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who uses the center stand

Postby wot » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:45 am

Maybe a silly question, but does everyone use your center stand? Or leave it off the bike? Seems like a lot of weight to carry around. Or maybe you don't trust the kick stand. Thoughts please.

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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby eskasteve » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:10 am

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.

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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby jimbo » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:23 am

I love my centerstand :mrgreen:
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby cash » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:25 am

I love my centerstand


Me too, coz I'm knackered.

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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby kommando » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:27 am

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.
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby Onder » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:31 am

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.

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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby seattle##gs » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:47 am

also, it is much easier to work on it when it is up on the center stand.

It takes up less room in the garage

the left side does not load up on oil when it sits for a week.

fuel level stays even in the carbs

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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby grandpaul » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:54 am

I use centerstands VERY often. It maximizes available garage space when your bikes are already squeezed in like sardines.

Plus, to drain the sump, adjust the chain, change the oil, or any number of maintenance and repair tasks.
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby freefly103 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:58 am

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.
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby wot » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:16 am

Thanks guys for the prompt replies. Guess I'll keep the center stand
Best reason was storing it in my crowded garage where it will be going soon.

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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby jimbo » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:31 am

And you can and will get the conversations about the rubbers in the isolastics taking a set after long periods of centerstand storage with the different Commando arrangements.
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby pantah_good » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:32 am

Aesthetically, bikes just look their best on the center stand, and you can't not look at your bike after parking it.
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby concours » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:36 am

grandpaul wrote:I use centerstands VERY often. It maximizes available garage space when your bikes are already squeezed in like sardines.

Plus, to drain the sump, adjust the chain, change the oil, or any number of maintenance and repair tasks.


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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby grandpaul » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:42 am

The E-X-T-R-A L-O-N-G sidestand needs almost another half bike-space for swinging it up and down, so REALLY bad in a tight garage.
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Re: who uses the center stand

Postby Brooking 850 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:47 am

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.
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