oops, my bad. Thought it was a nighthawk twin or something.
If I may digress for a second, honda rushes to get a bike into production (1969 cb750) so they make it impossible to do any real maintenance without pulling the engine and make sure the only way to get the engine out is the same way the engine is being pulled on this yammy. Do they correct this in other years? not really (some DOHCs have removeable frame members but otherwise the engine isn't coming out at all).
Now I find out that other motorcycle manufacturers are like this. it's enough to make you swear off japanese everything......
ok, I am tool, but I am pissed because I am doing the same thing right now and I have had to stop and remove the exhaust studs otherwise the engine is not coming out. Fucking honda.
I put a tri pod on one side of bike and a tri pod on the other side.slide a stout bar thru frame onto both said tri pods and with some jiggling of frame slide the engine out of the frame slung on the stout bar. when putting it back in just be sure and tape up the frame area with cloth or any thing protective.Tripods can be any thing from step ladders to jack stands on stable crates just make sure the tri pods are stable and can take the wiggling of the frame without falling over into the pile we see here in these pictures.
You have to be inventive when you pull engines by yourself.Your idea is something different ,It works as you have proven .My idea is just the way I do it .I also strip the frame down so I dont have the front end weight (which is alot) and I strip off the trailing arms and wheel so I just have the simple frame to deal with.
Most all manufacturers cram their motors into the frame. I see it everyday at work (my family owns a bike dealership, and I'm the service writer there). It's all about aesthetics and keeping the "package" small and tight. So, they build the bike around the engine. It's not just Honda, but everybody (except maybe Harley).