One thing that all motorcycle experts agree on is that eventually you will drop your motorcycle. Crashes and slides are cited as the primary reason for a dropped motorcycle. In reality, many of these incidents occur in a parking lot or garage. This is especially true for a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic, which can be cumbersome when maneuvering out of a parking stall. Using leverage to lift the motorcycle upright will prevent you from straining and injuring yourself in the process. With the right technique, even a smaller person can right a fallen Ultra Classic.
Lifting from the Right
1. Stop the motor and shift the motorcycle into gear. Lower the kick-stand on the left side of the motorcycle.
2. Turn the handlebars completely to the right.
3. Sit on the right edge of the seat with your back toward the motorcycle.
4. Reach down and grasp a portion of the motorcycle’s frame, as low to the ground as possible, with your left hand. Grasp the right handlebar with your right hand.
5. Walk backward, pushing against the motorcycle with your back, to lift the motorcycle upright.
6. Continue to push until the motorcycle is balanced in an upright position. Lower the motorcycle onto its kick-stand.
Lifting from the Left
7. Stop the motor and shift the motorcycle into gear.
8. Turn the handlebars completely to the left. Maintain your grip on the handlebars.
9. Crouch next the left side of the seat, placing your hip against the motorcycle.
10. Stand and push the motorcycle into an upright position, using your hip.
11. Continue to push until the motorcycle is balanced in an upright position. Lower the kick-stand and rest the motorcycle onto it.