The best motorcycle paddock stands

MCN's top-rated motorcycle paddock stands for storage and home mechanics.

Top motorcycle paddock stands

by Jim Blackstock |

There are lots of reasons why a paddock stand should be in your workshop, even if you’re not a home mechanic.

First and foremost, bikes like being stored upright. There are several models that specifically don’t like being stored for any length of time on just the side stand – the oil drains to one side and exposes the engine’s internals to air and moisture, with potential corrosion issues.

They can also be very useful for general maintenance; if your bike doesn’t have a centre stand but does use a chain, then cleaning and lubricating the chain is far easier if the rear wheel is off the ground, as is adjusting the chain tension. And if you need to remove the rear wheel for any reason – for example if you’re replacing the chain and sprockets – then you’ll need to get it off the ground.

At the front, it’s a similar situation; you may need to remove the front wheel to replace bearings or get tyres changed for example, or just to get weight of the wheels and tyres during storage, to prevent the tyres becoming mis-shaped.

Types of paddock stand

There are two main types of paddock stand; ones that are universal and ones that use bobbins. The universal variety will lift the rear of the bike on the swingarm and will fit wherever possible while front stands also tend to be universal, lifting on the bottom of the fork legs. The other variety use a pair of conical bobbins that are fitted to the bike (and stay fitted) and then, hooked brackets lift on the bobbins for a more-secure mounting.

There are also stands that will lift on the front headstock allowing the front wheel and the suspension to be removed while the bike is up, and another option is for a lift to use a rod that passes straight through the wheel spindle from one side to the other. Some stands replicate a centrestand with added functionality, while others lift the whole bike off the ground - but by that point, we’re starting to move away from paddock stands and into proper workshop stands.

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