WHAT IS IT? The perfect bike stand for the weak, lazy,
feeble, old or smart. General Electric’s old slogan, “Better
living through electricity,” couldn’t be more true than
when applied to putting a bike on a stand.
WHAT’S IT COST? $349.95.
CONTACT? (800) 831-9043 or www.powerliftsystem.com
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Systems Power Lift electric bike stand.
(1) Concept. The human body, save for those of some
Bulgarian powerlifters, wasn’t designed to hoist 240
pounds straight up 20 inches and swing it another 20
inches to the right (we don’t know anybody who picks
his bike up from the right side). The fact that every
motocross racer has mastered this feat is testament to
the power of the human will. Most MXA test riders use
the “hip flip” method, which is like doing the mambo
with a hippo. Over the years enterprising inventors have
designed all manner of foot-operated leverage devices to
make the job easier, albeit a little unstable. But, no one
ever harnessed the power of electricity to do the work—
until the Systems Power Lift electric stand. Not only does
it lift the bike for you, but it will make your chiropractor
( 2) Power. The Power Lift bike stand uses an 18-volt
lithium battery to power a worm-drive gear that
raises and lowers as much as 440 pounds. The battery is
rechargeable and hidden inside the pyramid-style plastic
shell. Three struts lift the rubber-covered work surface,
although only the center strut is powered. There are
foot-operated up-and-down buttons that are large enough
to activate with your boots on.
( 3) Battery life. In durability tests we were able to
raise and lower the Power Lift 95 times with a bike on it
before the battery ran down. By our count, we lift our test
bikes 10 times in the course of a race day. Simple math
reveals that the battery would have to be recharged
once every nine riding days.
( 4) Technique. The trick is to position the bike over
the stand by angling the front wheel in such a way
that the bottom of the frame is centered over the work
surface. Then, after lifting the bike up to its full height,
we spin the bike on the stand to straighten it. Sadly,
we could not ride up to the stand and do the same
thing, because our weight lowered the bike too much
to clear the top of the stand; however, some MXA test
riders developed a Hopalong Cassidy-style of riding into
the pits and stepping off the bike at the last second to
clear the stand. We don’t recommend this trick. In its
lowest position, the top of the stand is 12 inches off the
ground. In the up position, it is 18 inches off the ground.
It easily lifts both wheels off the ground, and for
slanted frames like KTMs, Huskys and Yamaha two-
strokes, there is a stick-on strip to raise the front wheel..
( 5) Good stuff. The top of the stand has a carrying
handle cut into it. There is a disabling key that locks the
stand so that small children can’t accidentally bring it
down. The battery charger plugs into a port on the side
of the stand for easy recharging.
( 6) Performance. It works great.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We had three minor
quibbles. (1) The jack for the recharging plug fell out
but still worked. ( 2) The top is small and slippery. We
added grip tape to the metal ring that holds the rubber
pad down. ( 3) The struts can squeal if they are under
torque from the side. This could be fixed with a dry
This is a must-have. Your back
SYSTEMS POWER LIFT ELECTRIC BIKE STAND
will thank you later.
MXA TEAM TESTED