How to Build a Motorcycle Lift? DIY For Newbies

Unless you’re a daredevil, you should NEVER think of conducting routine maintenance on your motorcycle without a lift. This is dangerous as the bike can fall on you. Plus, without a lift, you’ll really struggle to access some parts and components of your bike.

To cut a long story short, a motorcycle lift is a necessary investment if you want to make your motorcycle maintenance easier and more comfortable.

However, lifts aren’t the cheapest aftermarket motorcycle investments. If you’re a handyman and want to save a couple hundred dollars, the following guide will teach you how to build your own motorcycle lift in the comfort of your garage.

Building Your Own Motorcycle Lift—DIY Guide

There are multiple DIY projects out there you can use to come up with a homemade motorcycle lift. However, you need to carefully choose one that matches your skills to enable you to easily work on it from start to finish. You also need to keep in mind the availability of materials required when choosing the right DIY project.


In this guide, we’ll focus on two main DIY projects; one for beginners and another for more skilled handymen.

Let’s start with the beginner-friendly project…

DIY Project 1: Building A Wooden motorcycle Lift

For this DIY guide, we’ll explain how to make a jack lift using simple and readily accessible tools and supplies. If you already have scrap woods around from your previous projects, then you won’t even need to spend a lot of cash.

You’ll be surprised that you’ll only have to spend a fraction of what you’d have paid if you were to order the best motorcycle lift from your local motorbike store today.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Electric drill with 1 3/8 paddle bit
  • Electric power saw
  • Piece of wood (measurements: 4 x 8 x 3 inches)
  • 4 x 1-inch galvanized pipe
  • 1-inch galvanized pipe flange
  • Small pipe wrench
  • A pencil and ruler
  • A lag bolts

Step-by-step guide:

Step 1. Assuming that you have already cleared enough area in your garage for working on your homemade lift, grab the piece of wood we mentioned in the supplies list above and, with a pencil and ruler, mark the 8-inch side on the center, 3.5 inches from the end.

Step 2. Next, grab your electric drill, and with the 1 3/8 paddle bit in place, make a hole through the piece of wood at the mark you have made in the previous step. Note that this hole ought to be drilled right through the 4-inch thick part of the wood.

Insert the 1-inch galvanized pipe flange into this hole and move to the next step.

Step 3. Now mark up to 4 points on the wood, equidistant from each other, and drill holes through those marks. The purpose of these holes is to help you easily insert and fasten the lag bolts.


Step 4. When you’re done drilling the holes, insert the lag bolts into each hole. Insert a piece of the galvanized pipe into the hole where you inserted the pipe flange in step 2 and then thread it into the pipe flange.

Step 5. Finally, tighten all the lag bolts using the pipe wrench, and you’re done.

That’s all! You have just made a motorcycle jack lift in 5 easy steps, and it’s now ready to lift your bike for easy and comfortable repairs!

DIY Project 2: Building A Heavy-duty Steel Motorcycle Lift Table

A motorcycle lift table enables you to service your bike comfortably. It places your bike at a comfortable (adjustable) height, where you can easily access its components without straining.

Moreover, its platform enables it to act as the perfect solution for conveniently storing your bike during winter or if you don’t play to ride for an extended period of time.

In this section, we’ll outline the steps of making your own heavy-duty steel motorcycle lift table at the comfort of your garage.

This particular DIY project is ideal for those who suck at working with plans. The project comes in the form of an easy to follow video tutorial (attached below).

This is how the final product should look like:


Photo: Paso motorcycle lift design

However, keep in mind that this is a more advanced DIY project and not for beginners. Some drilling and welding will be needed, which increases its handiness.

At the end of this project, you should have a heavy-duty motorcycle lift table that works just like the commercial units and serves you for a long period of time.

Here’s the video tutorial:

Final Verdict

If you don’t have enough money to invest in an off the shelf motorcycle lift or you’re simply a DIY enthusiast, then you can build your own motorcycle at the comfort of your garage. In this guide, we have shared with you two DIY projects; a wooden motorcycle jack lift project for beginners and a heavy-duty steel motorcycle lift table project for more skilled handymen.

Whichever project you choose to work on, you’ll end up with a fully functional lift that enables you to comfortably conduct repair and maintenance on your motorcycle.

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