Benjamin

Published on February 4th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Operation dirtbike in camry





Materials: benjamin stool motorcycle stand

Description: So I had my old Honda XR250 street legal dirt bike in Brooklyn last summer for tooling around, but the summer was over and fall was coming and I didn’t want to garage the bike all winter ($). I needed to get the bike up to my cabin in the Catskills, but really didn’t want to rent a van for a long weekend. I figured I could dismantle the bike and get most of it into my Toyota Camry. All I needed was a motorcycle stand to get the wheels off the ground so I could take it all apart. At first I thought I’d use a milk crate, but the crate just got mushed under the weight of the bike. So I started eyeballing a ben jamin stool that holds up my TV connected laptop, and that did the trick! It was plenty strong and stable enough to hold the bike steady as I stripped it down. I wasn’t really sure I could get the bike in the car, but several hours later I got’r done! I drove the sagging Camry up to the Cabin and used the Benjamin stool for the reassemble. Now I have two Benjamin stools, one for the laptop and one for the working on the bike.

~ jody (I’m a man!), Brooklyn NY

I know there’s nothing hacked here, but it’s an interesting use of the Benjamin. Made me chuckle. ~ Jules

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6 Responses to Operation dirtbike in camry

  1. erecxx says:

    Good use, might try this myself in the future! I’m surprised that it would hold that weight, the bike must weigh at least 90 kg or so. Maybe you could stack two or three stools to get it sturdier so that you could supports even heavier bikes.

    • Anonymous says:

      @erexcc 90kg? try at least 140 or so I’ll bet.
      Nice makeshift stand although I’m very glad I have the proper tools for such things :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excuse me, but that’s no way to treat a Benjamin. I would be willing to give it a good home.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Props for the narrative! This beats the Billy “hack” of the year big time!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Definitely a serious contender for the Rube Golberg award.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If you decide to move your bike with the Camry in the future, you could save yourself some assembly/disassembly time by putting it inside the car. Seriously, most of my Ikea purchases come home inside my 1993 Nissan Maxima, including Billy bookcases. You just lay the passenger seat all the way back and put your item in the rear driver’s side door, aiming for the front passenger floorboard.

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