Do any of you have recommendations on stands for the SV? Pit bull, Track side?
I have a Vortex rear stand that I bought about 6 years ago for about $100. I have two SV's 700 miles apart and got tired of transporting the Vortex back and forth, so I recently bought a Cycle Gear Trackside rear stand a few months ago on sale for $45. Both work fine and the CG Trackside is a great value at that price.
After getting by for years without one, I recently bought a front (steering stem) stand (http://mjmotogear.com/FRONT-STAND-HEAD-LIFT-SMI3020.htm) that came to about $70 including shipping. I used it to work on the forks, it was stable and easy to use. It also stores in a relatively small space. I'm happy with it and will probably buy another one.
Don't ever use a front stand without a rear. Unstable that way, very easy to have the bike fall over....and instead of having to buy another stand in order to be lift the front you can just buy front fork adapters for 40 bucks. I do not believe pit bull makes such a conversion...
I suppose if I had them next to eachother there would be obvious design/quality differences but like you said- these cheapo' stands are more than enough for the SV... i had mine up on it to do brakes and Ill have it up again this weekend to do forks... works very well- stable as a rock (even a good shove wouldn't do anything to tip the bike once its on both stands...)^You can tell a difference in the tubing. With that said though, it's more than strong enough for an SV. I have used cheap knockoff stands plenty of times. I have a slightly less knock off DMP stand now, and it's great.