Motorcycle Front Stand
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld
If I was Motorcycle King, I would decree that every
motorcycle must have a center stand as original
Because my life as Motorcycle Serf is made so much
more difficult without one.
I suppose that motorcycle owners who rely on the
local shop to do all their maintenance don't notice it
as much, but even the most mundane tasks like
lubricating and adjusting the chain are made at least 5
times harder without a center stand.
So as far as I'm concerned, a motorcycle rear stand
is a necessity. We reviewed the Steel Horse rear
stand about two years ago, and have been using it ever
since in the garage. It's held up well and it's
become an indispensable tool around the shop.
We use it for oil changes, chain adjustments and
lubrication, valve adjustments and for any time the
motorcycle must be kept upright and steady during
maintenance, repair and customization projects.
A motorcycle that is correctly balanced on a center
stand can usually be tilted towards the front or rear,
which allows easy access to either the front or rear
wheel for removal or other maintenance. It's hard
to replace the functionality and usefulness of a center
stand, especially for front end work.
But without a center stand, a simple job like removing
the front wheel becomes a major hassle. A rear
stand works great for a number of different jobs, but it
doesn't help when it comes time to remove the front
wheel, because it places all the weight of the bike on
A motorcycle front and rear stand combination still won't replace a
good center stand, but it's
definitely the easiest way to remove the front wheel and
to keep the motorcycle steady for maintenance and repair
work. I can also use the front stand to lift the front end and then carefully
lower the bike down on to my engine support when I need
remove the forks.
We've tried several different rear and front stands,
but the Steel Horse Fabrications products seem to be
built stronger than the others. The Steel Horse
stands use beefy tubing and hardware that
just looks and feels more substantial than many other
Take a careful look at the design, hardware and
construction of some of the different motorcycle stands
that are available and I think you'll agree. My feeling is that
some of them look pretty wimpy, and I worry about their
ability to lift or hold a 400-500+ pound motorcycle.
Ken Englert and Aaron Abreu, the co-owners of Steel
Horse Fabrications, are also American Federation of
Motorcyclists (AFM) club racers, and they've used that experience
in perfecting their products.
The Steel Horse Model UFST01 front stand is
made from 1" diameter steel tubing. It also has a 1"
diameter tube that serves as a horizontal cross-bracing and it has two diagonal braces for the vertical arms.
Again, compare this to other stands, many of which have
no bracing at all, and you'll see the difference.
Steel Horse also uses dual wheels on their lifts,
which definitely help to spread the load over a wider
surface area, making it easier to lift the bike.
This is an important consideration, especially with a
front stand, because it does take some muscle to lift a
motorcycle up on to either a front or rear stand.
The front stand has the same high-quality black
Pacific Powder Coating as the rear stand we reviewed.
Steel Horse now adds two rivets on the bottom of the
horizontal cross brace, which help protect the finish
from getting scratched during use.
The front stand is designed to fit into the holes in
the bottom of most forks. Check your bike first to
see if the forks have these holes (see photo, left).
Steel Horse has two different adapters for the stand's
vertical arms, and one or the other will fit most bikes. The
round head bolt adapter works on the
Thunderbird Sport, as shown in the photo. I screwed in the
round head bolts about 2/3 of
the way into the threaded top section of the vertical
arms to fit the Triumph.
Steel Horse recommends that the motorcycle is first
placed on the rear stand before lifting the front.
To lift the bike, the locate the vertical arms of the
under the forks so that the round head bolts will slip
into the holes in the bottom of the forks as the bike is
I had a friend hold the handlebars just in case the first couple
of times I used the stand, because it's a bit
scary the first few times you lift the bike up on to
either a front or rear stand until you get the hang of
It takes more force to lift the front than it does
the rear, but after a few tries to get the feel, it's
not bad. It takes a good amount of initial push to
overcome the mass of the bike, but once the dual wheels
get rolling, the bike lifts right up.
The forks are supported from underneath, so there's
no interference with the axle or other parts, making
front wheel removal a cinch. The motorcycle feels
very solid when both the rear and front stands are used,
so this would be the best way to support the bike for
engine work or any project that requires large amounts
of torque that might upset the bike if it was supported
any other way.
I definitely do not trust a motorcycle on a side
stand, especially when it involves any type of wrenching
where the bike could move back or forth as the bolts are
being loosened or tightened.
The combination of the front and rear wheel stands
are a big help; they still don't replace a good balanced
center stand, but there's basically no other way to work
on a motorcycle without auxiliary stands. I'm very
conservative when it comes to safety when working on a
motorcycle, and the Steel Horse products give me a good
sense of comfort.
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Horse Motorcycle Front Stand
Suggested Retail Price: $89.00
Product Comments: "Professional grade" front
stand. Cross bracing and 1" steel tubing makes for a
beefy product that seems stronger than the competition.
High quality powder coating. Dual wheels spread out
the weight and make the stand easier to use.
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