Once you have the sidestand bolt snap just as you are finishing your kickstart down stroke you'll understand the usefulness of the center stand. It happened to me in 1973 in a jam packed scenic vista parking lot. My bike chose that time to become a one kick wonder and was running nicely as it fell on top of me. Boy do those header pipes heat up quick! Thank goodness this was before the cell phone era otherwise I'd be the featured idiot of the day on you tube.
Had mine break in half with a crack starting at the hole for the return spring, had to stop and tie both halves up as it was making a noise and sparks dragging on the road. Still use it though especially for starting and this replacement has lasted 20 odd years.
Being rather small and light I have found it less than easy and confidence inspiring to put the bike on the centre stand. However, on a paved surface I can and do use it for exactly the same reasons stated previously. Use the centre stand the side stand isnt very strong.
The short side stand on my 70 disappears under the exhaust, so I have no choice but to use the CS. The side stand is so short that the bike looks like it's going to fall over. Another future project to sort out.
70-750, 71-750, Seeley-750 (Titchmarsh frame, Fullauto Head, Maney crank, cases and barrells, FCRs by NYC Norton)
Yes I only have the CS on my bike , it also broke in half some years ago hurtling along a gravel rode, now repaired and strengthened, cant do with out it as I have no SS fitted. Had to build up the area with weld where it contacts the gearbox cradle to get more lift of the back wheel, high wear point . Watch for the steel bushings cracking over time, plus the spring can wear a slot from the hole on the cross bar causing the bar to crack and break same as Kommando is talking about. Love it! Regards Mike