that around here I'd have ended up with a bike on my ankle

  17. Why is it all demos of picking up a fallen motorcycle are on kickstand side? I’m thinking 50% chance falling on the side where the demonstrator says, “Now, just put down the stand”. Just asking?

  18. It may be all well and good. I have lifted mine when on a hard surface, But, it isnt as easy when the grass is super wet, it is soft mud below the bike, the ground is sloping with the wheels going higher up the hill and the side bags do not support any part of it. get part way up and feet slip straight out again. and down it falls. yes help is one way, and another is to make the ground less slippery by placing twigs or other material on the ground so just as when the wheels touch the ground, woops, out go your feet. thank sfor your video

  19. I was waiting for the second bike to over balance with the great big boulder perfectly positioned to cushion the bikes tumble where the tank would land… But great tips nonetheless. Thank you.

  20. I thought this was going to be a “Trunk Monkey” type of commercial…. I feel like I’ve been click baited.

    PS. Buying a bike that you can’t easily lift when loaded, is foolishness. I had an 86 Interceptor 750…. easy to lift.

  21. Thank you, thank you, thank you. My bike weighs 750 lbs and I have lifted it the wrong way (lucky I didn’t hurt myself)!

  22. Great video and channel. Have you tried this method with a bike that has no hard panniers? Is there a risk of dropping the bike on your partner of you overdo it?

  23. All this videos on pic up you´re bike, always shows the perfect circumstances and if they are, I also can lift a heavy bike up (a GS 1200 easy). But when I´m riding and fall over it´s never like in this videos. I don´t have a boxer motor, I have a Safari tank on (high center of gravity) and soft panniers. When I drop the bike it´s seem like it´s always with the wheels in the air, more upside down then up, and the surface is lose gravel or sand. It´s slippery for both my feet and the wheels, the handle bar is buried deep down the surface, I´m alone, the wheels is on the higher end of the roadeside so you don´t have any help from the nature and so forth. And I never carry a jack or a winch!

  24. And when you half way lifting your bike find out it’s still to heavy you’ll be squashed under it. Same as the monkey, when when the lifting person loses control the monkey has her legs squashed.

  25. FYI, I watched this originally when it came out in 2017, and two years later (it's now Nov 2019) remembered this video and was able to use the second method to lift my Versys X300 after dropping it while backing off of my porch. The drop was only 8", but I'm only 5'4", so when I was a little off-balance and stalled mid-way, I had no footing. It was a slow but awkward dismount, but luckily we landed on soft lawn instead of concrete or rocks. I don't have the upper body strength of guys, and my knees are shot, so the butt back and leg lift method doesn't work for me. But using that first method gave me a LOT of leverage without stress on my knees or back. I was able to lift the bike using a lot less energy than expected! Granted, I bought the X300 because it was the smallest, lightest adventure bike at the time, and I wanted to learn how to ride on dirt tracks. Now feel more confident knowing I can pick it up on my own if another unfortunate dismount occurs. Thanks for the great lessons on this channel!

  26. There I was, stuck in mud up to the swingarm, bike slowly falling over on top of me as I stood stuck in the mud next to it. The dark realization hit me that with my terrible footing I would not be able to keep the bike up with strength alone, and I became worried. Then I remembered this video and gave up trying to lift it, but rather leaned into it with all my weight and pushed. Up it went and I was spared laying in mud under my bike. Thanks!

  27. 1:02 to 1:10 Shit…I wish I would have thought of this two morning ago ( facepalm). cb500x 2019 here. And I don't have any luggage boxes either.

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