Thursday, May 5, 2011
Product Review - Powerstands Max Rear Lift Stand
The Powerstands Max Rear Lift Stand is perfect for bikes of all shapes and sizes.
Motorcycles mean maintenance and we're the kind of riders who like to tinker on our tanks all on our own. Which means we want our tools to help us, not hinder us, when it comes time to get down and dirty. Any well stocked workstation needs to have a motorcycle lift and with so many different types and manufacturers, we thought we would narrow it down and take a look at the Powerstands Max Rear Lift Stand.
Our biggest highlight of this stand was its versatility. We tend to work on a lot of different types and sizes of bikes and having a different stand for each one is not only a pain, but can get a bit expensive; not to mention will also wreak havoc on your storage space. But the Powerstands Max Rear Lift Stand works well on both bikes with swingarm spools and bikes without swingarm spools. Plus the rubber coated spool hooks won't scratch your swingarm or spools, which has been a problem with other stands we've used. To make the stand even more versatile, it has adjustable lift points which will allow you to fit swingarms with varying widths. If you're going to be working on bikes with larger tires, this will definitely make your life a lot easier.
|The chrome stand comes with a tool box while the black stand does not.
||These stands work well on bikes with swing arm spools and bikes without them.
We also liked how stable the stand is. When your stand is holding that precious bike up off of the ground, you don't want to doubt how well it'll keep it up there. We've found that these lifts are extremely stable and we love that this stand is a rear lift stand which also makes it easy to change tires, do work on your chain and sprockets and clean your bike.
Don't have a lot of storage space? The Powerstands Max Rear Lift Stand has quick release pins that can be removed in order to disassemble the stand for quick storage. These same pins can then be put back in for quick assembly. After all, we've all got enough complicated things to mess with on our rides; who wants to spend time having to mess with their stand? Plus this stand comes with additional hardware that allows you to solidly mount it together if you intend to keep it together for long term use.
Of course, nothing is perfect. For some reason, the chrome version of this stand comes with a tool box while the black stand does not. This means that the chrome stand is a slight bit more expensive. We also noticed that the wheels needed a slight bit of tightening when we first received our stand. We're not sure if all of the stands would need a quick tightening of the wheels or if it was just this particular stand but we recommend giving the wheels a quick check before putting your bike up on it for the first time.
To buy, or not to buy?
So would we buy one of these stands for our own garage? That's a silly question; we already have. We love how versatile this stand is and really couldn't find any serious con's. This stand is a definite "must buy." visit BikeBandit.com's Powerstand page to get your own!