Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
Model: 1996 Aspencade with a Friendship 3 sidecar & 1997 Valkyrie
Something else to consider...I used to work at a motorcycle shop. We had two Handys and three off-brands. Not Harbor Freights, but they looked just like them. Keeping in mind that these were used all day, every day, we refilled the hydraulic fluid on the cheap ones a couple times a year. The fluid wouldn't leak out, but would leak past the seals. Sometimes it would act as was described above, and other times it wouldn't drop all the way down, especially if it didn't have weight on it. For example, when you raised it to clean the floor below. We'd drain the oil and refill them and they'd work fine.
We'd do the same thing to the Handys, but only as a preventative. If a Handy gets low, it will "jump" as it fills.
Speaking of lifts; Does anyone have experience with tying two air operated ones together? Running both cylinders off of a single valve? My son thinks I should get a second one so I can lift the sidecar bike without taking off the car.
A motorcycle is like a cast iron skillet, it mellows with age, wash it and you destroy years of seasoning!
The Mistress, 1996 Aspencade & Sidecar 1997 Valkyrie, the Borderline Outlaw