Motorcycle Jack Buying Guide – Top Seller Comparison
If you love to ride motorcycles then you will agree that there are few things more thrilling than thundering down a windy mountain pass with the wind in your face. The power and beauty of a motorcycle under your complete control is nearly surreal at times. Most motorcycle lovers have such a strong bond with their bike that they want to be the one who takes care of it when it comes time to do routine maintenance. Having your own motorcycle jack can make routine maintenance and repair much easier to accomplish. Say goodbye to dangerously balancing your motorcycle on a regular floor jack and let us help you buy a motorcycle jack that suites your needs.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A motorcycle JACK
- LIFTING CAPACITY – Although motorcycles don’t weigh as much as passenger vehicles, it is still important that you choose a motorcycle jack that had adequate lifting capacity for the weight of your motorcycle. Unlike a traditional floor jack that only lifts a portion of a passenger vehicle’s weight, a motorcycle jack supports all of the motorcycle’s weight. Keep in mind that the functional capacity of a motorcycle jack is often less than its maximum rated capacity.
- Carriage width – The carriage width is the distance between the two outside edges of the motorcycle jack support platform. The larger the width, the more stability the motorcycle will have while on the jack. Larger carriage width also allow you to lift other things with the jack such as ATVs and jet skis, and snow mobiles.
- LIFTING RANGE – Every motorcycle jack has a different minimum and maximum lifting height. If you need to lift you vehicle a considerable distance off the ground, or if your lifting points are high due to large tires then consider purchasing a floor jack with a high lifting range. The most important thing to consider is that the jack can reach the underside of your bike and still have enough additional lifting distance to raise your motorcycle off the ground. some of the higher end motorcycle jacks come with adapter plates that can increase the lifting height of the jack.
- FRAME RIGIDITY – This is not something that many people think about when it comes to motorcycle jacks. However, when lifting a heavy bike, a frame that lacks rigidity can cause excessive bouncing. It can also cause the frame to bow in the center making it bottom out when being rolled over uneven concrete joints. Rigidity is mostly determined by the design of the jack and is not something that can be determined visually. In general, larger footprint jacks tend to be less rigid, but more stable from tipping over. Smaller footprint jacks are the opposite.
- BASE FRAME FOOTPRINT – One of the things that many people like to use their motorcycle jack for is lifting their bike so that they can sit on a rolling stool and clean or polish it. The footprint of the motorcycle jack’s base frame needs to be large enough to provide stability from tipping, but not so large that it interferes with walking or wheeling a stool around the lifting bike. Some jacks have such a large base frame that it is hard to get close to the middle portion of the bike with a rolling stool. The size of the base frame also determines how close you can role you bike to the wall in the lifted position.
- CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL – Motorcycle jacks are made out of steel, aluminum, or a combination of both. If you are going to primarily use your jack in and around the garage, I would recommend that you purchase a jack made out of steel. If you need to move your floor jack from place to place then a lighter aluminum one is the way to go.
- LOCKING POSITIONS – The locking positions are positions where the motorcycle jack can be released from hydraulic pressure and still remain in the lifted position. This acts as both a safety mechanism for short term lifts and a means to store a motorcycle for extended periods without damaging the hydraulic cylinder from supporting a constant load. Most every motorcycle jack comes with this feature, but the number of locking heights varies from jack to jack.
Top 10 Motorcycle Jack Comparison Chart
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|Central Hydraulics||Alum||1500 lbs||19-0"||68 lbs||5||160|
|ATD Tools 7461||Steel||1500 lbs||15-0"||50 lbs||5||150|
|Craftsman Professional||Alum||1500 lbs||17-3/8"||44 lbs||5||245|
|PowerZone 380047||Steel||1700 lbs||14-1/2"||62 lbs||4.3||115|
|Black Widow||Steel||1500 lbs||13-3/4"||62 lbs||4.0||138|
|OTC 1545||Steel||1500 lbs||16-3/4"||74 lbs||4.0||201|
|Central Hydraulics||Steel||1500 lbs||16-0"||98 lbs||3.8||70|
|Black Widow||Steel||1500 lbs||16-1/2"||85 lbs||3.5||150|
|Larin MAL-2C||Steel||1500 lbs||16-0"||88 lbs||3.3||190|
|Craftsman||Steel||1500 lbs||17-3/8"||?||Not Rated||0||130|
|Pro-Lift T-2152||Steel||1500 lbs||14-1/2"||63 lbs||Not Rated||0||115|