If this helps, then it helps. I bought a bike lift from Sam's Warehouse back in 2001 a little after I had bought my first Harley. I changed out the stock bolts for Grade-8 bolts that were made in USA (China bolts at that time sucked, still do not trust those originating there on my normal job). I used the snot out of that lift and even lifted my bike with my wife sitting on it. Original bike was a Fat Boy.
I have never had my old bike as much as wiggle when up on that lift, and it let me check tires and do any wheel removal when I needed to haul a new tire and the old tire/wheel to the dealership when I needed a new tire.
I put my new Road Glide Custom up on the same lift two weekends ago with two ratcheting straps helping to hold it steady. Lift worked like a champ ad did not have a problem hoisting the glide up in the air. It gave me plenty of room to change out my primary cover and do some fiddling up underneath my tank with spark plug wires. I had to take oe of both straps to loose at a couple of times, but did not have any trouble with stability as long as I kept one strap tight (for my sanity and bike safety) (only had to do that to change out primary cover).
I'm not sure if Sam's still sells the same bike lift, but the $110 I spent initially plus the extra $20 for grade-8 bolts let me save quite a bit on shop labor as I could do a lot of maintenance myself.
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