Join Date: May 2016
Location: Sydney, Australia
The AT lays quite flat when you drop it, even with crash bars. Having said that, I find it quite easy to pick up by turning the handlebars in and using the frame just below the rear brake reservoir with the other hand. It's even easier if you have Barkbusters fitted. Put it in first gear or lash the front brake if you are on an incline. Take a series of short squat lifts, stepping backwards into the machine as you go, job done. The first foot or so is the hardest, after which it becomes progressively easier. Oh, and don't take off the pillion footpegs or it will lay even flatter. All this is from experience as I have dropped mine several times now. I feel sure anyone of average strength could lift an AT in this way, but if you are worried about a potential back injury then don't risk it. I tried one of those strap lifters and found it much quicker and easier to just lift the bike manually.
I often ride alone in the Australian bush btw, it's riskier than travelling with a mate I know, but I am OK with my bushcraft skills. I carry a Delorme Inreach, map and compass, tarp, first aid kit, Sawyer mini water filter, knife and ferrocerium fire rod as an absolute minimum. Tell people where you expect to be every day, and happy adventuring....