DIY Motorcycle Storage Stand

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DIY Motorcycle Storage Stand
Motorcycle shows use stands for bike display. (motorcycle image by Bionic Media from Fotolia.com)

Many motorcycle owners choose to set their bikes on a stand for storage during the winter or during long periods where the bike will not be in use. Some owners even set their bike on a stand in car parks. In addition to keeping the bike from falling over, a stand can also be used as a display tool for shows or if you are showing off your new, sleek motorcycle to friends.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 6-foot steel pipe (2-inch diameter)
  • 2-foot steel pipe (2-inch diameter)
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Blow torch
  • Pipe bender
  • Saw
  • Welding materials
  • 1/4-inch sheet metal

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find the centre of the 6-foot pipe using the measuring tape. Measure 4-inches to the right and left of the centre and mark the spots on the pipe with a marker. This will form an 8-inch section at the centre of the pipe.

  2. 2

    Use pipe benders to make 90-degree bends at the two marked spots so the pipe forms a "U" shape. The 8-inch section will form the bottom of the "U" shape.

  3. 3

    Measure between 12 to 24 inches from each end of the pipe. Make a mark on the pipe with a marker. The measurements should be equal on each side.

  4. 4

    Bend the pipe upwards at these measurements and slightly at an angle towards the bottom of the "U" shape so they extend vertically and are bent backwards. These will form the arms of the stand.

  5. 5

    Cut two pieces of pipe from the 2-foot pipe that fits between the angled ends of the pipe and the part of the pipe that will be on the ground. These will form cross pieces for support. This measurement will depend on the angle the pipes were bent at and can be measured using a measuring tape.

  6. 6

    Weld one end of the two support pipes to the bent edges of the 6-foot pipe and the other end to the part of the pipe that will be on the ground.

  7. 7

    Place the stand under the motorcycle. Position the stand so the arms of the stand fit closely to motorcycle's rear forks.

  8. 8

    Use the marker to make a mark on the pipes approximately 4 inches above the rear forks of the motorcycle. The stand will lift the motorcycle 4 inches above the ground. Cut the pipes at each of the marks to remove any excess piping.

  9. 9

    Use a saw to cut two pieces of metal from the sheet metal that are 2 inches in length and 4 inches in width.

  10. 10

    Weld one of the metal pieces to the top of the bent ends of the pipe. Position the metal piece on the inside of the stand so thee metal piece will fit underneath the rear forks of the motorcycle. Repeat the procedure for the other metal piece and remaining end of the pipe.

  11. 11

    Use a piece of left over pipe to form a handle that will be welded onto the bottom of the "U" section of the stand. Cut and shape one end of the pipe so it forms an arc to fit over the pipe.

  12. 12

    Weld the handle onto the bottom edge of the "U" shape so it is perpendicular to the end of the "U" shape.

  13. 13

    Tilt the stand forward and slide it underneath the bike using the handle. Move the stand until the plates fit under the rear forks and push down on the handle until it is flush with the ground to prop up the bike on the stand.

Tips and warnings

  • Various motorcycles have different dimensions. Adjust the dimensions so the stand better suits your motorcycle.

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