The 10 Best Motorcycle Stands

Updated June 11, 2018 by Chase Brush

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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. You shouldn't rely on your center stand alone 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 stable motorcycle stands, which will let you store your ride comfortably or raise it and hold it securely while you keep it in perfect running order. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best motorcycle stand on Amazon.

10. SMI Sport Bike Rear

For very simple repair and maintenance jobs, such as back tire changes, the SMI Sport Bike Rear is an affordable choice of decent quality. The forks are adjustable to fit the spools on your swing arm, though it's not for very heavy machines.
  • extra-large tube construction
  • black powder-coated finish
  • rubber caps pop off easily
Brand SMI
Model RSW-1
Weight 11 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. MJM Back/Front Pair

With the MJM Back/Front Pair, you'll get two durable stands that are perfect for storing your bike in the off-season and getting it off the concrete floor to prevent tire dry rot or moisture damage. At this price, though, there are more trusted options out there.
  • attractive red finish
  • have eight wheels in total
  • front stand is less stable than back
Brand mjm
Model pending
Weight 19.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

8. Safstar Rear Paddock

Riders who don't usually do their own mechanical work but want a lift for those few times they find the energy will appreciate the Safstar Rear Paddock. This simple model easily raises the back wheel for cleanings, and costs less than a tank of gas.
  • comes in red or black
  • lightweight design
  • may be too narrow for some bikes
Brand Safstar
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Venom Triple Tree

The Venom Triple Tree makes the perfect addition to the home or shop garage, as it allows for complete removal of the front tire for fork maintenance. It's stable on all sorts of terrain, plus the adapter can be taken off for use as a regular front stand.
  • 12-and-a-half-inch-wide tire area
  • rubber pads prevent slippage
  • tubing is a little thin
Brand Venom
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. SMI Combo Black

Whether you're lifting your machine for service, storage, or display, the SMI Combo Black should do the job. It's cheaper than similar options, and features a universal fit that makes it suitable for use with almost any make or model, including Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Honda.
  • comes with 1-year warranty
  • great for cleaning too
  • does not include any instructions
Brand SMI
Model 131527 combo
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. OxGord Universal

The OxGord Universal is an all-in-one solution to your power sport maintenance needs, capable of moving and/or storing everything from motorcycles and dirt bikes to ATVs. The front stand supports tires up to 10 inches wide, while the rear supports ones up to 15 inches.
  • holds up to 400 pounds
  • folds for convenient storage
  • large exhausts might get in the way
Brand OxGord
Model pending
Weight 17.6 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Moto-D Swingarm

The premium Moto-D Swingarm is designed with the lean, mean racing bike in mind, though it'll suit any modern sport model with rear spools. A winning feature is its rubber inline wheels, which roll smoothly on all surfaces and make it a breeze to lift and use.
  • includes front and rear stands
  • lightweight aluminum frames
  • doesn't lift very high
Brand MOTO-D
Weight 16.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Pit Bull Hybrid Dual Lift

If you're the kind of hands-on motorcycle owner who won't settle for anything less than the best when it comes to maintenance, you're going to want the Pit Bull Hybrid Dual Lift. It may be expensive, but considering the quality and reliability, it's definitely worth it.
  • lifts from forks or a triple tree
  • extremely stable design
  • good for work on high-end bikes
Brand Pit Bull
Model F0100-100
Weight 18.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Venom Front/Rear Combo

Ideal for sport bikes but highly rated by riders of all stripes, the Venom Front/Rear Combo offers the strength and versatility of much more expensive options at a fraction of the price. It comes with a standard pin, but can be used with other sizes as well.
  • makes oil changes quick and easy
  • made of high-grade steel
  • very easy to assemble and use
Brand Venom
Model pending
Weight 20 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Trackside Rear Paddock

As its name suggests, the Trackside Rear Paddock is built to be right at home in the pit at your local raceway. It's constructed of heavy-duty 38mm steel tubing, uses a multi-fit bracket for spool or flat swing arms, and has a retractable handle for easy portability.
  • ideal for performance bikes
  • front stand also available
  • compact space-saving size
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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 June 11, 2018 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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