The first time I set eyes on an “EsWay” prop stand, was when invited to view the M100 of a fellow Panther owner, and the ‘bike was fitted with an “EsWay” prop stand.
What a splendid idea. I had to have one.
The inventor of the “EsWay” was Godfrey Harter of London, and the only information I have found so far has come mainly from the internet and from reddevilmotors.blogspot.co.uk who has an original stand fitted to his Triumph N and he kindly sent me a copy of the original “EsWay” leaflet.
In 1922, Godfrey Harter patented a stand that attached to the footboard of a motorcycle. This consisted of a leg that could be lowered against a ratchet arrangement that allowed it to be set to various heights to allow the motorcycle to be easily parked.
In 1927 he took out the patent for this telescopic type of prop stand, and again, incorporated a ratchet to allow it to be set to length. To operate these stands, you extend it out by using your foot until it locks to the required length then by touching the heel of your boot against a lever, an internal spring returns it to its “up” position, where it is then held in place by both the main spring and the sprung locking lever.
Sometime later (not sure when) he brought out another version of this telescopic stand which was still extended in the same way, but the return mechanism was connected by a cable to a lever that could be handlebar mounted.
I decided that rather than spend my time scouring auto jumbles, and since I have the necessary skills, I would make my own. After a bit of networking a fellow motorcyclist, kindly leant me a 1927 type of “EsWay” that he was’t using at the time, so I had the opportunity to study it.
I made a small batch of stands which were sold mainly to people I knew, and the feedback was that others had found them to be a delight to use, as I had. An interesting point raised was that for the older riders, who were being put off riding because of the uncertainty of finding level ground and the hard work of lifting the bike onto the rear stand, it enabled them to confidently go out knowing that they would be able to park the ‘bike on just about any surface. Another point is that just moving the ‘bike around in the garage becomes much easier.
(One point I would like to make though, is that this is a light prop stand and is not designed for holding the ‘bike up whilst jumping on the kick start lever.)
I have now made another batch of prop stands which I call the “Vintele”. The “Vintele” prop stands are for use on rigid framed motorcycles and include a selection of brackets that will allow them to be fitted to most makes of motorcycle.