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Old 11-12-2012, 02:01 PM
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Default Center Stand- looking for real comparision

I want a center stand to do maintenance etc, I would not keep my bike parked on it being I park my bike in our parking spot which is on a decline. But I would like to keep that as an option if theres a tight spot for me to park. I looked and tried Cambions SW Motech and liked the qaulity and easy of use plus you have to give it some push to get the bike off the center stand but for a priced tag of 223.00 it seems alot when I look at the happy trails center stand for 149.00.

I am looking for a comparision beteen the SW Motech and the Happy trails stand. I know the Happy trails has a note that its for maintenance only, which has me wondering if the stand can be used as a parking stand without having to worry about my bike falling out of it etc.

I know theres a few boards but the site will not let me look past page 1 without the web brower closing.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:40 PM
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i have the sw mototech. it works good and requires little pressure to get the bike up. i use it everyday.
before i had the "factory" stand on my 05 tiger and it required way too much pressure to get the bike up.

not familular with the ht unit but the stuff i have bought from them always worked.
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I just installed a Murph's center stand on my 11 650. I looked at the reviews and pricing on all of them before buying. I can say it is very stable, I can spin the bike while on the stand in my smooth concrete floor garage. Look this stand is mainly for maintenance or flat repairs. I use my center stand and kickstand combination for breaking beads while tire changing. Pull the trigger and go with the cheapest option.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:51 PM
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Default I have a Happy Trails stand

the connection to the frame uses oversize annular spacers on each of the 4 bolts - a sloppy detail.
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I just installed a motech. Quick, easy install. Excellent quality--just like all of their products I have purchased. I can put the bike on the center stand with only moderate foot pressure.


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Stock centerstand was "thrown-in" to my purchase deal. So, I have nothing to compare it to, but I'm pleased with it. Can't imagine having a bike without one.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:36 AM
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When I bought my '11 Wee used it had a Happy Trails on it. The bike seemed to sit at a bit of an angle to one side, and the legs weren't very wide...not very confidence inspiring to start struggling with a tight fastener on the bike. Also, on one side of the centerstand frame itself the stop bolt was only catching the stand legs by a couple of millimeters when the bike was up on the stand. I made the (wrong) assumption that it wasn't installed correctly, so I removed it, and reinstalled it per the instructions. Same issue. I took it off and replaced it with a Murph's Kit stand. Nice wide footprint, and easier to get the bike onto. I know some guys are satisfied with their Happy Trails but my experience wasn't great. The only shortcoming on the Murph's stand is the rubber stopper that the legs rest on when stored. It mounts to a bracket on the exhaust and appears to be made out of black licorice.
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I'm happy with SW Motech on the DR and DL.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:23 AM
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Thank you all for some info to help make a decision. I decided to go with the Murph's center stand. I want the SW but 220 is a lot for something that would be used for maintenance and to park my bike here and there. The Happy Trails worries me being they had their note and I see alot of yes users of the Murph’s center stand. I know a stand is a stand but I want my baby to be safe
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:29 AM
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I just installed a motech. Quick, easy install. Excellent quality--just like all of their products I have purchased. I can put the bike on the center stand with only moderate foot pressure.


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gotta agree, well made and 10 min. install
SoloMotoParts.com has them at 180 with free ship
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