Best motorcycle lifts and benches

Getting your bike off the ground can make it much easier to work on. MCN recommends the best motorcycle lifts and benches.

Working on a motorcycle using a lift

by Jim Blackstock |

Anyone who has tried to work on their bike, whether restoration or routine maintenance, out of necessity or for pleasure, know that doing it with the bike on the ground can be a real pain – literally.

Being hunched over the top end of an engine, for example, while checking valve clearances or working on carburettors can be a real pain in the back while an oil change can mean lying on the ground and contorting, looking for the drain plug or the oil filter itself.

However, there are ways to make things easier and getting your bike off the ground is one of these.

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There are some jobs that need the bike raised off the ground – taking the wheels or suspension off, for example. However, most jobs will be made easier by raising the bike.

Here is a selection of ways to get your bike off the ground to tackle whatever jobs you need to do.

The best motorcycle lifts and benches

1. Draper Lift Pad


This simple scissor-lift pad from Draper goes under the frame of the bike or a suitable location

Draper Lift Pad

It’s a basic but effective-looking solution (you can also get versions that locate on the frame tubes with semi-circular pads) and will support a bike up to 450kg so should be good for almost anything you’re likely to want to raise.

Pros: Simple; effective; decent capacity

Cons: Obscures bike where being lifted

2. Oypla MX Bike Lift


Designed for lighter motocross and enduro bikes (which often have no sidestand), this familiar

Oypla MX Bike Lift

It has a capacity of 150kg so clearly for light, off-road bikes but gets them a decent height into the air for repairs or maintenance.

Pros: Easy to operate; fast; lightweight and effective

Cons: Low capacity

3. Oxford Paddock Stands



Oxford Paddock Stands

Pros: Quick and easy to use; get both wheels off the ground; stand bike upright

Cons: Cannot remove suspension

4. BikeIt Front Head Stand


If you need to remove the front forks from your bike u2013 you need to replace the oil seals, for

BikeIt Front Head Stand

It works in the same way as a normal paddock stand but locates on the headstock, so you can easily remove the front forks or the wheel.

Pros: Lifts from the headstock; allow wheel or forks to be removed; keeps bike upright

Cons: Cannot remove headstock

5. Cartrend Jack


A hydraulic version of the base motorcycle lift, this u2018Amazon Choiceu2019 uses a pair of

Cartrend Jack

Pros: Mobile; easy to use; huge capacity

Cons: Obscures underside of bike

6. Sealey Single Post Lift


Potentially moving into the realms of professionals rather than keen amateurs, due to the costs

Sealey Single Post Lift

The system allows access to the underside of the bike, for getting to oil filters or drain plugs for example and also allows the entire bike to be disassembled, with wheels, suspension and swing-arm removal all possible.

Pros: Allows all components to be removed; gives excellent access to bike; huge 450Kg capacity

Cons: Expensive for DIY mechanics

7. Switzer Lift Table


For many, this kind of table is the easiest and best way to work on a motorcycle. It lifts the

Switzer Lift Table

A chock at the front wheel holds the bike vertical and there is a removable pad to allow the rear wheel to be taken out. This version raises hydraulically and it has a 360kg capacity.

Pros: Raise bike to 780mm off ground; gives standing access to mechanic; holds bike vertical

Cons: Still need to raise bike to remove wheels

8. Centre Paddock Stand


This stand lifts a bike from one side using model-specific (this one is for a Honda Fireblade)

Centre Paddock Stand

Pros: Lifts both wheels off ground; useful for work and storage; bike is mobile when on stand

Cons: Limited bike applications

9. Abba Superbike Stand


The Abba Superbike stand is effectively a centrestand for any bike, raising it from the swingarm

Abba Superbike Stand

There is an extending arm to make getting the bike up onto the stand easy and you can also add a front-wheel lift kit that holds both wheels off the ground for suspension or wheel work.

Pros: Easy to use; works with huge range of bikes; add kit to lift both wheels off ground

Cons: Bike still on ground (unless used with lift table)

10. Abba Skylift


This lift from Abba raises the entire bike from the ground, making every element of it accessible.

Abba Skylift

Like the Superbike stand, there is an adapter to allow the swingarm to be removed while using the lift and the bike/lift assembly can be moved thanks to the wheels.

Pros: Lift entire bike off ground; move with bike in situ; easy hydraulic action

Cons: Access to one side slightly compromised

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