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Old 08-08-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Rear stands. does brand matter?

looking to invest in a set of stands. i know pitbull is regarded as the best, but at 160 each, what am i losing if i grab a pair of some offbrand stands for like $100-$110.?
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Old 08-08-2009, 02:05 PM   #2
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i bought the cheapest ones from cyclegear and they work for what i need it too
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Old 08-08-2009, 02:13 PM   #3
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They make a big difference the first time your bike falls off of them. Do not buy adjustable rear stands either. When they get wet, it's a to get your bike on and off of them. You want a quality front stand as well. Don't skimp, because when you're working on your bike, and torquing on bolts/nuts, you want your baby to be well supported, and not fall on top of you causing hundreds of dollars in repairs. It's kind of like wearing full gear. Some folks never crash, some do, but you dress for crash, not the ride. If you do happen to go down, you'll want good gear to protect you. The same goes for your bike.

Vortex makes good stands too. Spend the money, and buy quality stands. You can shop craiglist or ebay and buy used to save some cash, but get the good stuff.

Also, hit up Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited and use your MH discount to save some cheddar on your new stands. Tell him Tim sent you.
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I bought a cheap one first. It sorta' worked, but was far from confidence-inspiring.

I've since bought Pitbulls, front & rear, used. I think I spent under $100 each. For stands that give me great confidence and which, after all, I can use on a variety of bikes in the coming years, it seems like a reasonable investment. (Not to mention resale value should I (*shudder*) stop riding.) They seem to come up fairly regularly on MH. I got one by watching Craigslist and responding to an ad that included the stand with the bike. The bike was gone and the guy was happy to get rid of the stand.

Just like any other tools: you get what you pay for. Sometimes the cheap one is perfectly adequate ("works for what I need it to"). Sometimes the premium one makes sense (no qualms about using and abusing long-term).
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Either Pitbull or Vortex. Those are the only two I'll lift my bike with. You CAN buy cheap ones and risk your bike falling, and you'll be replacing them in a relatively short time if you usethem a lot. Or you can do it right and spend the money on stands that'll probably last a lifetime.
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no really, dont skimp, u get what u pay for
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you guys r quick. thats all i needed to know. been seeing ads in a few mags for some cheapos, but i was hesitant. thanks.. do vortex stands only work with vortex spools? how bout pitbull?
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you guys r quick. thats all i needed to know. been seeing ads in a few mags for some cheapos, but i was hesitant. thanks.. do vortex stands only work with vortex spools? how bout pitbull?
Nah they work with pretty much any spools
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I had a bike fall off a POS Lockhart phillips stand.
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has anyone used the stands thay flyncycle advertizes in the back of the bike mags? front and rear for something like 90 bucks?
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those are the ones i'm probably talking about. i seen em in ''motorcyclist'' , but i'm sure those r the ones they say to avoid. if my bike falls over due to some crappy stand i would be .
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has anyone used the stands thay flyncycle advertizes in the back of the bike mags? front and rear for something like 90 bucks?
I know folks who use those, and they are very flimsy
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I just picked up a Pit Bull rear stand from Motorcycles Unlimited. 10% off with MH discount.

I considered eBay for a stand to save some cash, but Patrick and Tim make a good point. What you save on the stand you'll end up spending on damage to your bike when it falls off.

I couldn't find one on craigslist. People sold their stands with the bike, not separately.
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Either Pitbull or Vortex. Those are the only two I'll lift my bike with. You CAN buy cheap ones and risk your bike falling, and you'll be replacing them in a relatively short time if you usethem a lot. Or you can do it right and spend the money on stands that'll probably last a lifetime.
^^ What this dood said ^^

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keep an eye on the for sale section and craigslist. i picked up a pitbull rear stand on here for $100.
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A couple of years ago I asked my girlfriend to buy a Pitbull rear stand and she bought me a $50 pos and over time it ha bent where the swingarm sits on the stand so I threw it in the corner of my garage and bought a Pitbull, dont go cheap
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Pit Bull forward handle rear stand FTMFW...most easiest to use stand evah!
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look seriously does it make sense to trust you bike you spent thousands on to a cheap stand?

Is saving even $50 worth it if the bike falls just once?

Even if you catch it you will be uneasy working in the bike in the future - seriously buy a high quality stand (pitbull) and rest easy at night...
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For all the Pit bull plugs we're giving out, we should get a spiff.

Seriously, though, go to Cycle gear and compare them in person. They carry various brands and prices and you can see, feel, touch the difference. Pit bull is definitely the best. Motorcycles Unlimited has the best price for a new stand $139 retail. Cycle Gear lists the same stand at $150 retail.
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PIT BULL, front and rear, don't skimp. I had a bike fall off the stands while changing oil, thank it wasn't mind. Needless to say, when my friend asks what's good, he listen's alot better now...
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