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?
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.
Rear looks great. I don't know about the front stand? Just the way it goes into the forks that worries me. But that may be just me.
Current Street squiding bike
Honda XR100 Mini Supermoto
I've for a set front and rear. The front goes under the fork and I don't use it in the S1000rr because it has slipped off twice. I use the Powerstands at the track for my Gixxer for the tire warmers and they've been dependable for the last five years. However, as I said, not my choice as a front stand for the BMW.