One question that has popped up numerous times over the years is: So, how did you get into making bike stands?
Obviously there is no TAFE course or Uni degree in advanced Head Stem Front Stand design (although, given some of the rubbish around online there should be!)
For me it was a simple case of trying to link my hobby to my career. So how DID it all start?
It was way back in 1991 and I was your typical cash poor 20 year old, juggling racing 250 Proddies with a fitting & turning apprenticeship and going to TAFE at night studying engineering, so a bit going on!
As anyone who has been an apprentice (or student!) would know, money for Racing is very hard to find, so when you need to buy a piece of gear its important that it will last, that way you can start saving for the next thing you need without having to worry about replacing it!
So when it came to buying stands, there was nothing around that fitted the bill for me, so, I decided that I’d have a go at making my own.
With my Dad less than impressed with me taking over his workshop, I wheeled the mighty Kawasaki KR1-S in and fired up the welder. Quite a long while later, after many prototypes and much head scratching the first Sharp Racing Rear Stand emerged!
But what happened next was to determine my future, as when I rocked up at the next race meeting with my shiny new yellow stand (under an FZR600 by then) the first question I got was ‘where did you get that?’ followed by ‘can you make me one?’
Yep, that’ll help pay for the next set of tyres!
Who would have thought, 26 years later, I’m still making stands, but these days the bikes have to compete with the family for those hard earned dollars!