Ever since I bought the Yamaha WR450 I've been having to pick up the front end, swing it over and set it down on a stepstool that I've been using to hold the bike up to get the wheels off the ground to work on it.
But changing the tires like I just did and having to completely readjust the chain taught me that, for the sake of my poor abused back I needed to find an easier way to get the motorcycle up on a stand.
There were several criteria that had to be met before a stand would work for me. It had to be lightweight, it needed to be compact and easy to store, I wanted it to be relatively easy to use, and last but never the least, it had to be affordable.
A quick visit to Amazon offered numerous solutions to my problem but it appeared only one came the closest to meeting all of my needs,and the Motorsport Products Pro Lift Stand looked just like what I had in mind.
There are several manufacturers that make this stand and some are considerably cheaper than this. But it just so happened that this brand of stand was for sale at Performance Cycle where I recently bought my motorcycle tires and they wanted $130 for it.
I didn't buy it there but I got a chance to pick it up and look it over enough to see that it looked like a quality product. The welds were clean and professionally done, the powder coating was spotless, and it was made out of aluminum so it was lightweight.
It arrived two days later and I put the Yamaha up on it just to try it and it was so easy I couldn't believe it. I could kick myself for not buying this thing a year ago because getting the Yamaha WR450, which by the way weighs 270 pounds, up on a stool by myself was not only difficult but an accident waiting to happen.
But happy days are here again and I no longer have to worry about minor maintenance jobs where getting the bike up on a stand was more difficult than the job I needed to do.