I don't really like those Platform lifts, you lock your front tire into it, they are stable, but you can't really use it to remove the tires, front/rear. For all other repairs and stuff they work great.
I have an ATV/Motorcycle lift, its a LARIN brand, I bought it at Mills Fleet Farm, on sale for $79, normally like $119. It works great, i put it under the bike, start lifting it up, then use ratchet straps to secure it to the stand, lift it up more and lock it into place. It works great for my 4wheelers too.
I used it a while back to do my spline lube and to take both my tires off to take them in and have my new rubbers mounted. The bike went on the stand friday afternoon, and came off tuesday night, so it stayed on the lift for about 4 days. I was lucky cuz it rained all those days so i didnt miss any good riding days, lol.
Anyway, heres a link to the lift from cyclegear.com website:
They want $139 for it, but if you go to Fleet Farm or any other local places you may find it a bit cheaper, even more if its on sale.
I'd like to note, that you may think its a cheap lift and you get what you pay for, but i was at the Harley D. shop and they have one just like it, but black with the orange HD logo on it, and a $599 price tag!! Freaking ridiculous!I asked the guy who the manufacturer was, he said it was manufactured by Harley Davidson and is a great quality lift, i continued looking at it, and hidden on the steel structure was LARIN.
I just started laughing!!