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I just got a mechanic's stand. I was reading that people have a hard time balancing the bike and scooping up the rear wheel. I used motorcycle tie-downs from my handlebars to my ceiling rafters in the garage and it worked great. I realized when I was setting it up that you wouldn't even need the mechanic stand if you we're to just change the oil.
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I was reading that people have a hard time balancing the bike and scooping up the rear wheel.
I use the Pitbull Forward Handle Rear stand. It is as simple as this!


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Question on stands.... I bought a generic no name front stand last year and while it works it just barely lifts the front wheel and forces the handle bars over as there is no center pos for the pin under the triple tree. What are other people using to lift the front. Is there a better alternative out there?

Not sure if other people have had similar experiences but I bought the cheapest rear stand I could find and it has bent out of shape not to mention it is unstable with the bike elevated. Wish I had of spent more and got a Pit Bull or something of similar quality.

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Thanks Capt Kirk for the video. Looks easy but does the lever change for a heavier bike or is it a universal prop ? Also a front lever seems to be more practical for a one-man-job in balancing the bike.
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I'm using that Pit Bull Forward Handle Rear Stand also, and it works great.
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Looks easy but does the lever change for a heavier bike or is it a universal prop?
It is fully adjustable for other machines!
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Question on stands.... I bought a generic no name front stand last year and while it works it just barely lifts the front wheel and forces the handle bars over as there is no center pos for the pin under the triple tree. What are other people using to lift the front. Is there a better alternative out there?
Not sure I get what you are asking?? I have a combo front stand. I can lift by the bottoms of the fork or add the converter to it and lift the triple tree with the pin?


There is a center position for the pin on the Versys. You just need to pull the rubber plug out and put it back when you are done. Watch the front brake hose. I unhook mine and move it aside when using the center pin.


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+1 for the pit-bull one arm stand. Very easy to use and solid construction.
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Question on stands.... I bought a generic no name front stand last year and while it works it just barely lifts the front wheel and forces the handle bars over as there is no center pos for the pin under the triple tree. What are other people using to lift the front. Is there a better alternative out there?

Not sure if other people have had similar experiences but I bought the cheapest rear stand I could find and it has bent out of shape not to mention it is unstable with the bike elevated. Wish I had of spent more and got a Pit Bull or something of similar quality.
I have a T-Rex front stand in AZ and in BC, both with the extra piece to go into the triple-tree for removing wheels, etc. I have the T-Rex rear stand in AZ, but a Harbor-Freight one here in BC. I MAY replace it w/ another T-Rex....

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