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Product Review

Lockhart Phillips swingarm stand (Motorcycle Stand)

If you own a sport-type motorcycle, chances are that it has no center stand. In fact, more and more types of motorcycles are being sold without the once-prevalent center stand. This is generally not a big problem until you attempt to do some basic maintenance work. Without the use of some type of motorcycle stand that keeps the motorcycle upright with the rear wheel off the ground, even doing something as basic as lubing your chain becomes more tedious.

Enter a swing arm stand:

A good motorcycle stand allows you to raise your rear wheel off the floor while keeping the motorcycle nice and stable. In addition, once I lever the bike off the ground, I can move it forwards or backwards a little to better position the it.

I’ve been using the Lockhart Phillips swingarm stand whenever I need to do anything around the motorcycle. I also use it when storing the motorcycle in the off season.

I’ve found this motorcycle stand to be easy to use, reliable, and secure. As soon as you get the hang of it by practicing with another person (just in case), lifting the bike onto the stand becomes an easy one person operation.

As with good motorcycle stands, the Lockhart Phillips swing arm stand provides a wide and stable base of support. This wider base of support allows the motorcycle to be much more stable than when using a center stand.

Easy process:
- Point the front wheel straight ahead
- Balance the motorcycle vertically (with a little practice for confidence building,
_/this becomes an easy one person job)
- Tip the motorcycle stand and push in under the swing arm
- Make sure that the supports are sufficiently along the length of the swing arm
- Pull back on the motorcycle stand handle and push down.

The motorcycle stand will lever the bike up and backwards as you push the handle towards the floor. This is a secure, one hand operation and requires very little effort as the stand does all the work.

The bike is now solidly positioned and will not move. You can now perform the required maintenance.

To set the bike down:
- I point the front wheel straight ahead
- Deploy the side stand
- While holding the strap on the passenger seat, I gently let the bike down
- Grasping handlebar and seat-strap, gently lower bike onto side stand.

What I found:

The Lockhart Phillips swing arm stand has been easy to use and has been reliable. It provides a secure base. I just make sure that the supports are sufficiently along the length of the swingarm before lifting. Since lifting results in a backwards motion, you don’t want the stand to risk slipping off the end of the swingarm if the contact point is too close to the edge.

The Lockhart Phillips swing arm stand is painted an attractive white color. I found that if the stand is exposed to humidity, there may develop some yellow rust stains around the weld joints. I’m not sure why. Maybe the paint is somewhat porous. But preventing these rust stains is easy enough. Just a quick pass with a rag and any automotive car wax will seal the paint and provide a protective barrier against humidity.

If I had a choice, I’d like the cross bar of the Lockhart Phillips motorcycle stand to be maybe an inch or so lower. Depending on how level the floor is or lack of, the cross bar sometimes butts up against the lower edge of the fender/license plate flap. Not much, but enough to sometimes jam a little. This only occurs during insertion, not lifting. Once past the fender flap, you can position the supports along the length of the swing arm.

The Lockhart Phillips motorcycle stand also allows for adjustable width of the swingarm supports to allow to fit a wide variety of motorcycles.

Other than that, the Lockhart Phillips swing arm stand has been a strong and reliable performer. I expect it to provide many more years of service.

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