Tested: ABBA Superbike Stand

June 16, 2022

After 10 years of faithful service, my ABBA Superbike Stand has been retired. Well, sort of… it’s gone to another home.

It’s fair to say that this has been the stand of choice, despite having some stand-alone paddock stands and a hydraulic bike lift. It’s been able to ‘hold up’ a range of bikes from an Aprilia RSV1000 Mille (1998); Tuono (2006); a 1996 Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD; a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade (1997); a 1995 Yamaha YZF750R; and an array of modern motorcycles, too.

What I love is the stand’s simplicity: you join the two halves of the stand and they slot into the swingarm pivot point. For around £15-£20 you simply purchase an adaptor kit for the bike you own, meaning that you don’t have to buy brand-new stands. You can even buy a ‘dealer kit’ should you wish, with a vast array of adaptors to suit most bikes from the last 30 or so years. If you don’t own a bike, the broken down two halves are easily stored and you can add a ‘Front Lift Arm’ to the basic stand which lifts the front wheel off the floor.

The only niggle with the ABBA Superbike stand is that you do have to get the adjustment right, so it’s tight, before you hoist the bike on to the stand. The setting of the width of the two halves of the stand often has to be pretty spot-on, otherwise when you extend the handle to lift the bike up, it can wobble and sway. That said, I’ve never dropped a bike with it yet: highly recommended. I’ve recently replaced it with an ABBA SkyLift.



About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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