I've gotten by with just a cheap Venom front and rear stand set.
What I would really like is something like this...
Takes up more room that a traditional stand but has ability to lift both front and rear. A little pricey, though, but if you're looking at spending Pit Bull money it may be something to consider.
Yep they are basically “the best”, but they are expensive. Pick then up used and they are affordable. All of these are “universal” so if you change bikes, all you have to do is adjust the stand. :wink2:I use a PitBull and it works great. In fact I have two of them. I am not going to trust a cheap stand on my little Ninja. She has never been down and I would like to keep it that way.
I forgot about the bolt together ones. I had the T-Rex stands that bolted together and you are right, there was enough slop in the stand that it was hard to lift the bike. Then when lifted, it was wobbly. It worked, but that when I searched for used Pit Bulls. Night and day difference.+1 on the pit bulls or woodcrafts. The key is to get one that's all one welded piece (not including spool brackets). Cheaper ones that you have to put together get slightly bent and twisted out of alignment and overall weaker over time. I'm getting ready to throw mine out cuz im tired of kicking it back into alignment. Plus its embarrassing when you can't get your bike on the stand.
If you're only doing maintenance once/twice year, you can cheap out if you're careful with it. If you're tracking it or removed your kick stand, get something solid for regular use. I double mind up with a wheel chalk and I can hang off the side completely without it tipping over.
I've tried 2 versions. The first was bolt together and had too much play in the connection which made it useless. I sold it and got a one-piece stand from Princess Auto (Canada's version of Harbor Freight). it is very easy to use and inexpensive. I only bought the rear because I don't really need a front stand.Harbor Freight had one for the back for under 100, but I built my own stand to suit my needs. I just lean the bike slightly to the left on the kickstand which lifts the bike and the back tire up , then I slide my lift under the center and then pull the bike back over and hook it to stabilizers that I have built from the top of a beam to hold the handlebars and it just sits there while I work on it. Kind of red neck but it works and does not scratch the bike or bend anything. I can pull the front tire and the back tire off depending on what type of work I'm doing and even at the same time in the bike will just float.