Motorcycle Stands and Spring cleaning

People are starting to pull the bikes out of the garage and get them ready for Spring.  This often involves changing fluids, cleaning, lubing the chain, etc.  Here’s a few things to consider when it comes to these tasks:

  • If you lift your bike from under the swingarms, be aware that road grime, cleaning fluids, and lubes can be slippery.  Be careful to clean off the underside of the swingarms before lifting the bike.  That way you can avoid the swingarms slipping on non-spooled stand pegs.
  • Many cleaners and especially brake fluid can absolutely wreck your painted and/or plated surfaces.  This includes your bike and your motorcycle stand.  Be aware of what chemicals you’re using and what else might be damaged from exposure.
  • Lastly, if you buy a new bike this Spring be sure to find out if the motorcycle stands and/or stand accessories that you have are still the correct ones to use on your new bike.  In nearly twenty years in this industry, I can tell you that most damage “caused” by motorcycle stands is actually caused by using an improper stand, pin, or accessory item on a motorcycle that it was not designed for.

That’s it for today.  Have a good time getting your bikes ready for riding season and be safe out there once it warms up and you’re on the road!

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