Uh, are you talking about the center stand that some older bikes (and the baby ninjas) have? And scooters and the like? It's just a different type of stand. It makes it easier to do maintenance and stuff. Nothing wrong with kickstands. The kickstand is for everyday use, parking and the like. The center stand is used for long-term parking and things like chain maintenance and such. But they were pretty trivial, and just added weight once paddock stands caught on, so the manufacturers got rid of them (plus some of them had a nasty tendency of scraping mid-corner).Originally posted by jllohr
i always see these things that prop the bike up so the tires are off the ground. why do people use these?
x2.Originally posted by rbray
Yeah, race stands. Those are nice for long term parking/maintenance as was mentioned by dragknt. I'm planning on getting a full set (front and rear) for storage this winter so I can do some serious work.
Ah...well race bikes use them because they don't have kickstands, and because they can do faster maintenance. At the Daytona 200 (last few years it's been an AMA Formula Extreme race) they actually have to pit in to change tires because the race is like 68 laps...good shit, and they throw those bikes up on the race stands and Duhamel's pit team changed the rear tire in 13 seconds. Freaking nuts.Originally posted by jllohr
haha no no the ones racers use...the kind that arent connected to the bike, you can get them for the front and the back... and lift the bike completley off the ground
I haven't had to go through my first winter yet but I've heard that its bad to keep your bike on the kick stand all winter. As Skywalker pointed out, you can get flat spots in your tires and that will ruin your day.Originally posted by jllohr
just didnt know if it was bad to use the regular kickstand for extended periods(winter...) thanks tho