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DustRiders makes a portable ratchet strap type hoist for lifting bikes. I carry one on solo off-pavement rides in the backcountry just in case I drop the bike in an awkward position or slippery ground with poor footing.
I've had a couple of back surgeries and don't want another.

I had the DustRiders hoist and it worked well- I demo'd it on my buddies 1150GS and it came right up. Same with my fully loaded DR650. But it was heavy and bulky and usually when it came time to load up the bike, I left it home.

There's another outfit that uses the same idea, but has really streamlined the bulk and weight of their device: Dirtnapper

https://advrider.com/f/threads/dirt-...evice.1288733/

https://www.keithproducts.us/product...-recovery-jack

I tried it with my DR650 and it did the job.

I just went out on a 2 day backcountry ride in Colorado, and had no qualms whatsoever about strapping it on my bike. (Didn't need to use it, so I'm happy about that too.)

Be aware (read the ADVRider thread) that this began as a very small scale manufacturing effort, and the company seems to have trouble keeping up with demand.

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I'm not short on strength and have (many times!) picked up a fully loaded BMW 1200 GSA but it all depends on having the purchase points on a bike.

I dropped my XT660Z Tenere in a gorge I named 'Jaws of Jaffar' which leads to the famous Cirque de Jaffar in Morocco. Even though I unloaded the soft luggage I just couldn't lift it as there was no point low enough at the rear—a taller rider might have managed to get leverage.

No worries—even in the remotest part of Morocco, someone will be along shortly to help, and sure enough a couple of hours later a group of silver-haired French walkers came along the gorge and helped me lift it.

Later I fitted pannier rails and found these made lifting the Tenere child's play.

Jaws of Jaffar (riding a Hondas XR400 a couple of years earlier): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naICBtD6tL8
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...No worries—even in the remotest part of Morocco, someone will be along shortly to help...
Exactly. If your moto falls over, just step off it, vent out your favourite profanities, light up a cigarette, and wait for someone to come along and help you lift it. No need at all to lift the thing up by yourself, or (unless you are going waaaaay off-road) bring along any kind of hoisting device.

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Exactly. If your moto falls over, just step off it, vent out your favourite profanities, light up a cigarette, and wait for someone to come along and help you lift it. No need at all to lift the thing up by yourself, or (unless you are going waaaaay off-road) bring along any kind of hoisting device.

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It's always great when things work out that way, and they do, often.

There are lots of places where I don't find that to be a great strategy, though.



Didn't see another vehicle all day. Peru.

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Exactly. If your moto falls over, just step off it, vent out your favourite profanities, light up a cigarette, and wait for someone to come along and help you lift it. No need at all to lift the thing up by yourself, or (unless you are going waaaaay off-road) bring along any kind of hoisting device.

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In many parts of the US no one will stop. How often do you stop to help someone who appears to have broken down? My car died outside Vaughn NM. Lucky me, I told the 3 little kids to get out of the car and play next to the fence. Gentleman drives by sees the kids, and felt safe enough to stop and gave a lift into town. The most most kids I ever carried on my bike was two, and that was only a short ride in town. Probably would not have been enough to get help.
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I saw a video once, of an older rider (in his 70s) with a very clever solution. He had a collapsible pole type thing that would fit or screw into a hardpoint on the frame - then he could lever the bike upright with ease!
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Linda is about 5 foot nothing, her hair tells her age, and she picks up her DR with ease.
The pipe goes into a socket clamped to the frame. Can't remember if it's on both sides or just one.
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Bike Lifters

I am unable to lift my '16 Africa Twin by myself these days, if it topples over. I have discovered (thanks to a comment by Grant) that there is a lifting device you can carry, that will enable you to get the bike upright. Look for Grant's suggestion regarding the device and where you can obtain it if you wish to go down that path. The website is 'eastbound.' I think they are in Holland. I bought one recently but have not had to use it yet.
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If you watch this video, you'll know you can carry the entire contents of any random bike accessory catalog (and the catalog itself, in order to order more stuff...) on your Euro-bomber worry-free. Just like a Land Rover with a winch, but different

Lifting of a big F800GSA by a small woman!
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chris, that's the one Fernbrook and I mentioned, and it's excellent. They make some other really nice stuff too. I have their tire changing kit as well, and it can shares parts with the jack if you want to go as light as possible.

https://eastbound.shop
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chris, that's the one Fernbrook and I mentioned, and it's excellent. They make some other really nice stuff too. I have their tire changing kit as well, and it can shares parts with the jack if you want to go as light as possible.

https://eastbound.shop
Good that there's now a link to the promo video on this thread.

When I drop my bike, I'll stick to lifting it myself (assisted by not carrying the entire catalog of random stuff you'll never need, including winches), riding a fit for purpose bike, removing luggage if I must, or asking friends, passers by or other road users for help.

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