How To Build a DIY Table Lift for Motorcycle
How To Build a DIY Table Lift for Motorcycle

How To Build a DIY Table Lift for Motorcycle

Do you work on your motorcycle from time to time and get just tired from the constant back pain you get after repairing it? You don't have to get under the bike in those weird positions at all - instead, you can use a device that you can make at home.

In this article, we will describe how to make a motorcycle table lift. Spoiler alert: it’s not that complicated.

What Is a Motorcycle Lift Table?

A motorcycle lift table is a device that helps you repair a motorcycle from any side you need without much struggle. It is better to put one in your garage or workshop, but if you want to leave it outside under some kind of roof, it is also fine. Just make sure you have enough space for it.

The main reason to get a lift table for yourself is that it grants you the ability to repair your bike with your own hands. With a motorcycle lift work table, you can save some money since you don't need to pay anyone to rent a lift table or repair your bike.

Homemade vs. Purchased Lift Tables

You've probably seen all those expensive lift tables that are available in stores. They have their own benefits like:

  • you don't need to spend time building your own motorcycle lift table;

  • you have a huge range of lift tables and their manufacturers to choose from;

  • you will get a table that is made out of superb steel that doesn't break or bend and can lift up to 1,500 pounds.

But what if you decide on building a motorcycle lift table with your own hands? Here is how you can benefit from this choice:

  • you save some money;

  • you can customize it the way you want;

  • you can build it from any material you have around like pieces of steel, metal or wood.

Basically, a homemade motorcycle lift table is your creation. You will have a good time making it and will be proud of the result.

Whether you get a motorcycle lift table out of the store or make one yourself, make sure it is totally safe and has no issues that may harm you.

Elements and Parts You Need for a DIY Motorcycle Lift Table

So, if you want to know how to build a motorcycle lift table out of wood, here are some suggestions. There are some things you need to have in your toolbox before starting your project. Make sure you have all of them:

  • electric drill;

  • electric saw;

  • paddle bit;

  • wooden piece;

  • pipe wrench;

  • galvanized pipe;

  • galvanized pipe flange;

  • some lag bolts.

In case you want to make an electric motorcycle lift table, you can add actuators to the list. They move the table up and down to make the repairing process easier. The device performance depends on the actuator type. Hydraulic mechanisms are more common because of their features, performance, and portability. A hydraulic motorcycle lift table is controlled with a lever or a pedal that pumps the pressure in the cylinders with hydraulic fluid input.

Photo of the FLT-07 by Progressive Automations

Pneumatic and electric lift tables work the same except for one difference. In a pneumatic one, the compressed air is rising to move the table, and an electric one works from the battery power.

How Much Does It Cost?

According to Ebay, a ready-made new motorcycle lift table will cost you between $1,000 and $2,500. However, you can check out second-hand ones. The prices for those amount up to $700. You just have to know what you need from this table and take into account the weight of your motorcycle.

When you decide to make a motorcycle lift table yourself, it can be cheaper or more expensive depending on the materials you use. If you don’t have a simple tool kit with different screwdrivers, you would need to get that as well.

You can get other materials either in brick-and-mortar stores or online. Also, you might have something useful in your workshop or garage, such as wood, steel or metal. If you don’t have anything you can make a lifting table out of, you can purchase lift table sets. Their cost ranges from $400 to $1,000. The price for wood you need for the top part varies greatly, so you just have to pick one for yourself.


We have covered the main steps on how to make a motorcycle lift table and what instruments you should have in your tool kit.

Overall, it doesn’t really matter if you buy or make your own motorcycle lift table. If you don’t have enough time or skills to do it yourself, you can purchase one or keep visiting your local motorcycle repair shop.

Of course, building one yourself is much more fun and versatile if you know what to do. It will definitely save you some money, and maybe you will even build the same motorcycle lift tables for other people in the future.

Don’t hesitate to try something new if you have everything it takes. It’s always fun and opens new opportunities for you.

Jake Hewer

AZ Engineer