6 Best Motorcycle Stands | December 2016

6 Best Motorcycle Stands
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You can't rely on your center stand to keep your bike steady when doing repairs or maintenance on your precious, not to mention expensive, two-wheeled machine. To be on the safe side, try one of these motorcycle stands instead. They'll let you store your bike safely or raise it and hold it securely while you keep it in perfect running order. Skip to the best motorcycle stand on Amazon.
For simple repair and maintenance jobs, the CHN RSW-1 is an affordable choice with decent quality. The bike easily goes on the stand and the forks are adjustable to fit the spools on your bike, but it doesn't seem as stable as others.
  • steel construction does not corrode
  • attractive red finish
  • rubber caps pop off easily
Brand CHN
Model RSW-1
Weight 10.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
The Talentstar 34801-AMZ offers a universal fit for virtually any sport bike. This front and rear motorcycle stand is perfect for off season storage of your bike to prevent dry rot or moisture damage from being parked on concrete for too long.
  • stable and dependable design
  • gets the job done at a great value
  • not meant for major repair jobs
Brand Talentstar
Model pending
Weight 19.6 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0
Whether you're lifting your bike for service or storage, the SMI 131527 combo makes a fine choice as it includes both a front and rear stand. It can be used for all Kawasaki ZX6R, 7R, 9R, 10R, 12R and 14R models and includes the correct size pins for your bike.
  • comes with a 1 year warranty
  • glossy black powder coated finish
  • does not come with any instructions
Brand SMI
Model 131527 combo
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
The professionally designed Venom Front Triple Tree Stand works like a charm for home or shop repairs as it allows for complete removal of the front tire. It is stable in all sorts of terrain, plus the adapter can be taken off for use as a regular fork lift front stand.
  • fast and easy assembly
  • rubber pads prevent slippage
  • includes 5 triple tree pins
Brand Venom
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
If you're the kind of person who likes to take a hands-on approach to motorcycle maintenance, look no further than the SMI 3000. This versatile stand features a durable large tube construction and comes in at a price that fits any budget.
  • makes oil changes quick and easy
  • large wheels make for easy lifting
  • adjustable to fit a wide range of bikes
Brand SMI
Model pending
Weight 11 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
The premium MOTO-D RACE is designed with the lean, mean racing bike in mind and is great for use in maintenance, preserving tires and with tire warmers. It offers support for any modern sport bike with a rear swingarm spool, and features soft lifting for ease of use.
  • rolling rubber inline wheels
  • strong and lightweight aluminum frame
  • high quality that is built to last
Brand MOTO-D
Weight 16.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Stand Up for Your Bike

The motorcycle stand is not a common element found in most garages or bike shops. Before we delve into what constitutes a stand, first let's clarify what it is not. Foremost, it is certainly not a kickstand. The kickstand, similar to one seen on a bicycle, supports the weight on one side of the frame allowing it to stand upright. They are usually located in the middle of the bike and spring out from the frame.

Every motorcycle will have a kickstand equipped. The motorcycle stand should not be confused with a motorcycle lift; which is larger and supports the entire bike as opposed to front or rear end only. The stand and lift may have similar uses but the stand is not adequate for heavy duty maintenance work that the lift encourages.

The motorcycle stand consists of a metal frame base that supports the weight of the motorcycle's rear or front wheel. The stand is typically made out of steel, although aluminum models are gaining popularity, The top arch is called the swingarm, and the base of the stand usually has wheels to slide underneath the bike. Also a handle will be included to manually lever the bike up and down.

The stand exists to lift the wheel, front or rear, of the motorcycle from the ground. The two primary reasons for using a motorcycle stand are for repairs and storage. If you intend to do neither with your bike, the stand may not suit you, and will collect dust in your garage.

Repairs and Storage

Considering the main function of the stand, you should decide whether you will need it primarily for storage or maintenance.

Motorcycle stands can be sold for the front wheel, rear wheel, or a dual pack; which includes both. If you are storing your bike, due to cold weather or any other reason, I highly suggest you get a dual front and rear wheel stand. That way, both tires are off the ground, preventing unnecessary stress on suspension and tire rot. Also, at the risk of damaging the bike, if you intend to store it for an extended period of time, I strongly advise you familiarize yourself with the proper storage procedures, including draining oil and gas from the tank. The average stand is lightweight, and takes up little room, however, it should be factored into the space you have provided in your garage for storage.

If you are performing your own maintenance on your motorcycle, the stand you purchase may differ from a simple storage stand. If you are concerned with oil changes and chain cleaning, you most certainly will need a rear wheel stand. For fork and front brake maintenance, obviously the front wheel stand is more adequate. Dual packs will be offered usually at a discounted rate, and they are intended for this purpose.

Regardless of the function of your stand, first you must make sure the stand is appropriate for your bike. Many hook unto your bike with spools. Spools, or a spool kit, can be purchased online and most local motorcycle shops. Of course you must check the spool size; not every spool will fit on every bike. They are inexpensive, and make working on your motorcycle with a stand safe and secure.

If spools are not compatible with you bike, you can also purchase a stand that will support the bike by the frame. Again, check with the manufacturer first; most will know first hand which stand is appropriate for you.

A Brief History of Motorcycle Stands

The modern motorcycle can trace its roots to the second half of the 19th century. A motorized bicycle sprang into existence at the same time in many parts of Europe. Germany and England dominated the market by the turn of the century and America excelled soon afterwards. Harley-Davidson became the gold standard for American riders (and to some extent it still is today). Motorcycle sport racing became popular as well, and the demand for innovations in the field were high; larger engines, aerodynamic frames, and safety features all improved drastically at this time.

The emergence of motorcycle maintenance at home is relatively new. Do not be fooled by the best selling book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which offers little intel on Zen Buddhism or motorcycle maintenance.

The history of the motorcycle stand itself is unclear; most likely it emerged in the 1980's when most riders began to do simple maintenance work in their own garages.

The stand cannot offer many innovations; it's a simple design with a simple purpose. The motorcycle stands fifty years from now will look nearly identical to today's models, I predict. A sturdy stand should last you a lifetime, provided it is properly care for. Good luck out there and congratulations on making a step forward towards a DIY warrior!

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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