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I want to say on the triumphs and ducatis the front arm stands let you do something different than the rear arm stands... like they lift from opposite sides so you can do the sprocket or something. I forget.
I have one of the rear-facing stands. They work on more bikes- you can just change out the pin. It's EXTREMELY stable and you can just drag the bike forward or backward without having to worry about it folding up on you. There's NO danger of it coming off when lifting or lowering the front end. NONE.
The other way might be better because you can hold the bike easier while lifting the rear.... but I find it's not hard at all to do it from the rear. I just put the pin in with the bike still on the side stand, and use the left wheel of the stand to lever it up. Once you have both wheels of the stand on the ground, even with the lever up in the air and the bike on the ground, it won't tip over at all.
Yeah- it might be less of a trip hazard for the forward facing one... but with shaft drive, there's not really any reason for it. The rear one works with more bikes. I still have mine and don't have a triumph on the road right now. Whatever. It's worth holding onto.
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