There are other lifts out there (some even cost less money), but these lifts by Pit Bull appear to be very well made, I like how they look, they work great, and will probably outlast me. Sometimes you get what you pay for. I think this is one of those times.
Never having ridden a sport bike before, these lifts were something new to me, but are a great way to get the wheels up off the ground and provide a sturdy platform for working on the bike in the garage or on a tarp at Bonneville. These will definitely be in the trailer when we head out to the salt.
My bike doesn't have spools, making a spooled version unworkable. Fortunately, Pit Bull makes a Universal Rear Stand that doesn't require a spool and cradles the swing arm to pick up the rear of the bike. Although this feels really secure, and I'm not in the least bit worried about it dropping the bike somehow, if you're bike has spools or the attachment point for spools, I think that would be even more secure.
I've never been confident enough to lift the bike onto the rear stand without the help of someone holding the bike level, but I can see how it could be done. There are videos that show guys lifting the bike up on a rear track stand alone, I've just never done it.
One of these days.
NOTE: Since I originally wrote this, I decided to man up and give it a try. It's much easier than you would think (at least what I thought), but you do have to make sure you can balance the bike before you bend down to pick up the stand. Just make sure you're movements are smooth and nothing else (like a Road King) is anywhere near the bike should you drop it.
There are several different types of front stands available if you're looking for a nice front stand, but I chose the triple-tree style stand for this bike. If you want to do anything beyond changing a tire—removing your forks, for example, this is the way to go. There is a pin on the top of the stand that mates to a corresponding hole underneath the triple tree. I was really surprised at how secure the bike feels up on the stand.
NOTE: Be aware the pin size is bike specific, so you'll need to make sure and order the right size pin if your bike (like mine) is an out of the ordinary pin size. I was lazy when I ordered the stand and ordered what looked like the most common pin without measuring the hole or digging deeper into the fitment chart. Do yourself a favor and make sure you order the right pin.
As you push down on the handle, the stand leverages into that hole to lift the wheel. There is an additional pivot point on the front stand that isn't on the rear stand, but once the rear stand is in place (which is absolutely recommended you do first, before you lift with the front stand), it's easy to lift the front of the bike. You won't need anyone's help for this. If you'd like to watch a video of how to use the triple tree stand, click HERE.
Having never used one of these before, I have to admit I was a little intimidated at first. Would the bike feel secure? Would using it feel so awkward I would avoid using the stands? Can I trust the stand to hold the bike the way it's supposed to?
The answer is yes to all three questions. I've had the stands for almost a year and they work as designed and I haven't been disappointed. Sue wonders why I have so many different ways to lift bikes up off the ground to work on them, but I'm convinced the right tool for the job makes the job a lot easier.