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Do you use them? When do you use them? What kind of things should I look for when going to purchase one?

My 82 Yamaha has a center stand so this hasn't been an issue before. Now that I'm looking to upgrade my bike I also want to keep it as upright as humanly possible (other than the occasional tight corner!). Maybe the little kickstands will hold the bike just fine, it has worked just fine on the Z1000 since July, but for the winter and all I'm thinking I want more stability. I always park my Yamaha on the center stand (just for everyday use) and I don't feel very secure about leaving a brand new bike on a little kickstand.

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My SV doesn't have a center stand, so I have no option. The sidestand on my SV isn't bad at all, I've seen some that leave the bike nearly upright.
 

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the side stand on my Kat gives it a nice safe lean when parked, so it works out pretty well.. But the great advantage of sport-tourer, I hate that label, but ohwell, is having a center stand, My Kat has it, and it's come in handy on a number of occasions..especially maint. and baths. :dthumb:

Here's some info on them from Lockhart Phillips
 

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I can't believe you people don't have bike stands...OMG!!

Get a set of stands. A rear swing arm stand. Pit Bulls are always great. But Lockhart Phillips makes a really nice one that has both the rubber feet to pick up any swingarm and the "U" to pick up a bike with swing arm spools. This way you can do both. If you get the one that's just for spools then if you have a bike at your house w/o, you're screwed.

Then get a front fork stand. They have little feet that go under your front forks and pick up the bike there. They also make a steering nuckle stand. Only used one once, but it has this arm with a rod sticking up out of it that goes in the bottom of your steering nuckle.

I have a set of LP's, rear is just a flat foot (looking to get the one mentioned above) and a front fork stand (looking to get a nuckle stand). With my setup, I use it all the time, when washing it, clean/lubin the chain, and during the winter it's on both. Which takes the tires off the ground about 4"...

They are a must have in any desent garage with a MC!!!
 

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The last thing I want to see is a bike that has fallen into a vehicle while parked in the garage... especially when they go into storage for the winter. I believe a Pit Bull rear stand is what I just bought my step-dad for his Z1000. The local bike shop showed me one in a catalog and I took their word for it. I will probably end up with the same thing for myself.

Thanks for the input, as t means a lot more coming from people who use or have decided not to use 'em.
 

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double2000r6 said:
I use a rear stand with spools. Works for me. I could use a front stand though. Any suggestions?
Rec has a REALLY nice set of LP stands on the floor. The one that I'm talking about for the front and a nice rear. And not for a bad price either!
 

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Hey!! Do we have any site-sponsoring vendors that might broker a special purchase for members of the forum?? It could be win win for everybody!! I could use a set and I am sure there are others here. A vendor could give us a special discount for say, 25 people who buy stands. Even if he breaks in or makes a little, he sold some stands and he has e-mail and addresses for 25 new customers!! I would check him/her out first when making a purchase for an item. I like to do business with the "local" person if I can. How about it ??? Any Vendors out there want to go after some new customers???
 

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Hey!! Do we have any site-sponsoring vendors that might broker a special purchase for members of the forum?? It could be win win for everybody!! I could use a set and I am sure there are others here. A vendor could give us a special discount for say, 25 people who buy stands. Even if he breaks in or makes a little, he sold some stands and he has e-mail and addresses for 25 new customers!! I would check him/her out first when making a purchase for an item. I like to do business with the "local" person if I can. How about it ??? Any Vendors out there want to go after some new customers???

we've got a new official vendor here on TWF,(you'll be seeing their info/banner on the site in the coming week..) in addition to our already great team members.. I dont know if anything like that is possible, but I can check with Shan and he can find out..
 

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we've got a new official vendor here on TWF,(you'll be seeing their info/banner on the site in the coming week..) in addition to our already great team members.. I dont know if anything like that is possible, but I can check with Shan and he can find out..

Let me check for you.
 

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Compared to Center stands, rear stands SUCK! They cause bike falls, they cause stress and anger, and are just a general pain in the ass. God I wish one of those smart Japanese mofo's would figure out how to include lightweight center stands that wouldn't drag into modern bikes.
 

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wHILE I'M WITH YA PICKLE ON WANTING A CENTER STAND ON A SPORTBIKE. i WOULD LOVE TO HAVE TO HAVE ONE WHEN PARKING MY BIKE OUTSIDE. nO WORRIES ABOUT SINKING, WIND OR MUCH LESS ANYTHING THAT COULD CAUSE A FALL OVER.

i MUST DISAGREE WITH YA ON THE REAR STANDS SUCK! i LOVE MY REAR STAND AND i'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING A EVEN BETTER ONE! i COULDN'T OWN A mc W/O ONE!

sHAN KEEP US ADVISED ON THE PROGRESS OF A DISCOUNT!
 

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im not sure how a rear stand, would cause a bike to fall, unless something weird happened..but if you got a the front wheel on the ground to stablize it, or put the front wheel on a stand, its pretty stable over all. sands the occasional dog jumping up on ur bike and pushing it over or something :lol:
 

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yEAH i KNOW! i HAVE A BIKE IN MY GARAGE THAT i'M WORKING ON FOR A BUDDY OF MINE AND ITS ON MY FRONT AND REAR STAND FOR MORE STABILITY! lIKE i SAID BEFORE got to have stands!!!
 

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Some of you are lucky enough to have spool types... those ones work well... but for the rest of us with no spools... well then yeah, rear stands suck.


When my shed is finished I will use the tie-downs from the roof method.
 

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I have rear spools but my current stand doesn't use them. They just have the little "L" style feet brackets. It works great. I know Dyno a guy from WOS just had a recent incident with a rear stand like mine but we still aren't sure what caused that.

I love all rear stands. And I'm proud of it!

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Sheesh, I've had my bike fall in the garage with the side stand. I was changing the oil and the side stand wasn't all the way forward, not enough to tell visually, but enough where it collapsed and my bike fell.

It cost me $26 for a new clutch lever. :cursin:

My point here, is that your bike can fall with any stand if the circumstances are right.
 

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still gives me the chills now and then when I put it on the side stand and the weight of the bike settles as the stand sets itself onthe ground. :eek: I always double/triple check that the stand is ALL the way down, before I lean it over.
 
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