How to Lift the Front End of a Motorcycle

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Maintaining your motorcycle often requires lifting it off of its front wheel, especially for tire replacements. This can be a difficult task for the average do-it-yourselfer, who may lack the equipment necessary to safely lift the motorcycle. Luckily, a variety of inexpensive stands and lifts are available for this purpose. These lifts and stand are fairly simple to operate and will lift the motorcycle by its front forks. A specialised version of the front stand will lift your motorcycle by its triple tree, which secures the forks and handlebars to the frame. Using either requires just a few minutes to understand the process.

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Things you need

  • Motorcycle front fork or triple tree stand

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  1. 1

    Park the motorcycle on a smooth, level surface and stand directly in front of the motorcycle. Turn the handlebars so that the front wheel is pointing directly ahead.

  2. 2

    Place the front fork stand in front of the front wheel and line the rubber cushions up with the bottom of the front fork tubes. If you are using a triple tree lift stand, slide the lifting arm between the front fork tubes and align the arm with the hole on the bottom of the triple tree.

  3. 3

    Tilt the motorcycle into an upright position and hold it steady with one hand. Slide the stand's rubber cushions directly against the fork tubes or insert the lifting arm pin into the triple tree with the other hand.

  4. 4

    Hold the motorcycle steady and push down on the stand's handle in a single motion to lift the motorcycle.

  5. 5

    Lower the motorcycle from the stand by slowly pulling the handle toward you. As the motorcycle is lowered to the ground, hold the motorcycle steady. If a triple tree stand was used, pull the lifting arm pin free of the triple clamp. Roll the motorcycle backwards slightly to clear the stand. Lower the motorcycle onto its side stand.

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