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Pit Bull Rear Stand Review

After reading several posts on stands I finally pulled the trigger on the Pit Bull forward handle rear stand that Capn Kirk recommended. Got it today and................... I'm IMPRESSED!

Build quality is outstanding, this thing feels bomb proof. I have no doubts that it will probably outlast me and the V. I ordered the spooled version and a set of the Pit Bull 10mm spools and it works perfect. I had a little trouble the first time I used it but once I realized how stable the bike is on the stand I was able to pop it right up no problem. I'm very happy with it, and I think my previously neglected chain appreciated the attention.

Ordered the stand and spools from SportBike Track Gear and would also highly recommend them. Good price, quick shipping, and excellent communication. Here's the link to the stand for anyone interested http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=78.

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After reading several posts on stands I finally pulled the trigger on the Pit Bull forward handle rear stand...
Now you need the front stand combo that lifts by the bottom of the forks as well as the pin under the triple tree (that is if you want to do any front wheel removal or maintenance) . I find it handy while working on the bike to have the bike lifted up a bit and stable. Let me know if you need help with part numbers!
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It is brilliant indeed I use it on both my Versys and my 570lbs MT-01...easy.
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It is brilliant indeed I use it on both my Versys and my 570lbs MT-01...easy.
I LOVE the looks of MT-01. It looks like tons of fun!
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I LOVE the looks of MT-01. It looks like tons of fun!
It is indeed a "ton" of fun! This is by far the most fun bike I've ever tried. Wish it was 100lbs lighter when moving around at slow speeds but once you get going it handles like a charm and it's got so much torque and character.
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I've never got the nerve to try lifting by the forks, but have complete confidence In the triple tree lift (after the 1st lift).
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Perfect timing. I was just about to pull the trigger on the same stand. I was concerned about getting chain lube all over the handle since it hangs forward. Do you have to cover the handle with a rag or is it just not an issue?
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I just clean the stand once in a while with WD-40 takes 10 seconds.
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Can't go wrong with PitBull stands. Best ones on the market, they have excellent customer service. (I've always ordered directly from PitBull, awesome company). You'll buy it once, they are so well-made.
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Perfect timing. I was just about to pull the trigger on the same stand. I was concerned about getting chain lube all over the handle since it hangs forward. Do you have to cover the handle with a rag or is it just not an issue?
Non-issue. The forward handle of the pitbull is away from the chain. I do slide a narrow and long piece of cardboard under the tire/chain to catch any drippings (I use dupont chain lube), as well as wedging a second long a narrow piece from the rear between the muffler and chain to keep the spray off the muffler.
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I've never got the nerve to try lifting by the forks, but have complete confidence In the triple tree lift (after the 1st lift).
Agreed. I have the components to lift both ways but have only lifted the front by removing the plug, moving the brake line aside then lift with the pin under the triple tree.

Of course when you say 1st lift, the rear is always first onto the stand, then the front.
Never lift the front without the rear in the air first.
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Pitbull products are really some quality products. The boys and I have several of their stands (which I feel is the best on the market) and I was selected by them a couple years ago to test their steering stabilizers at Land Speed events. I have made numerous passes over 200mph at several different venues around the country without a hitch. The dampner has proven itself and looks great while doing so!

Charlie VanValkenburgh who built and owns Pitbull left a job in Huntsville, AL at NASA to open his shop.......he really is a Rocket Scientist.
Charlie is an avid motorcyclist and racer.

Below is an article about Charlie's BMW that my youngest son Chad rode to become the first BMW S1000RR to crack 200mph in the world.

They are a great company to deal with and very fine folks.

http://bmwmcmag.com/2010/11/s1000rr-...e-200mph-club/

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Agreed. I have the components to lift both ways but have only lifted the front by removing the plug, moving the brake line aside then lift with the pin under the triple tree.

Of course when you say 1st lift, the rear is always first onto the stand, then the front.
Never lift the front without the rear in the air first.
When I first looked at the front stand I thought N F W... Then I plugged it in & got the picture
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Tape up the right side spool catch..

It's hard to see and easy to scratch the swingarm. I have the paint code if you forget
It is the best rear stand for sure.
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To avoid scratching swing arm, I dipped the stand in plasti-dip.
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That's a great idea Kawa! How long since you did it and how's it holding up?

I also really dig the MT-01. Things just dripping with character, its one of those bikes you can stare at all day and never get bored. Would love to have something similar some day. Really like the Z1000.

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I've been using the pitbull for about a year with 2 bikes, and the middle where the spool sits cuts through fairly quickly, but the top part stays well covered with plasti-dip, and has prevented any scratches on my bike. I put like 2-3 coats on it.
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