I purchased PitBull stands for my previous bikes, and spent a pretty penny for them, just to have the "convenience" of having a forward handle for the rear stand. Then i wised up, learned how to properly hold the bike upright while using a standard rear stand, and started purchasing cheaper solutions. I'm using these now:
Got my Lockhart Phillips stands today. Wow, gotta say they are awesome. More like furniture then a tool. Light and VERY solid and much cheaper then the Pitbulls. No way the bike can get off these without my permission. I got the slider version and I'm still up in the air if I'm going to put any on so for now a grade 8 cap screw works to lift the back end. Finally I can get my chain lubed the way I like and get those wheels sparkling
Pics are cellphone crappy weather quality.
I got silver spools and the handle forward pit bull stand today. I must admit, I was nervous getting it sized and set and then singlehandedly jacking my bike up. I felt like I was one small misstep from a royal f**kup.
But it went great and I shall use the same caution in the future. Solid. I dig the quality and the engineering of this stand.
I did raise the arms a few CMs higher after these pics for better rear wheel clearance.
You can buy front and rear stands from Company X for $150. You eventually realize that Pit Bull stands are better and pay $360 for the Pit Bull stands.
For whatever reason, you decide you don't need stands anymore (quit riding, bought a Harley, etc.). You sell your stands. You get a quick $250 for your Pit Bull stands. Meanwhile, no one wants your stands from Company X, and you get to deal with people on Craigslist offering to trade you a used muffler off their 96 civic.
Or you can just buy Pit Bulls right from the beginning.
In the end (assuming no failures with your Company X stands), which ones cost you more?