The Fly Sport Bike stand retails for $119.95, which is more expensive than many stands with fewer features. However for sportbike stands with adjustability features, Fly's offering appears to be a good deal. With optional colors of brushed blue, brushed gold, gunmetal, and polished aluminum the Fly Sport Bike Stand gives riders an unusual number of options.
Motorcycles and more specifically, sportbikes have undergone an evolution over the years. Manufacturers have reduced weight on high performance machines by eliminating components that are not absolutely necessary, therefore the once trusty center stand went the way of the proverbial dinosaur in an effort to make machines lighter.
The swing arm stand has come to replace the center stand and gives do-it-yourself mechanics the ability to do chain maintenance or rear wheel change outs with ease. While the concept of the swing arm stand is phenomenal, quality is not always as good as the idea. Bad stands have been the bane of sport rider's existence over the past twenty years, and there is every reason to do some research to ensure you have a stand that won't leave you're bike on it's side during routine maintenance.
The best way to find a quality stand is to look at the design and try it out on your bike to ensure a steady hold while you're working on your sled. One stand, the Fly Sportbike Stand, is an amalgamation of craftsmanship and lightweight durability. Weighing in at a miniscule 6 pounds, the 6061 aluminum constructed stand is fitted with a texturized rubber handle and two wheels with roller sealed bearings that enhance durability and an ultra smooth roll.
The Fly Sport Bike stand stands 33.5 inches from the base to the top of the handle and is 22 inches wide. Reinforced aluminum plating strengthens the stand at the weight bearing joints, and the light weight material choice makes it ideal for lugging it around at a track day.
The Fly Sportbike Stand adjusts to accommodate swingarms that are as wide as 15" and as narrow as 11". However we wouldn't suggest using the Sport Bike stand unless your swingarm is at least 12" wide.
We tried the stand on a 1999 Yamaha R1 with a 12" wide swing arm (which was narrower than a 2004 Honda RC-51, 2003 Honda Superhawk, 2004 Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 2003 Honda F4i, and a 2004 Kawasaki ZX-7R). After adjusting the stand to its narrowest setting the swingarm rests provided ½" of contact on each side of the swingarm. We found this amount to be enough, but wouldn't feel comfortable wrenching or doing maintenance with a bike that had a narrower swingarm.
The rubber coated swingarm rests gripped the R1 swingarm well and provided ample stability and showed no sign of failure once the bike was propped up. Furthermore, we failed to find a Sportbike that had a swingarm that was as wide as 15", which leads us to believe that the stand is an excellent choice for most modern sleds, although you'd be wise to measure your bike to ensure a proper fit.
The Fly Sport Bike stand retails for $119.95, which is more expensive than many stands with fewer features. However for sportbike stands with adjustability features, Fly's offering appears to be a good deal. With optional colors of brushed blue, brushed gold, gunmetal, and polished aluminum the Fly Sportbike Stand gives riders an unusual number of options.
Overall the Fly Sport Bike Stand is an excellent choice and appears to be well crafted. A bit on the pricey side, but the features and craftsmanship seem to be worth the money.