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Best Motorcycle Lift

Motorcycle lifts are used to elevate your motorcycle into the air for tasks like mechanical maintenance or detailing, eliminating the need to lie on the floor or crouch down. They’re also a must because motorcycles don't necessarily work with normal car jacks. There are two types of motorcycle lifts. The first is very similar to a regular car jack, only it has two elongated platforms where your motorcycle sits (as opposed to the single, smallish lifting platform you find on most car jacks). The second is a table lift which are full platforms allowing your bike to be lifted fairly high in the air.

Obviously the type of motorcycle lift you want to buy depends on a number of different factors. Since most people don’t have large, open garages with tons of available space, all the lifts on this list are the smaller, non-table varieties. All of these lifts can also hold at least 1000 pounds of weight, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not the lift you purchase will be able to hold your bike. Finally, each lift below offers some sort of manufacturer’s warranty.

Pitbull Standard Manual Lift

Pitbull Standard Manual Lift

The Standard Manual Lift by Pitbull is the best motorcycle lift you can buy because of its multiple features. To start, it comes with a tie down capability using four loops when your bike is on the lift which solves leaking hydraulic fluid, one common problem that comes with motorcycle lifts. The frame of this lift is a fully welded "H" style which increases the overall durability by upping the lift capacity of the jack to 1,450 pounds.

Another really cool thing about this lift is the platform is coated in solvent-resistant rubber, so your bike won't get scratched, especially if it has a new paint job. Combined with the protective powder coating which increases the lifts durability, you'll see this jack is built to last quite a long time. The best part is this model includes a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

OTC 1545 Motorcycle Lift

The 1545 Motorcycle Lift by OTC comes with a huge lift range which goes down to 3.5 inches and all the way up to 16 3/4 inches. This wide range means you'll be able to stop your bike at multiple heights depending on whatever you happen to be working on. You can also remove the jacking handle on this lift, which gives you 360-degree access to your bike. This is a valuable factor to have if you like to move around your bike while you're working on it, or are doing multiple jobs on it simultaneously. This lift also ensures operator safety with two tie down straps provided. The OTC lift also has locking rear casters (wheels) and an automatic safety lock to bike and lift stay in place while you're working.

J&S Jacks Motorcycle Lift Air

J&S Jacks Motorcycle Lift Air

The J&S Jacks Motorcycle Lift Air has a high weight capacity of 2,000 pounds which is great if you have a really heavy motorcycle. It’s capable of raising your bike up to 18.5 inches to give you plenty of room under your bike while it’s in the air. It also comes with a T-bar handle which makes the lift easier to use overall. The lift is painted black to resist corrosion and easier to use in hot weather because it won’t get as hot as naked metal. Like the Pitbull lift, this lift also comes covered by a lifetime warranty.

Snap-on Jack, Motorcycle, 1.5 ton

Snap-on Jack, Motorcycle, 1.5 ton

The Jack, Motorcycle, 1.5 ton by Snap-on features an extra-base lift base to make it more stable than comparable lifts. The lifting platform is lined with two layers of rubber to guard against scratches as well as secure tie-downs for your bike. This jack is also safer to use than other lifts because it comes with an overload valve and safety locks. These safety features ensure sure the lift doesn't go out on you right in the middle of a job.

K&L Supply Co. Multi-Lift Motorcycle Lift

K&L Supply Co. Multi-Lift Motorcycle Lift

Like the Pitbull lift, the K&L Supply Co. Multi-Lift Motorcycle Lift this lift is powder coated to provide maximum corrosion resistance, ensuring the lift lasts as long as possible. It supports up to 1,200 pounds, rises up to a maximum of 17 inches, and includes tie down loops for securing your bike. This lift features pedal-operated valves and locks which are a lot easier to use than hand operated versions. It also has 16 inches of padded contact area to prevent accidental scratches or other damage to your bike.

Christian G. Mill
I am a life long DIY-er and all around tool expert. I grew up helping my father, who was a professional painter, with his business and learning the craft. Before getting into writing, I worked in a bike shop where I gained invaluable experience working with a large variety of both hand and power tools. My knowledge and expertise with tools is only matched by my passion for using them.
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