DIY Crutch Jack

One of the tedious chore of maintaining a motorcycle is having to lube the chains every 300 miles. Of course, the mighty TW200 is one of the few dual sport bikes that does not have a center stand. Most people, just put the bike up on a motorcycle stand before heading out for a day ride. However, when you’re traveling on a long distance trip, it was not practical to pack one of those along.  

So, Russ aka Lizrdbrth created a Crutch Jack to prop up the rear tire which allows us to easily spin the wheel while lubing the chain. It was one of my favorite DIY gizmo I used on the trip.I wasn’t sure how he made it so I decided to cruise through his old postings on the TW200forum and discovered it wasn’t him who came up with the idea, it was another forum member, DonBenito. Below is his post on how to make your own Crutch Jack.

It is cobbled together from 2 crutches which can be purchased for approximately $5.00 from a local goodwill store.
So basically, you can create this by shortening one sleeve of the crutch and use the shortened snap-button ends of both crutches.
There’s a lot of variation between sets of crutches, but those were originally made for a very tall person. Here’s what’s left of them:
Short adjusts to 11 5/8, 12 5/8, 13 5/8, or 14 5/8

Long adjusts to 16 3/4, 17 3/4, or 18 3/4

And all 4 pieces disassembled

The short ends clicked into the short sleeve and the 11 3/4 extension both pack away at less than a foot, so you get a lot of range in a jack stand in a pretty compact package.

Today is day 6 of the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at

14 thoughts on “DIY Crutch Jack

    1. Nope, it was one of the challenges of riding a TW200 on a long trip. Myself and many fellow T-dubber tried to find someone willing to modify the Stator to generate more power with no such luck. I ended up using a battery operated heated gear which worked okay but not great.

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