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Question Lifting a motorcycle

Some of you may have seen my previous threads regarding this - I have purchased a bike lift and am very happy with it and use it regularily, even for just cleaning the wheels.

As this is a new bike and I am still at the stage where if a fly lands on it I get upset (those of you who have saved up 's for years to purchase a bike will know what I mean!) I am wondering if I am being a little over cautious with the lifting:

Instead of just putting the lift under the bike and lifting it up, I always ensure that there is some 'chocks' under the frame so that the bike is actually lifted on / by the frame.

Those of you that have tried to lift a Street will know what I mean when I say that if I just put the lift under the bike it will lift the bike by the engine.

So the question is, am I being over cautious and does it damage the bike / strain the mounting bolts, by lifting the bike by the engine and perhaps using the 'chocks' is the best method or can the bike be lifted by the engine?

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Couple of pieces of timber and lift the bike using the frame cradle is the way to go for the reasons you mention.
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I used a piece of wood to avoid scratching the frame. Never had a problem. Make sure the jack sticks out a little on both sides. This way you have full contact with the frame.
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