Whether it's aluminum, plastic, steel, or maybe it's just a piece of wood; either way we all have something that we call a bike stand. Over the years I've had a bit of everything, from using an old milk crate, to a beater hand-me-down aluminum stand, and even some lift stands for working on the bike in the shop. However, the latest one I've been hauling around is a lightweight plastic stand from MotoConcepts, the MotoStand.
- Stackable with other MotoStands.
- Full customizable graphics kits available.
- Can carry a five-gallon fuel can when flipped upside down.
- Injection-molded plastic construction.
- Currently available in eight colors.
- MSRP: $69.95.
While there are a couple of house-brand stands that are a tad bit cheaper than the MotoStand, it's fairly inexpensive compared to the other name brands on the market. Overall, it's a simple design, and some of the brighter color options really pop. While I had a standard stand to beat up on for a few months, we also had a few more made with custom graphics for our 250F Shootout. For the most part, I just gave them very basic info on what we were looking for, and they created some designs that I was pretty stoked on. There are quite a few options to customize them; whether you want sponsor logos, your name and number, contrasting colors, or maybe even just a cool design. Any of this will just cost you $29.95.
In the Shop/At the Track
I feel like there are two ways to judge a stand; how it works out at the track and how it works in the shop. Personally, I favored the MotoStand for track use for a few reasons. First off, the OEM color options and available custom graphics really popped. It's light and easy to throw in your van or truck, plus a gas can fits snugly inside of it, which helps conserve space. The plastic construction holds up better than the paint or coatings on metal stands as they slide around in the back of your truck, or just get hammered at the track. It can even double as a decent tire-changing stand at the track if flipped upside-down, but it's definitely a little on the short side to make that a regular occurrence. Once back home, the MotoStand easily washes off and looks brand new, time after time. My one complaint at the track actually has a bit to do with the four-sided base. This can make it a bit more challenging if the area you're using isn't totally level. A two-legged stand can straddle over edges or bumps, and be moved to work around a bit. But a four-sided stand will teeter a bit if the ground isn't very level. On the other hand, it's very stable due to the four-sided construction when on fairly level ground. I never had an "whoops" moment where the stand toppled when throwing the bike onto it.
At home in the shop, I found it a bit less favorable for a few reasons. One, even though it has a hole in the center of the stand to drain the oil, it's hard to find an oil drain pan that'll fit inside of the stand due to the encased bottom design. Second, the lack of a tool tray that can be placed in the bottom can be considered a drawback, if you use them as much as I do. Also, although the MotoStands are stackable, they sit almost directly on top of each other. While most other stackable stands sink farther into each other to take up less room. Once again, the customizable looks of the stand can help your shop area look a bit more professional, especially if you have more than one bike that needs a stand.
After a few months of use and abuse on one of the MotoStands, I haven't found any complaints in terms of the durability. The four-sided bottom and strong overall build keeps the plastic stand from bowing and bending under force, which means I've yet to see any cracks or discoloration in the stand. Also, the rubber top has a ton of grip, and is well attached to the top of the stand...unlike the majority of rubber tops that are riveted to the top of aluminum stands.
I was very happy with the durability of the stand when it came to soaking it with chain lubes, degreasers, fuel, and even blasting it at point-blank range with a pressure washer for weeks on end. The stand still has great color and doesn't show the affects from any of this abuse.
The Last Word
Honestly, I like the clean design and look of the MotoStand, especially with a good set of graphics onboard. I think they look great at the track, their light weight is awesome, and they're easy to clean...along with being fairly affordable. On the other hand, I don't think that it's the most versatile stand when it comes to the mechanic that may miss a few things; such as a tool tray or easier access for an oil drain pan. If you're not worried about those things, then I would definitely recommend one. For me personally, though, the rating slips a bit due to the shortcomings that caught my attention.
Vital MX Rating: 3 1/2 Stars - Very Good
Check out MotoConcepts.com to see all the options for the MotoStand, along with their other moto products.
About the Test Rider
Michael Lindsay - is a born-and-raised moto freak and gearhead from the heart of motocross in Southern California. First swinging a leg over a bike at the age of five, he immediately caught the racing bug, spending nearly every weekend behind a gate…and a lot of time on the couch while injured. While swinging back and forth between moto and the off-road scene, giving him a wide range of experience on the bike. Of course, all of this led to one thing: Lindsay loves working on his bikes almost as much as he loves talking about them. When he’s not in the Vital MX forum or writing his latest product review, you can find him out at the track taking dirt naps, snapping some pictures, or drooling over the latest parts for his bike. With an outspoken personality, gearhead background, and as Vital MX’s guru for product, Michael is here to share his unbiased opinion.
Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay