Stand aid

Nigel Devereux
August 21, 2019

I’ve read in OBM, and other mags, plaintive messages from older riders who are selling bikes because of difficulty with machine weight, especially when lifting on to centre stands.

One method suggested by Tony Groves is to build a short ramp from 2” timber planking.

Cut a low angle plus scallop at one end to raise the bike on either wheel.

Simply sit on and paddle the bike on to the plank – either front or back wheel to choice – then get off and it’s easy to pull the bike on to the centre stand.

I attach a pic of mine that I painted before photographing, but the structure is fairly obvious, including fancy stop strips.

I forgot to add that the plank needs to be good and heavy, otherwise it can skid away from the wheel – as my first one did!

My second one is shown here, and works perfectly with my 1967 Triumph Daytona and a 1979 Honda 400/4.

Jeffrey Worth

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About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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