WHAT IS IT? It’s an updated, reinforced version of MotoConcepts’ original all-plastic bike stand.
WHAT’S IT COST? $69.95.
CONTACT? (877) 321-2199 or www.motoconcepts.com.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the MotoConcepts MotoStand.
(1) Parental care. The MotoConcepts race team and motocross products are a side project of the moto-loving employees of Leisure Concepts, a spa accessory company. They simply borrowed the shipping department, design staff and in-house knowledge of using plastic materials.
(2) Updates. Plastic stands tend to be flimsy, but MotoConcepts added extra ribbing to make the top of the stand stronger. MotoConcepts no longer uses texture on the plastic. This keeps the color richer, darker and more consistent. Additionally, they have added little tabs that keep the stand level when stacked together.
(3) Performance. Thanks to its wide base, the MotoStand is very stable. As for durability, the MXA test crew punished our test stands for several weeks by roughly dropping 450s onto them. There have been no fatigue issues. The top of the stand is made using a two-part injection-molding process, as opposed to simply gluing or riveting on a piece of rubber. On most metal stands, the rubber/aluminum interface is the weak point, but it’s a non-issue on this stand. Our only unanswered question is if the plastic will become brittle and weathered over time. We expect that a spa accessories company would have this aspect figured out.
(4) Customization. You can take advantage of the MotoStand’s flat sides by ordering custom graphics directly from the MotoGraphics division of MotoConcepts. You can get your name, number and sponsor logos on two sides of the stand for $19.95. The stand is available in red, yellow, blue, green, orange, pink, white and black.
(5) Transport. The MotoStand is lightweight and easy to move around. When it is flipped upside down, there is less space inside the MotoStand than a traditional metal stand, but there is still enough room to squeeze in a 5-gallon gas jug, which saves space in the bed of a truck. Since plastic is relatively soft compared to aluminum or steel, the MotoStand is much less likely to scratch the finish on your bike’s swingarm when bouncing around in the back of a vehicle.
(6) Place of manufacture. MotoConcepts takes pride in doing their manufacturing at their state-of-the-art facility in Spokane, Washington. They are investing in new machinery to expand into the graphics and goggle business.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We found two trade-offs that were relatively minor: (1) It’s a simple matter of opinion, but many people think that the solid shape and overall look of the MotoStand is ugly compared to the light, airy look of a tube frame. (2) The wide base is stable, but it means that the stand takes up a bit more room in a vehicle.
The low price, numerable options and solid construction make the MotoStand a simple?if inelegant?way to hold up your bike.