Since public opinion seems to have shifted to Harleys being cool, the bike workstand has become pretty mainstream. There are plenty of hydrualic, electric, pneumatic, and manual stands available to raise your bike up to a comfortable working level. Quite a while ago, I ran across a cool homebrew stand in The Old Bike Journal. A few years ago I found what I believe to be the same stand with a little bit better drawing and a much better description. The difference here is the former was done by a guy into vintage dirt bikes and the latter by a Ducati enthusiast with more than a passing interest in engineering. I planned most of the layout of the garagemobile around this stand. Perhaps that was a bit much but my Dad built one and his has been holding his Bultaco Metralla up since he built it about 8 years ago. Yeah he restores at the speed of a glacier, but I digress. The plans call for two sheets of 3/4 plywood and half of one sheet will be left over. Knowing this, I made my workbench to accomodate the leftover plywood and also designed in enough room under the bench for the stand to fit. The garagemobile is fairly small and space is limited. In the event that (gasp!) I would have to put a car in it the stand can be tucked away. Apparently, the plans originally came from the Norton Owner's Club newsletter. I took the plans that I found over at the Eurospares site and pretty'd them up, made a few changes, and put together a nice 24 x 36 blueprint of it. I then promptly lost the plans that I put together. No worries, using the plans from the Eurospares site and the Old Bike Journal plans I built one without my fancy-pants blueprint. The idea here is the top pivots to be the ramp the bike rolls up on. The bike will then pivot forward and the ramp becomes the top of the stand. There is a flap(?) that also pivots and supports the rear of the bike after the top is level. My description here is faily lame so just check out the pictures. I added a few features to my stand that were not in the plans. This thing weighs about 47 metric tonnes so I added two wheels to one end and a handle to the opposite end. This allows me to wheel the stand around when there is not a bike on it without much trouble. Doing woodwork in the garage makes alot of dust so I cleaned the garage out today now that the paint is dry enough to bolt on all the hardware. Oh and while cleaning the garage I found the plans I made.
*Had a bit of trouble posting extra pics. See the post below for more.