How to Build a Motorcycle Stand

Written by steve smith
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A motorcycle stand is used to lift and hold a motorcycle's back wheel off the ground and thereby stand the motorcycle upright without use of the kickstand. A motorcycle stand can be used to prop up your bike while you work on certain parts of it, including the back wheel, chain, rear brakes or indicators. It can also be used to display the bike at shows so people can see it in the full upright position, instead of trying to imaging how it looks riding down the road, since the kickstand tilts the bike on an angle. They can be made a variety of different ways.

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Things you need

  • 4 feet of 1-inch wide steel pipe or "steel tubing"
  • Blow torch
  • Benders
  • Welder
  • 1/4" sheet metal

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  1. 1

    Mark off an 8-inch section in the middle of a 4-foot length of 1 inch wide steel pipe.

  2. 2

    Bend the pipe into a horseshoe shape, using metal benders, leaving the 8-inch section as the bottom of the "U."

  3. 3

    Make two more marks on the pipe about 24 inches from the corners of the "U" shape. Then bend the pipes upwards and back at both ends towards the corners of the "U" shape. These are the "arms" of the motorcycle stand and they extend vertically when the stand is laid on the ground.

  4. 4

    Slide the stand under the bike and make sure both arms fit under the rear fork and are close enough together to intersect.

  5. 5

    Cut the excess from the ends of these two arms. Each one should be about 4 inches higher than the bottom of your rear forks, to lift the bike off the ground.

  6. 6

    Cut two 2-inch by 4-inch metal plates that are at least 1/4 inch thick from your sheet metal using a regular metal saw. Then weld them to the tops of the stand arms with a gas arc welder. These are the plates that the rear forks will sit on.

  7. 7

    Cut and shape the end of one left over section of the steel pipe so it fits on the back edge of the "U" shape you formed in Step 2. Arc the end of the pipe so it fits around the pipe frame, and weld it to the "U" at an angle. This is the handle of the stand which you will use to jack up the bike.

  8. 8

    Grasp the handle you just welded on in Step 6 and tilt the stand forward, then slide it under the bike, lower the handle until the two plates contact the rear forks, then push on the handle to prop up the bike until it is on the stand.

Tips and warnings

  • Each motorcycle has different dimensions, so adjust your measurements slightly to fit your specific bike.

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