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Old 01-19-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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O.K., so I was thinking the other day. (I know, I know, it can be a dangerous thing... )

I've been riding / racing almost 30 years now. I've seen lots of cool stuff and lots of NOT so coool stuff come down the pike in that time.

So, what I was thinking, how about doing a weekly product comparison / review?

Granted, it's just my opinion, but it would help give some insight into a product, maybe even one you were considering.

So with that in mind, here's my first one:

Vortex rear stand:

We got a rear stand in today at the shop.

Will we be stocking them? Read on...:dontknow:

After bolting it all together, we did some tests:

The Vortex stand is "convertible", meaning it will work on bikes with spools, or by loosening a couple of allen screw and flipping the brackets you can use it on a non spooled bike.

First we tried it's fit: on most bikes it worked well, however when we tried it on a CBR1000RR with spools, it was too narrow by at least 1/4".
Same on an RC51.

On the other bikes we tested; R6, R1, 636 and GSXR it fit fine.

So, if you have a spooled Honda, you may want to think twice about it.

We flipped the brackets over and tried the stand on several non spooled bikes.

The stand fit every bike we tried it on, and the pads were good enough to prevent scarring the swingarm.

Next, we checked stability; The spooled stand was very stable, almost as stable as a non bolted together premium stand, read: Pitbull.

When using it as a non spooled stand it was also fairly stable.
Although not as stable as when using spools, it was still very serviceable.

Last we looked at the overall quality of the stand;
The finish is tough, although there were places around the slot where the mount goes through were already starting to rust some.

Easily fixed with a bit of spray paint but at this level I expect better corrosion resistance.

The handle is removable with a push of a quick release pin and there is a handy storage place for the handle and axle from your bike, nice features.

The spool brackets were a little crude looking, but worked well enough, and the padded side appeared very durable but wish the part the swingarm is supported by were a little longer.

The bolts loosened a bit after a few dozen lifts but we retightened them and carried on.

The wheels were sturdy, well built and turned freely.

Overall I give the stand an A-.

Although I wouldn't recommend it for heavy duty (read shop) use, it was a very serviceable stand at a price almost $20.00 cheaper than it's competition.

If you're looking for a good quality stand that works well at a good price, this stand is a good bet.

(and yes, we will stock them )
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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cool review i was wondering about those stands...
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:24 PM   #3
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I have one and it works very well we use it as a back up at the shop.

Works well and the bikes are easy to move while on the stand, actually I find the bikes move better on the vortex than some of my more pricey stands.

I do rememember having a problem while using it on a spooled bike it was impossible to remove the axle. The axle was hitting the bracket on an 06 R6 I believe. It must be a different model than the one you tested. Mine does not have a removable handle and the spool and swingarm brackets are two seperate brackets.

I have since ordered the one piece bracket to replace the two it came with I will let you know if that solves the problem I am sure it will.
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:05 AM   #4
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Once again, you're the man patrick. keep the info coming and I'll be tuned in every week!!!
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:20 AM   #5
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Patrick, it's me Andy, thank you so much for ordered throttlemeister set. nice and works very well, installation was piece of cake !!! its weight 7grams more than stock bar end each side, better.
Now, in your products preview ( which very helpfull for all riders, i guess ) would you please able to list them in section such as : equipments-tools-control-bike look accessories-engine up grade, chain, gears set ...ect...
Again, i honnor, thank you for yours "master mind" and contribution to me and to Houston "Texans" Riders !!!
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