T" (non) Triangle Stand
Every once in a while a
product comes along that proves that somebody was really usin' the ol'
noodle. Quite often it's a simple product, one that fills a gap in a
market, & makes you slap your forehead, & ask yourself,
"Why didn't I think of that?" Such is the case with
the "Bubba T" side stand.
By now you've heard of the
ridiculous arguments about who owns the rights to the triangle stand,
with team red staking that claim. As far as I'm concerned, they
can have it. I've found my portable side stand, & this is it.
Named the "Bubba
T", after it's designer
this simple T shaped stand does exactly what it's supposed to do &
a little more.
During the three weeks I've
had this one now, I've used it to hold the bike of course, carried it
around in the back of the Patman Racing Van, stepped on it, thrown it
at Monkeybutt as he was trying to zip-tie some steer horns to my van, accidentally
left it on the back porch after a mud race, & even used it's
nicely curved shape as a pry bar to pull the top off my water meter in
the front yard. What have I discovered? It's tough. Well
built, that is, and perfectly suited to a variety of tasks. Not the
least of which is holding up a motorcycle.
It's made of a 1" square
tubing, with an axle peg ( the part that sticks in the axle ) that is
sized to be as large as possible & still fit your brand of bike.
There are three sizes available depending on the internal size of your
axle. It has a
beautiful powder coat finish, comes in a variety of colors, and even
has plastic caps in the ends of the square tubes to keep the crap out.
Three things impressed me
about this stand over the traditional triangle stand. One is the fact
that the 1" square tube gives a much wider footprint in the dirt
than the triangle stand that is made of steel rod.
Second is that due to the
center arm being in the ...well, center of the foot, the bike has less
leverage on the stand in a fore / aft direction, & is virtually
impossible to roll while sitting on the Bubba T.
But the best feature by far is the
hook. The hook you ask? Yes, & here comes the using the ol' noodle
part. The hook is to hang the Bubba T on your handle bar while you are
pushing or riding the scooter to the place where you will use the
stand, like the start line or bike wash. Now somebody was usin' their
I Like this thing. The size. The
shape. The color. The durability. The angle that it holds the
bike. The big footprint. And especially the hook. Patman
says "get one".
I believe he's sellin' them
( direct ) for
around $20 but , For more information contact WBergeaux@aol.com
or if you're from around here ( Dallas TX.) you may find him
at the TCCRA events.