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It seems that Pit Bull is the most favored, but also the most expensive, so I went with T-Rex Racing, which is also a popular alternative at a lower price point, and I've been very satisfied by them. My friend has the Venom ones which are the most reviewed stands sold by Amazon and are even cheaper; they feel good, but you get what you pay for and those stands don't feel as solid as my T-Rex ones. Beyond that, I haven't heard of any other popular ones.
I'd scour your local Craigslist to buy used and save yourself a lot of money, since there's not much difference between new and old except a big difference in price.
Also, get the rear stands that lift via swingarm spools, and get swingarm spools for your bike if you don't have them yet; they can be had for very cheap, and will make it so much easier to lift the bike.
If you just need the stand for short term uses, like cleaning the chain or oil changes. Try the Low Profile stand from Harbor Freight. They can be had for under $35 with the 20% off coupon. I'm happy with the way it works.
If its going to be used for longer periods of time like winter storage then you can go ahead and invest in a Pit Bull stand to give you some added peace of mind. It's worth noting though that I still would think the Harbor Freight one would do the job just fine for this scenario as well but everyone's mentality and budget is different.
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