7. Bike Stand

front and rear stands

Although the front and rear stands are shown in the photo are more related to sportbikes, having a way to hold your bike upright makes many maintenance tasks much easier. If you’re lucky enough to have a bike with a center stand (rare but not extinct), you can use it for just about all maintenance that doesn’t require the front wheel to be removed. (In that situation, a scissor jack can tilt the bike rearward on the center stand.) If you don’t know what to use for your particular motorcycle, ask at your local shop or favorite online forum. You’ll get pointed in the right direction. Also, check out our recent test of the Bursig Center-Lift Motorcycle Stand.