I call the Dustriders Motorcycle Hoist my Ten Pounds of Confidence…and it’s worth every cent I spent on it. It retails for $270, which may sound like a lot for such a simple piece of equipment but it has paid for itself; two events of road service miles from anywhere would certainly have cost more.
I learned on a lonely mountain road in Eastern Oregon that I could not lift my V-Strom by myself. I had watched those videos of small women lifting large bikes and believed I would be able to lift mine should that become necessary. But sitting by the bike I’d dropped while executing a U-turn in gravel, I realized that lifting my top-heavy bike in the gravel was quite a different matter from righting a cruiser on a surface with good traction. As an avowed solo rider, coming face-to-face with such a critical personal limitation really shook me, so I was thrilled when I heard about this hoist.
The hoist comes with a sturdy carry case; mine has traveled over 5000 miles lashed to a pannier and has faded a bit but shows no other wear. It assembles quickly; tube ends slide over the ends of adjacent sections in less time than it takes to get the hoist out of its case. It is not suitable for purposes like lifting one end of your bike in order to change a tire because it will not hold the bike stable on one wheel. However, I do use it to lift the rear of my 730-pound Ural (with a sidecar) about 2½” off the ground in order to lower its center stand.
The hoist is simple to operate. I had not practiced using it before I hooked a tent pole while riding my Suzuki V-Strom 650 into the garage of my Lone Rider Mototent and dropped my bike against the tent’s outer panel. Unzipping the panel created a narrow gap to slip the hoist through, but I had to position it by feel. Fortunately, I had previously figured out where I could attach the hoist’s hook to the bike, so working blind was no problem. A You Tube video in which the man demonstrating the hoist appeared to be straining as he ratcheted had made me wonder whether I had sufficient strength to do a lift. But even under these sub-optimal conditions, I raised the 500-pound bike without difficulty.
The second time the hoist saved the day was after a drop in deep gravel that resulted in a sprained knee and ankle. I was unable to stand, but I could reach the hoist from where I sat so I assembled and positioned it while I moaned, and began the lift in that position. Once I had raised the bike a couple inches, its weight held the hoist in place and I was able scoot away from the bike and use the hoist to support a one-legged struggle to my feet, then complete the lift. I was back on the road twenty minutes after going down.
The hoist is available through ADV Motorad, at https://www.advmotorrad.com/dustriders-motorcycle-hoist.