Top motorcycle rear wheel spinners

Make chain cleaning and lubricating easy by spinning the rear wheel

Using a log as a motorcycle centrestand

by Jim Blackstock |

Unless your bike has a centrestand, cleaning and subsequently lubricating and protecting the chain or cleaning the wheels can be a real pain.

You can’t spin the rear wheel easily if it is still on the ground and in the absence of a centrestand, you usually need to roll the bike forwards and backwards so you can cover the full length of the chain.

However, with the rear wheel lifted off the ground, cleaning and lubricating is so much easier; you can easily spin the rear wheel with the bike in one position, allowing you to much more effectively clean the chain and it makes lubing it much, much easier once clean.

There are several ways you can effectively lift the bike’s rear wheel off the ground to allow it to spin easily.

You can use a paddock stand for example, which will do this as well as allow you to work safely on the bike or you can set the bike on its sidestand and then, prop up the opposite side to briefly lift the rear wheel off the ground.

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You could park the bike on rollers or use a more serious stand to lift the bike up and allow you to work on it as well as spin the wheel.

Here is a selection of ways to lift the rear wheel off the ground so you can spin it and look after your chain.

Grand Pitstop

Grand Pitstop
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This is perhaps one of the easiest and most straightforward ways of spinning the rear wheel so you can look after the chain. It is a simple pair of rollers that the rear wheel sits on top of while the bike is rested on its sidestand.

The rollers turn, allowing the rear wheel to spin while resting on its own weight on the rollers. It is small enough to bump the bike up onto and you can use it on the rear wheel to clean the chain, as well as the wheel itself and on the front for cleaning.

Pros:

Small and compact

Weight rests on wheel

Good reviews online

Cons:

Need to get right size for bike

BikeTek Spinner

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Working on a similar principle to the Grand version above, this example from BikeTek features a pair or large rollers with sealed bearings for longevity and performance as well as a frame with a ramp to help getting the bike up onto it.

Once on, the rear wheel can rotate with the weight of the bike on it and the spinner comes with a rubber puck to place under the sidestand to help position the bike in a vertical position.

Pros:

Ramp to help loading

Puck to prop bike up vertically

Great reviews online

Cons:

Can’t think of any

Tru Tension Wheel Monkey

Tru Tension Wheel Monkey
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Another ground-mounted roller, this version from chain-maintenance specialists Tru Tension uses widely-spaced and knurled rollers for grip on the tyre and stability when the bike is resting on it. It also had a handy ramp to make getting the bike onto the rollers easy while the small-diameter rollers help keep the tyre close to the ground.

Pros:

Small rollers so low profile

Knurled for grip on tyre

Easy to get bike on

Cons:

None we can think of

BikeTek Swingarm Lift

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This lift arm from BikeTek is designed to lift the rear wheel off the ground in conjunction with the bikeu2019s sidestand. You stand the bike and insert this between the ground and the rear swingarm (obviously not single-sided swingarms on the same side as the sidestand).

You then wind the threaded collar until the rear wheel is off the ground. There is a serrated edge on the cup on the ground for grip.

Pros:

Well made

Use on any ground

Use on any bike

Cons:

May not work for single-sided swingarms

Laser Wheel Spinner

Laser Wheel Spinner
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A variation on a theme, this spinner from Laser is not only adjustable to cope with a wide variety of tyre sizes but it uses four ball bearings to allow easy movement of the rear (or front) tyres. Itu2019s made by British tools specialist Laser Tools, so you know it will be decent quality.

Pros:

Adjustable size

Ball-bearing use

Renowned manufacturer

Cons:

Nothing we can think of

Oxford Premium Paddock Stand

Oxford Premium Paddock Stand

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OK, so this isnu2019t purely a wheel spinner but it will get the back wheel off the ground and hold the bike steady while you clean and maintain the chain, as well as clean or remove the wheel.

This won a Best Buy tag from sister title RiDE in its test and will not only allow you access to the chain but will also mean you can store the bike off the rear wheel, over winter perhaps and work in it in safety and with the bike completely stable.

Pros:

Award winning stand

Ensure the bike is stable

Allow storage and maintenance of bike

Cons:

Need separate one for front wheel

JFG Racing Rear Stand

JFG Racing Rear Stand
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This arm from JFG Racing works in a similar u2013 but slightly different - way to the one from BikeTek. Instead of inserting the complete arm and then winding the bike off the ground, you position the hinged arm between the swingarm of the bike and the ground and then, push the over-centre hinge to lift the rear off the ground. It gets good reviews online and is a handy addition.

Pros:

Folds up small so portable

Useful for long tours

Good value

Cons:

Possibly not as stable as some

Sealey Lift

Sealey Lift
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This handy device from tool specialist Sealey works in a similar way to a centrestand but for bikes without one. You slide it under the bike then use the long handle to pull the bike up onto the stand on its frame rails.

The resting position is slightly over-centre so the weight of the bike keeps it in the raised position and it would appear to be a stable solution to not only raising the rear wheel but also, providing a way to lift the bike for more involved maintenance.

Pros:

Works for any bike

Simple and elegant solution

Well-respected manufacturer

Cons:

May not work with faired bikes

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