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Old 20th November 2018, 10:48 PM
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Default Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Never had need for one before.

Reading loads of mixed opinions on them - is it worth spending the extra on the likes of Harris and the like, or does it make b*gger all difference for a road bike sitting in a garage most days ?

If it does make a difference, is there a sweet spot somewhere where you get a good quality one without having to ay through the nose ?
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Old 20th November 2018, 11:59 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

I bought a dirt cheap pair on Donedeal from a trader based in Portlaoise. They do the job and even the fat arse of the ZRX can be hoisted without much difficulty.

But if I was to purchase again I'd go for either an ABBA stand or, at the very least, a front stand that picks up on the headstock rather than the fork bottoms. That way you're free to work on the front, drop out the forks, the lot.
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Old 21st November 2018, 12:05 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Originally Posted by -alan-
Never had need for one before.

Reading loads of mixed opinions on them - is it worth spending the extra on the likes of Harris and the like, or does it make b*gger all difference for a road bike sitting in a garage most days ?

If it does make a difference, is there a sweet spot somewhere where you get a good quality one without having to ay through the nose ?
Have a pair of these a few years now excellent quality and 80 per pair with postage free from motorcycle shop.ie
https://www.motorcycleshop.ie/oxford...821-1318-p.asp
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Old 21st November 2018, 05:37 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

can't answer on whether harris is better but can say with complete confidence that a warrior set I got from ebay for pocket change is working very well. A peculiarity with the 929 is they have an asymmetric swingarm so i use the rear to lift the bike and get stands under the pegs for wheel and swingarm duties.. here's a pic of the front set at the moment
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Old 21st November 2018, 08:23 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

I use this set up - wouldn't be without a headstock stand...

https://www.cottermc.com/default-cat...tand-rear.html

https://www.cottermc.com/default-cat...165-17-18.html
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Old 21st November 2018, 08:35 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

The alu set off puff. At Morrison bhp are great.

Use them for the s1000rr and the sv
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Old 21st November 2018, 09:03 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Got a universal stand as didn't have bobbins, broke my back.
It had rubber boots on it which were no good and allowed bike to tilt/ weren't a solid support, if it started to tilt one way the whole bike would fall over and that's exactly what happened, it was only 40 euro to be fair.
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Old 21st November 2018, 09:16 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Originally Posted by seano
Got a universal stand as didn't have bobbins, broke my back.
It had rubber boots on it which were no good and allowed bike to tilt/ weren't a solid support, if it started to tilt one way the whole bike would fall over and that's exactly what happened, it was only 40 euro to be fair.
I've got a pair of the very same shite I reckon - mega sketchy! Impossible to get the bike up onto them without a second person to steady the bike
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Old 21st November 2018, 09:42 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

If they aren't already on the bike, invest in a pair of bobbins and fit them to the swingarm. The bobbin+hook setup is way better than using the plastic cups. Easier to lift/put down the bike and provides a sturdier hold on the bike too.

I have one of these:
https://www.motea.com/en/constands-m...er-70000261003

It's handy for maneuvering the bike around, but really only works on smooth surfaces like decent garage floors.

Deffo go for the headstock type stand for the front end. Way, way better than the ones that cup the bottom of the forks. Plus, as already mentioned, you can pop out forks/front end with ease all while still having the bike raised.
For lifting the front end I have one of these:
https://www.motea.com/en/catalog/pro...0/category/92/

Not the cheapest, but they are great bits of kit that have served me well so far...
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Old 21st November 2018, 09:59 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

I bought a cheap red rear stand years ago. Biketek or something similar. Where the uprights bolt to the flat handle part i found a heap of movement. Both tilted to left or right or awkwardly inwards like it has rickets. Anyway if i was doing it again I'd go with the Ali box type stands. Bobbins are great too.
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Old 21st November 2018, 12:32 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

I got this from SBS Click the image to open in full size.

https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/mot...nt_prod/334825

Gets the job done. Haven't used it on the front yet though
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Old 21st November 2018, 12:40 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Originally Posted by corkgsxr
The alu set off puff. At Morrison bhp are great.

Use them for the s1000rr and the sv
Yip, I got a MotoGP set off him and they are spot on.
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Old 21st November 2018, 01:00 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Originally Posted by PJ
Yip, I got a MotoGP set off him and they are spot on.
Have a MotoGP headstock stand and def think they're the best value for money. The rubber wheels are much handier the solid plastic ones on an Oxford paddock stand I have.
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Old 21st November 2018, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Using this. Cheap and sturdy. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ryde-Alumin...ck+stand&psc=1

Sorry, that's a front stand but the rear is there too. Same price.

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Old 21st November 2018, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Originally Posted by seano
Got a universal stand as didn't have bobbins, broke my back.
It had rubber boots on it which were no good and allowed bike to tilt/ weren't a solid support, if it started to tilt one way the whole bike would fall over and that's exactly what happened.
Dear blessus - strangely enough, I'd be hoping to avoid that..

Ill hold off on the front for the moment, and maybe invest in one of those headstock stands - I'll be able to use it working with the other bikes round the place hopefully.

On the rear stand - The bike's in a garage beside a cage, with fk'all room either side of it - so sounds like I need something that's going to be rock solid stable - and easy to work singlehandedly. Would there be much (if any) difference in these two in terms of stability / being easy to use with the different wheel setup on them ? (The bottom link is actually a front and rear, but you get the drift..)

https://www.morrisonbhp.net/apps/web...s/show/2825650

https://www.morrisonbhp.net/apps/web...s/show/1149040
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Old 21st November 2018, 05:17 PM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

The aluminium stand with hooks is the way to go...

Once you set it up to fit your bobbins it's a simple one handed operation...

They are much more stable than the cup type...
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Old 22nd November 2018, 09:27 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

Originally Posted by Bruce
The aluminium stand with hooks is the way to go...

Once you set it up to fit your bobbins it's a simple one handed operation...

They are much more stable than the cup type...
+1 on what he said. Hooks are way more stable, and once you set up the width on them the first time, they fit into the bobbins without any of the faffing about you get with the cup type...
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Old 22nd November 2018, 10:34 AM
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abba stands are mighty youkes, I even got custom fittings for it. to work on the rear just push the front down and visa versa. Its a paddock stand and a workshop stand all in 1 and for 110 at the current drop of the uk pound it will cost not much more in euros.
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Old 22nd November 2018, 10:53 AM
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Any solutions for fitting spools to a cbr600f4i? There's no lug on the swingarm to fit them and like Seano above, the rubber L ones are garbage
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Old 22nd November 2018, 11:01 AM
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Default Re: Paddock Stands - the good, the bad, the ugly ?

[QUOTE=-alan-;3558145]Never had need for one before.

Reading loads of mixed opinions on them - is it worth spending the extra on the likes of Harris and the like, or does it make b*gger all difference for a road bike sitting in a garage most days ?

Don't know much about them, but just spotted these

https://www.xlmoto.ie/proworks-2-in-...r#?list=&pos=3
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