A casual conversation with fellow IAM member Rob Van Proemeren (cheers mate!) revealed that he had bought a UK-made ABBA Superbike stand for his Hayabusa and was well-satisfied with how easy it was to use, plus the excellent stability it gave the bike. What's more, there was an ABBA agent based in Nelson, NZ - Christmas present from Jennie solved!
Today was the first opportunity I've had to try it out and what a dream it is to use! The system doesn't use swingarm bobbins but instead, locates on the swingarm pivot shaft to lift from - a totally secure method. Referring to the photo below, the stand consists of two main parts which clamp together. When ordering, you state the make and model of the bike and they send the correct attachments to lock onto the swingarm pivot.
ABBA Superbike stand components
Assembling it is a piece of cake. The left hand part of the stand is engaged onto the pivot whilst the bike is on its side stand and the handle extended for good leverage.
Left hand component put into place
Same procedure for the right hand component, sliding it over the left hand one and tightening the thumbscrew. Any slack is taken out by turning the large screw until it's a snug fit.
Right hand component locked in place
The next step is to hold the bike vertically with one hand on the handlebars. It can't fall as it's supported by the stand. Simply pull forward on the extended lever and up it pops with minimal effort!
Raised rear and rock solid!
Finally, a plug for the NZ agent who was a pleasure to deal with. Rapid service and a great product - this is their website: ABBA Stands NZ
Both wheels clear of the deck with easy to use attachment
Front view with both wheels clear