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Q: Stands and Winter Storage

I've got a question to those of you with a 'Riding season'. What are your thoughts on a center stand/race stands for winter storage?

All my previous bikes had a center stand installed, so during the winter months, I would throw the bike up on the center stand to at least keep the rear tire off the ground.

I haven't gotten around to purchasing a center stand for my new VFR1200 and I'm trying to figure out how high it should be on my priority list. The OEM tires probably wont last that long, but I'd like to avoid flat spots on the tires if possible (assuming that's the reasoning behind storing your bike on stands).



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post #2 of 7 Old 10-29-2012, 04:02 PM
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I have pit bull front and rear stands. For the rear I hook in on the swingarm, lift and I'm done. For the front I slide the pin in the steering tube and lift the front of the bike so the tire is off the ground. This leaves the forks completely extended. So to prevent that I take a 12 inch piece of 2x4 and kick it under my front tire. Front suspension has support. the full weight of the bike is off the tire and also keeps the tire off the concrete floor.

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Does anyone think it's 'necessary' to keep the tires off the ground during storage? I've just always done it and never asked why...



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Does anyone think it's 'necessary' to keep the tires off the ground during storage? I've just always done it and never asked why...
I've never done it but I can see where it can't hurt.

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Does anyone think it's 'necessary' to keep the tires off the ground during storage? I've just always done it and never asked why...
I heard you can develop flat spots. I personally wait for those not so bad days to ride, so I never put mine up for long and have never had any problems. I agree it can't hurt, but your bike can always get knocked off of stands and do a lot of damage. Best thing would be to move it periodically or bundle up and ride it

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Does anyone think it's 'necessary' to keep the tires off the ground during storage? I've just always done it and never asked why...
I always thought it was so the tires didn't freeze to the concrete when it gets super cold.

I've never had a center stand before my 919, and simply rested the tires on some sort of wood I had laying around (plywood, 2x4, etc), and once a month moved it a few inches fwd or back to avoid flat spotting it. Never had a problem in the spring and it regularly gets well below zero around here.

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Does anyone think it's 'necessary' to keep the tires off the ground during storage? I've just always done it and never asked why...
Only if it is long term storage. If you are just parking it in the garage then over the winter is fine on the side stand (or the center stand even).

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