I've never had the luxury of using a floor jack in my 26 years of riding motorcycles and I finally broke down and bought a Harbor Freight model (I'm just too old anymore to lay on the floor and perform maintenance).
I am concerned with the bike being wobbly on the jack, and other threads on this site don't answer my questions fully. Can you help me out?
1. Are there marks on the frame where I should "center" the bike on the two jack rails? If not, what is the best fore/aft position? Should I just center the engine over the rails?
2. Strapping the bike to the jack... Do I just put a strap over the top (with seat off), or do you secure the bottom frame rails to the jack rails? I've also seen pictures of putting a strap over the front cylinder, any comments or best practices?
3. Before I use the Harbor Freight jack, apparently one has to step all the way down on the let-down pedal to lower "slowly" and anything in between is for the load to come down "fast." If I don't step on this pedal all the way, does the bike come flying down to earth?
If I insert the jack from the left side, can I just hold the bike and let it slowly come to rest on the side stand?
Everyone insures me this is not as scary as it sounds, but your comments will give me some direction and some piece of mind.
Thank you once again for helping me make my decision to purchase my beautiful 2012 Voyager