i can't speak for everyone but i want a set of stands because i do a lot of the work on the bike myself. it makes it easier to take off the wheels, drain the oil, etc. right now when i replace my rear tire, i position 2 jack stands on either side of the bike, lift the bike by the wheel to place one side of the swing arm on one stand, then i use my foot to drag the other stand under the other side of the swing arm. this is not safe, not fun, not easy, flat out a pain in the rear. replacing the front tire is a bigger pain in the ass and i need some one else there to position the jack stands under the forks, then i have to have them hold the bike because each fork moves independently and the bike will fall, then to prevent the forks from moving independently i have to put the axle back in before i leave to get the tire mounted.I notice a lot of people have those stands that lift up the back and in some cases front tires of the motorcylce. What is the purpose for this? Is it ok if its not on the stands and just standing on the kickstand for a long time ( 2 weeks lets say)?