Motorcycle Lift Buying Guide

As bikes become more and more popular throughout the nation, there is more need for mechanics to be able to handle performing routine maintenance and repairs on them. Make sure your shop can handle working on a variety of bikes with a quality motorcycle lift. This equipment is specifically designed to handle the smaller profile and different build of motorcycles and will help you perform maintenance and repairs quickly and easily. If you are considering getting one for your shop, read through our motorcycle lift buying guide and get the information you need to make the best choice.

Motorcycle Lift


How much your lift weighs can be a huge factor that determines what model you ultimately decide to purchase. While many shops accept the need to be able to service motorcycles at a moment’s notice, they do not always get a large volume of bike traffic. For this reason, having a lift that can be easily moved and stored is preferable. Lifts with aluminum based frames can be very portable, coming in at as little as 100 pounds or less.

If you regularly work on motorcycles and want a heavy duty, long lasting, extremely durable option that can withstand everyday use for years on end, a more permanent steel based machine can be the right choice. These lifts can be as heavy as 800 pounds, not including any attachments or accessories you might use, making them much less mobile. While this can make them difficult to move, it also provides a great degree of stability and will help you work on many different bikes on a regular basis.


There are many different pieces of hardware that will help you make the most of your lifting experience. Different lifts can handle a variety of attachments and accessories, expanding your range of capabilities, so if you know you will need to work on a wide variety of bikes, make sure you are equipped to handle the job. Common options include extension panels that will give you up to an extra 20-30 inches of length in the front or back of your lift, perfect for handling choppers and other longer bikes. Side extensions can double some models, taking them from 24 to 48 inches or from 30 to 55 in a few minutes. Lifting arms and other attachments can also give you extra power, helping you perform more work more easily so you can handle any bike that comes to your door.


One of the biggest differences between motorcycle lifts is how they are powered. There are three main designs for operation - manual, air, and hydraulic. Manual models use old fashioned foot pedals and pumps to lift, which can require a lot more effort than their automatic counterparts. Hydraulics can help make the process a lot easier, allowing you to raise your bike in seconds. Air powered lifts work similarly to hydraulics, using air pressure to lift your equipment to an acceptable height. However, they require the use of air compressors to operate. If you have the hardware on hand, they are very quick, easy to use, and reliable.

At Best Buy Automotive Equipment, quality and excellent customer service is our focus. We hope that this motorcycle lift buying guide will help you choose the right one for your auto repair shop or for personal use. If you have additional questions about any of our motorcycle lifts, you can also contact our sales support at our toll free number 855-275-5141.

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