help!!! how to pick up my 369 pound bike after I have lay it down

I have dropped my crusier and have not been able to pick it up with out help, I'm now terrifed that I might drop it when there is no one around to help me get it back up any tips on how best to lift it

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Mar 16, 2012
Sadly, practice
by: Dawn

I've been there... most of us have. My bike weighs 425 and I can (and have) picked it up all by myself from the ground. It's all in the technique. Watch the videos on you tube, and if you have someone to spot you, practice picking it up.

I dropped mine a couple times and had help, but I was nervous I would be stuck, just like you, so I watched the video and had the hubby lay it down gently on the garage floor and practiced picking it up until I could do it without help.

And I agree with the other poster. ENGINE GUARDS. They make a world of difference. Much easier to get it to rock up when it's not all the way on the ground.

Mar 14, 2012
Be sure to flip your kickstand "down" first!
by: Angie

If your bike drops over on it's right side, be sure you flip the kickstand "down" first. If you don't, then you'll be holding it up from the right side after it's been uprighted and you'll be stuck there unless you can mount it from the right side. The problem with doing that is that most people (I believe) mount their bike from the left side and so aren't used to getting on from the right side and it'll be easy to get off balance as you swing your leg over and then drop it over on the left side in the process, thus repeating the problem! I learned this one the hard way! I didn't drop it again, but sure found myself in an awkward position! My bike weighs 850 lbs (1700 Kaw Vulcan), I'm 5'7", 150 lbs and was able to lift it up by myself using the technique described by others below. It's crazy how much leverage you can get by backing into it and using your legs to lift and not your arms. Good luck!

Mar 14, 2012
go to your local HD dealer
by: Shelly

Your local harley davidson dealer will be having garage parties this time of year where they will teach you to lift a bike using the method described in the earlier posts. It can be done, I've done it!

Mar 13, 2012
Dropped bike
by: Deeann

It really helps if you have a crash guard on your bike because it will be higher off the ground when you go to lift it. A bike that's flat on the ground will be harder to lift.

Mar 13, 2012
Picking up bike
by: Joan

I agree with what has already been said. Here's a website that shows illustrations on how to pick up a bike. Hopefully it will help. http://roadstarclinic.com/content/view/82/123/

If you find it too difficult to do, just wait until someone comes along to help. I dropped mine once at an intersection. The guy in the car behind me hopped out and asked if I needed help in picking it back up and I gladly accepted his offer! He also waited until I started the bike up and took off before leaving to make sure everything was ok.

Mar 13, 2012
Been there
by: Kow what you mean.


Move the handle to its locked position. Turn off the ignition and fuel lever. Put the motorcycle into gear, so the gears and wheels won't move when you lift the motorcycle.

Check the ground. Loose gravel, mud or a nearby slope can cause you to lose your footing and get pinned by the bike. If the situation is precarious, find someone to help you lift the motorcycle to prevent further damage.

Locate the central point of motorcycle and prepare to lift from here as this will minimize the lifting force you need to lift the motorcycle. This way you can avoid placing extreme pressure on your spine.

Face away from the motorcycle, then step back until you are almost touching the bike. Sit down on the motorcycle seat, but in such a way as if you are going to push up on the seat. Keeping your back and head straight, place your feet flat on the ground and keep your feet about 12 inches apart. Bend your knees slightly, to get them ready to push up.

Place an underhand grip on the handle and place your other hand somewhere on the motorcycle frame. Avoid gripping the exhaust pipe or other hot areas of the motorcycle. Try to keep wrists straight and keep them balanced.

Push the weight of the motorcycle up with your legs by lifting and taking small steps backward as you lift slowly and smoothly. Keep your legs bent and use their strength, not your back. Avoid using hard jerky movements when lifting or you can cause severe injuries to your back or wrists.

Open the side standing lever to park the bike once you have finished lifting it.

If you still have problems call the Police, or if you are in a dangerious situatuation with traffic leave the bike and call the Police.

Read more: How to Lift a Motorcycle Safely | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7510476_lift-motorcycle-sfely.html#ixzz1p13mBRW8

Mar 13, 2012
You can do it
by: Jenn

There is a You Tube video that shows you how to lift it by placing your rear end on the seat & walking back until it's righted. I have yet to try it since I don't want to drop my 600 lb bike on purpose, but it looks like it would work.

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