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post #1 of 15 Old 10-16-2010, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question Portable alternative to center stand?

I've been looking for a portable alternative to the center stand. Something compact and lightweight that I can store under the seat. Nothing heavy duty, just a "in case of emergency" stand that I can use if I'm on a ride and have a problem that needs the rear wheel raised for repair, chain lubing or possible removal.

I've found a few alternatives but nothing that really looks like what I want. They're either designed for spools only or they're a little expensive.
I'm not a good fabricator or I'd make my own. I guess if I was in a bind I could always look for an appropriate piece of wood on the road or something similar.

I was wondering if anyone had seen any other alternatives to what I've already found.

Here's what I got so far...

PackJack - Home - Small & affordable but requires either swingarm spools, which I don't have, or using the axle nut, which prevents removal of the wheel.

Portable Motorcycle Jack - Honda Hornet 599 919 CB600F: eBay Motors (item 380278756343 end time Oct-20-10 12:49:45 PDT) - another good option but $75 is a little steep for me.

Tour Prop Motorcycle Stand - another good option and is affordable but they don't really tell you much about it. Seems like you set it in place and adjust the center piece like a turnbuckle. Looking at the pictures I'm not sure about it. I'll have to ask them how it works.

Quick Stand - another affordable option but again, designed for spools only.

I know there's a lot of creative thinkers here so thanks for any ideas.

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-16-2010, 05:26 AM
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Is this something like what you mean?



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^When I went to the mountains with the guys a couple months ago, Z1-jockey was carying a wooden stick with I'm. Cut to the proper length it work pretty well, we all used it to lube our chains.

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What's wrong with a centerstand?

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^^+1, might add a bit of weight and not look "cool" but they're functional...

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^^+1, might add a bit of weight and not look "cool" but they're functional...
I'll take the centre stand over a lean stand anytime and everytime. But I'd never leave it on for a Track Day.

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I'll take the centre stand over a lean stand anytime and everytime. But I'd never leave it on for a Track Day.

I can see your point, more weight and could cause a problem in the turns.

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Is this something like what you mean?
https://www.wristtwisters.com/f86/sha...ick-24125.html.
Yes, Shadow, that would do the trick, Thanks! I hope you don't mind my using your idea. I scrounged around my basement and made a similar item.
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What's wrong with a centerstand?
Nothing wrong with a centerstand. I've always had them on my bikes and like them but I also have a T-rex front and rear stand for home use and I just got a wild hair up my butt and started thinking about aesthetics and the weight savings.

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Yes, Shadow, that would do the trick, Thanks! I hope you don't mind my using your idea. I scrounged around my basement and made a similar item.
Nope, I don't mind a bit! Happy trails and easy chain maintenance my friend!




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My neighbor had a CBR1000. We built up a conglomaration of barbell plates, wood blocks, and a floor jack to change new tires. One tug too many on the axle nut, and all hell broke loose. A sound that made women and children cry with fright. When the dust settled, we had turn signals, mirrors, and scratches every where. Mine and his next bike had centerstands.
I don't mind losing that .00031 seconds in my 1/4 mile times, from the extra weight.

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meh, its not the weight or times that's a concern with the center stand, its when you carry too much lean angle (at the track) and it decides to dig in and lift the rear. Can be a bit hairy.

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meh, its not the weight or times that's a concern with the center stand, its when you carry too much lean angle (at the track) and it decides to dig in and lift the rear. Can be a bit hairy.
The only reason why centerstands have such a bad reputation is by and large the foot pedal arm has to go under low mounted exhausts, obviously not a problem on a 919, or for my '88 Hawk either. My '02 has had a OEM centerstand on it since about a week after I bought it. Since then I've bevelled the left footpeg until most of the underside is ground down (and yes, I do hang off in corners) and no part of the stand has come anywhere near the ground, even when I tipped it over in a parking lot.

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I would've gotten the PackJack, but the shipping/handling damn near equals the cost the item! I agree that the Cycle Machines Works Portable Jacks at $75 isS$$$. I also looked at your mentioned Anderson Tour Prop stand, like you said there's no info on that one. The DIY seems like the smarter option.

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