Torin Takedown Motorcycle Support Stand - 660-Lb. Capacity, Model# TRMT014
This is NOT a MC rear axle stand! (It's a front).
Having recently acquired a 91 Yamaha FZR 1000 cycle, one of my first concerns was to change the drive chain. This requires the use of a rear axle stand, since the FZRs do not have an integral center-stand, but what to get? I was relatively 'un-versed' in MC rear axle support stands, never having had to use one before, so I admit I had absolutely no knowledge about what to get for my new FIZZER. After searching around extensively, I stumbled across what 'appeared' to be (based on my limited knowledge) a rear axle stand for MCs ('Takedown Motorcycle Support Stand', Northern Tool # 148014-1201) in the catalogue and purchased one from Northern Tool. When it arrived, I put it together (rather quickly and easily) and noted that it looked strong and well made. Then I tried to use it to support my bike's rear swing-arm assembly! No luck. The minimum width a rear axle support stand must have to support a Yamaha FZR 1000 swing-arm is about 13.7 inches. The maximum width of this assembly (item # 148014-1201) is several inches shy of that requirement. I was perplexed, since the description says 'fits most motorcycles'. Although the price was reasonable for a good quality stand, it simply would not work. Then I began to educate myself a bit on motorcycle rear axle support stands for swing-arms and realised that this is NOT a REAR axle support stand, but a FRONT axle support stand. The two strange 'Y-pin' attachments fit the bottom of my front shock struts perfectly! It would appear that although this item is well designed and sturdy, it has been MIS-IDENTIFIED. Seemingly in support of this notion is the fact that another Northern Tool item labeled as 'Front Wheel Support Stand' looks as if it is actually a REAR AXLE support stand (and not for use at the front); another seeming MIS-IDENTIFICATION? At any rate, although most Northern Tools parts seem to be high-quality products (well designed and produced), this sort of mistaken labelling is totally unacceptable! As circumstances developed, I now use this stand for the front of my 91 Yamaha FZR 1000 and have found a nice rear axle stand at another hardware distribution business that has a local store and it fits perfectly! I hope this experience is not typical of other Northern Tool offerings! Final word to riders: do your homework carefully before buying any rear axle support stand for your bike's swing-arm. The Yamaha FZR series cycles dimensions are typical of most modern sportsbikes, so get the actual measurements before acquiring anything (and don't 'buy' the line 'fits most motorcycles' without clarifying exactly WHERE it fits)!
November 7, 2011
Good for the price
Well built.. Durable solid stand. Using it for a YZF600R.
March 22, 2011
Nice product. Could use adjustable height. My Ducati needs a little more lift off the ground. Overall a good product. Waiting for a front end mc lift.
March 19, 2011
The stand is not very secure left to right. Eventhough it is advertised as a rear stand it is not wide enough for the vast majority of bikes. It will not fit my kawasaki '96 ZX11 rear or my '92 Honda Nighthawk.
The weighted mount seems more like it was made for front forks. However, the pin spacing is not correct to stay hooked to the forks. It is also too short in hieght for either of my two bikes for the front or rear.
For the price, I am keeping it and plan on making some minor modifications to get it to fit my front forks.
November 16, 2010
good for the price!!!
I think this is the best value stand you can buy online!!!
I have used it as a front stand for over a year now for my Kawasaki ZX-6R - 06. Very easy to assemable, good solid build.
February 15, 2010
Motorcycle Support Stand Review
The product is very easy to assemble. I'm using it on a Kawasaki EX250. It is a little tight on the back end but works fine. An great buy for the money.
November 2, 2009
Nice front stand - GSXR 1000
I am using this as a front stand. I am pretty sure it would work as a rear stand as well, but I prefer a rear stand that works with my swingarm spindles. I am sure there are better products, but for the price, this one is hard to beat.
July 13, 2009
Needed some adjustments
This stand was probably designed for a motorcycle with a smaller than 170 section rear tire. To fit my ZX9R's 190 rear required some modification. Once the arms were wide enough I had to cut one side of the lifting fingers down so they wouldn't hit the nuts on the rear sprocket. Once the tubing was bent and the fingers were cut down, the stand turned out to be quite stable and the back wheel turns freely for rear end service. You could pay more for a stand designed for your bike but this is a solid stand for the price.
March 16, 2009
I've used this stand on two different sport bikes (2004 SVS and 1996 CBR) without incident. I was a bit apprehensive at first because it was priced much cheaper than most of the alternatives out there; however, after using it several times for routine maintenance I've found it to be quite dependable.
February 20, 2009
This stand is ideal for someone looking for a less expensive stand for their motorcycle. I have a sportbike and this stand works great for lubing the chain and working on the rear wheel for chain tension. Assembly was quick and painless. Well worth the price.
October 21, 2008