72 Commando Centre Stand

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'72 Commando center stand

I'd give you some measurements from my '72, but yesterday I took the centerstand to Raber's to be rewelded. It broke again. Why are you going to the trouble of making one of these? There are plenty of them on e-bay and at the swap meets.
 
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After my '72 center stand broke the second time (I was alleged to be only going about 85mph for about 10 lousy miles!), my mechanic recommended the 850 center stand. It's more sturdy and I have not had any more problems with it. Since the 850 uses bushings on the mounting bolts, I did need to enlarge the holes in the frame plate, but that was relatively easy to do. I also had to drill a new hole in the 850 stand for the spring as the 850 mounts the spring in a different location.
Someone with more experience should give their advice as to whether the 750 spring should be replaced with the 850 one.
 
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nbmBruce said:
I also had to drill a new hole in the 850 stand for the spring as the 850 mounts the spring in a different location.
Someone with more experience should give their advice as to whether the 750 spring should be replaced with the 850 one.

I've been wondering what to do about the springs too. Apparently that early style spring was only used in 71 and 72. I bought the 850 style stand for my bike as an upgrade and it came with the new-style spring. Looks too short to work with my cradle though. Did they start drilling the hole in a different location on the later bikes? My old flimsy stand has the hole drilled in the same location as my new beefy stand...

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debby said:
Did they start drilling the hole in a different location on the later bikes?

The upper spring mounting hole is above and its centre is slightly forward from the left hand stand pivot hole in the cradle, close enough for the end of the spring hook to touch the stand!
 
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