A rear stand for your motorcycle stabilises the bike while you tinker, tune or change parts. Manufactured stands have high-tech wheels, shiny paint and a price tag to match. Considering the simplicity of a rear stand, you can build one that works as well as a pricey model. Rear stands consist of a rectangular frame, a handle and two wheels. A pair of uprights with frame supports attach to a crossbar. Find a used or inexpensive garden dolly with a loop rest instead of a steel plate rest and build your own cheap motorcycle rear stand.
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Things you need
- Garden dolly with loop rest
- 3/4-inch diameter steel pipe
- Bench vice
- Electric drill
- 1/8-inch drill bit
- 5/8-inch wood dowel
- 3/16-inch lag screws
- Box wrench
- 1-inch steel channel
Use a hacksaw to cut the loop rest off at each side of a garden dolly, 2 inches in front of each wheel.
Measure the width across the dolly from the outside edges of each cut for a crossbar. Secure a length of 3/4-inch diameter steel pipe in a bench vice. Cut the crossbar to your measurement with the hacksaw.
Chuck a 1/8-inch drill bit into an electric drill. Drill a vertical hole through one end of the crossbar, 1/2-inch from the end. Drill a similar vertical hole at the opposite end of the crossbar.
Cut two pieces of 5/8-inch wood dowel, 2 inches long, for plugs. Drive a plug into each of the open ends where you cut the loop rest off the dolly.
Attach the crossbar to the dolly with 3/16-inch lag screws through the drilled holes and into the wood plugs. Tighten the lags clockwise with a box wrench. Do not over-tighten the lags or the threads may strip in the plugs.
Measure the width between the rear frame arms on your motorcycle. Take the measurement in front of the rear axle. These are the points where uprights and frame supports lift the motorcycle wheel off the floor.
Lay out the locations of the uprights by transferring your measurement of the rear frame arms onto the centre portion of the crossbar you attached to the dolly.
Measure the distance from the rear frame arms to the floor and add 1 inch. Cut two additional pieces of 3/4-inch diameter steel pipe to this length for uprights.
Cut two pieces of 1-inch steel channel 2 inches long as frame supports to attach on top of the uprights.
Take the dolly, the uprights and frame supports to a muffler or welding shop. Lay the dolly flat. Ask the welder to weld the uprights vertically onto the crossbar at your layout marks. Have a frame support welded on top of each upright with the channel facing up.
Tips and warnings
- Call ahead to a muffler or welding shop and describe the project. Most shops charge a minimum when you supply the pre-cut materials. Find the best rate. Ask the welder to tack-weld the ends of the crossbar to the dolly.
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