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On several of my old bikes I was able to lift the entire bike with one of those "Sears" $129.00 dollar jacks. (they are cheaper now). I used a plate across the lifting arms, about 16" square, rolled it under the 4 exhaust pipes, balanced and tied the bike down, and pressed on the footpump and the bike came right up. The plate distributed the weight against all the pipes. Never had a problem. So easy to work on now.

Has anyone tried this ? I also did it with my Concours but had to modify the plate for different heights. I just don't want to crush the pipes on a $13,000 machine.
 

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I don't remember anyone lifting the entire bike this way - I don't think the pipes could take that sort of pressure.

Many of us have lifted the front only with a floor jack on the pipes, timber placed across them to distribute the weight (me included) but I opted for this method:

http://www.fjr1300.info/howto/bikestand.html

The other way has been to use two of these pipe stands:

http://www.fjr1300.info/howto/frontstand.html

Hope this helps - and welcome to the madhouse
 

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I wouldnt lift the bike by the pipes as you dont know what damage the bike will suffer?
Can you make the lifting dolly fit on to the frame?
 
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