Thats a good question. I have a M-ATV jack I cannot use it on this bike seems I cant find a good center of balance.
When I borrow my buddies jack (not sure of the brand) I use a couple of 2x4s that are placed under the frame (one on each frame tube) and across the pads of the jack. This has worked well for me on the many occations I have used it.I just canceled a Torin T64017 1500 lb. Motorcycle and ATV Jack
for my new bike because I wasn't sure it was the correct one; the 1100 CC motor casting sticks out slightly below the frame.
I would be interested to know what other members with this model use to service their bikes and where they purchased it; I prefer to shop Online.
I need to be able to get the bike safely higher to get my oil pan underneath it.
After waisting another morning driving a great distance for a motorcycle jack, only to be disappointed again; I found jsjacks.com with a Google search and ordered one of their lifts.After I read a post stating the Sears product worked well, I went out and purchased one. Even on sale, it is considerably more than most I seen so far and it's lifting area is too small; about 1/2" short all around of the minimum needed to lift this bike. I was able to place it in the back of the engine on the frame, not centered enough to lift both wheel off the ground, but it got the bike high enough to put the oil pan underneath.
For a smaller bike with a more narrow frame, it would work well. I plan to return it after this first service and shop for one designed to lift a bike the size of a Star V 1100.
I built this to do an oil change. You need it even to check the oil! That is, unless you have a cooperative wife.It's coming time for my first oil change on my 1100, and I don't think it's going to work very well having my 5-foot tall wife hold the bike up for this lengthy project (no, I don't have an ORK ). Any ideas would be appreciated...
Clever idea. My oil level seems very stable. I've only put 700 miles on the bike so far, and it only has 3000 total. Do they start to burn oil when they get older?bluesjr,
I use a long handle inspection mirror to check the oil level
I have 66k on my 1100 and I ride it not hard but not easy either. I finially had to add some oil just before my last oil change. I think the more hiway miles the more oil the bike will use.I could not tell you when, that is so variable. If you ride civil, key here: keep good and clean oil(filter every time) hard tellin, maybe not in your bikes life that you have it. Sugar Bear has an 82 Virago that don't burn a drop, Yamaha v-twin engines have their + and -, but they are proven and tough, so don't worry about oil burners, that's just me. Ride Safe........
When you have to do EVERYTHING by yourself, it's nice to have a little extra length and width for the lifting pads; it make it much easier to get it where you want it; while your ALSO preventing the 653 pound bike from falling over.BNT I got mine from Sears and its different long enough to go to outside edges of frame, but still had to board it up to lift stable.
Look for a coupon, I use a phone site called Retailmenot , then type in Harbor Freight , you can always find a 20% or better coupon on there.they have hiked the 1500 lb Lift price from 99 USD to 149. Darn