I have crashed my motorcycle many times, but among the more heartbreaking was in my garage, when my long-term SV650 project fell off a pair of jackstands onto its own gas tank, denting it. It was something of a milestone—I never thought I’d be able to actually crash a motorcycle into itself—but this would have been prevented if I had used a Bursig stand instead of my usual jury-rigged swingarm stand/jackstand/car-jack craziness to do a suspension swap.
The Bursig Stand is a cleverly engineered product that lifts a motorcycle via the swingarm pivot and a motor-mount bolt hole (some models need an insert left on the bike). This creates very secure and stable lift points so the three-legged stand (four if you install the optional casters) can hoist both wheels about 3-6 inches off the floor by swinging a lever. You operate the stand next to the bike—not behind it as with a traditional swingarm stand—making getting the bike on the stand a safe and easy one-person job. Once it’s on the stand, you can strip it down to just the frame, swingarm and motor, and even remove the engine with some motorcycles. You won’t need a second (or third) stand (or assistant) to change the front tire or service your front end.
The 35-pound powder-coated steel stand isn’t what you’d call compact…or cheap. But it is easier and lighter to schlep around than separate front and rear stands, and if it’s on the casters it’s easy to roll around a pit area, as long as the ground is reasonably level. It’s also very stable—you can kick or bump the bike and be confident it won’t fall over with an expensive-sounding crunch.
Knut Wagner, who also operates the Remus Exhaust distributor in the USA, sells the Bursig stand. “I look at it as the iPhone of motorcycle stands,” he likes to say, a product that doesn’t just replace the array of stands some of us have in our garages, but actually adds more functionality—you can wheel the bike around in tight spaces or use it to store your bike, as it unloads the suspension and prevents flat spots or rot on your tires.
The German engineered and manufactured product is $575 plus shipping, and the caster set adds $90 to that. It comes with one adapter—specify your motorcycle model when ordering—but additional adapters are $149. Most modern sportbikes from the last 15 years or so are compatible, but some, like our freshly dented SV650, aren’t, as the frame design doesn’t work well with the Bursig. You also have to leave the adapter sleeve on the frame for some models.
I don’t have a compatible bike, but I did try it out with Knut’s Yamaha YZF-R6 track bike at his shop, and found the stand as easy to use as advertised, even if you have to practice with it a little. Match up the prongs to the appropriate holes and swing the lever until it locks into place and you can safely push, roll or bounce around on the mounted motorcycle—it’s as solid as a piece of heavy furniture.
Check out the Bursig USA site at bursigusa.com or call Max Moto at 510/595-3300. Bursig in Germany updates the compatibility list often, so ask your moto-doctor if a Bursig stand may be right for you.
Gabe Ets-Hokin is the Editor of City Bike magazine, and a frequent freelance contributor to MotorcycleDaily.com