The Ventura stand is a front wheel stand that you wheel the bike onto. http://www.kenma.com.au/ven_bs.html It is a bit of an indulgence but my ER6 doesn't have a centre stand and putting it on the side stand took up too much room in the shed. Its very stable and I don't worry about it getting knocked over when the kids get their pushies out. The other advantages are it is now very easy to get the bike onto a race stand to lube the chain and as the bike is held level I can check the oil level easily. While I could live without it, its bloody convenient.