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post #1 of 19 Old 09-29-2008, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Any cons to a centerstand?

I just bid on a 919 on ebay and it has a centerstand that I assume was installed at the dealer.

All the pics show the bike on the centerstand so I can't tell how far it sticks out when it is in the up position.

Anyone out there with a centerstand? Should I be concerned about it scraping in corners?

Any negatives to having the center stand?

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-29-2008, 01:18 PM
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Do a search on 'centerstands' for more concrete info. Shouldn't get in the way of anything you want to do, even a track day, according to Nemo (methinks) and Robtharalson (meknows).

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You should be fine as long as it's the OEM stand or the SW Motech stand (preferred) and it was installed properly. Many people favor using a rear stand rather than installing a centerstand, but you should be fine. It will make chain adjustments and rear wheel maintenance much easier.

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XRMIKEY scraped his sidestand yesterday on Glendora Mountain Road.
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XRMIKEY scraped his sidestand yesterday on Glendora Mountain Road.
Impressive indeed!
WOW, that's impressive! Never did mine! Did Mikey bring a pair of fresh underwear?

BTW love my SW motech CS for lubing the chain+other work, dirt parking and makes a smaller garage footprint.

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I, too, can recommend a centerstand for the 919. Mine is the Honda stand with the center section of the top cross-tube cut away to the width of the exhaust collector as per WT posts. If I'm touring, I install it with the springs and use it to lube the chain easily. If I'm riding locally, I remove it. I also use it for maintenance in the garage without the spring, sort of like a center/shop stand. Versatile and easy on-off. It takes like 30 seconds to install/remove without the spring, a minute with.

I like it.

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After 35K, we don't leave home without it! It makes chain maintenance on the road a breeze when touring. Ours is the Hondaline.

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I think the only con is people being green with envy because they wish they had one.

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Where can you buy one of these amazing sounding things?

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per the question the only con is it prevents a CBR900R pipe conversion, but I decided against that.

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I, too, can recommend a centerstand for the 919. Mine is the Honda stand with the center section of the top cross-tube cut away to the width of the exhaust collector as per WT posts. If I'm touring, I install it with the springs and use it to lube the chain easily. If I'm riding locally, I remove it. I also use it for maintenance in the garage without the spring, sort of like a center/shop stand. Versatile and easy on-off. It takes like 30 seconds to install/remove without the spring, a minute with.

I like it.
That's a mod I should consider! The one thing I don't like about my Hondaline 919 centerstand is the fact that it isn't removable, stock, unless you pull the exhaust headers.

I can, however, confirm that the Honda centerstand won't touch asphalt in a pretty serious lean; at the track in June and again yesterday, I was scraping pegs (with peg feelers removed) and my own boot toes, but not the centerstand.

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Any negatives to having the center stand?
About 20 extra pounds hanging off your bike. My stand lives in my garage, I don't have the need to carry it with me at all times.

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About 20 extra pounds hanging off your bike. My stand lives in my garage, I don't have the need to carry it with me at all times.
20 extra pounds (more like 12) that's all below the CG. If you can feel those 20 (12) LBS when actually riding, then you're either super-human or an extremely nit-picky guitar tech from SO.CAL.

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20 extra pounds (more like 12) that's all below the CG. If you can feel those 20 (12) LBS when actually riding, then you're either super-human or an extremely nit-picky guitar tech from SO.CAL.
Lol, I figured someone would let me know the actual weight of a centerstand. I'm all into the light thing though, so it's something even if it's not a lot. Same reason I can't bolt on a Corbin, picked one up and thought it felt like an anchor. Also just never felt the need for a centerstand since I have a couple of garage stands, but I can see how it might be handy if you needed to work on your bike away from home.

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Nemo, good job.

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per the question the only con is it prevents a CBR900R pipe conversion, but I decided against that.
i have to say i did the cbr900 pipe conversion and i love it.. awesome sound much less weight and a buttload more power... but then again thats my opinion and i could be wrong



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i have to say i did the cbr900 pipe conversion and i love it.. awesome sound much less weight and a buttload more power... but then again thats my opinion and i could be wrong
I also have the 900rr conversion and I love it. But, that is not a reason to not get a bike with a centerstand. If you decide later to do the conversion you can always take the centerstand off.

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A centerstand is a worthwhile investment in your bike.


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