Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wasatch Mnts, Utah
2012 centerStand advice? ....
I have read all the posts about center stands for the 2012 and remained totally confused.
Firstly, I plan to ride my Strom off road quite a bit and I am not a peg dragger on the tarmac. So for me, Ground Clearance is much more important than cornering clearance.
This is what I know about what's out there:
Suzuki -- $328
Hepco Beker -- $265
SW-Motech -- $180
Happy Trails --$150
vStoma -- $140 (out of stock)
Murph's -- $120
Out of all of these, it seems the Suzuki and the SW motec are the only ones that have been redesigned to fit the 2012. So it seems that all the others will fit, but will assume that the bike has a rubber stop to cushion it when the stand flips up. Thus all the others will bang on metal parts under the bike unless you somehow jerry rig a rubber stopper. Correct?
Suzuki -- it seems to be good quality, but is outrageously priced. I prefer not to pay this much. Does not reduce Ground Clearance (GC), but does reduce Cornering Clearance (CC). Correct?
Hepco Beker -- Don't know much about this one, can't tell if it's designed to fit the 2012. I'd prefer not to spend this much. If I did, I'd like to have substantial reasons as to why?
SW Motec -- Designed to fit the 2012. It seems to be what most are using. Easy install. Decent Price. High Quality. Significantly reduces GC. Correct? If so, by how much?
Happy Trails -- Good price. Some are put off buy the Piece of Sh#t (including myself) disclaimer in the install instructions "Don't sit on the bike, don't roll off the center stand, this stand is fragile..." Is it of good quality? Does it effect GC? CC? How does it work on a 2012?
vStroma -- Appears to be a Suzuki stand Chinese clone. Out of stock. Quality?
Murphs -- Good value. Another Suzuki stand Chinese clone.People have been receiving it w/o all the parts or rusted parts. It seems to be good enough quality if you can get one with all the parts in good condition. How hard is it to deal with the no rubber stopper issue? Other than the other complaints, is it a decent stand?
I'd like to make a Murphs or Happy Trail priced stand work as it would fit my budget and I'd get a reliable stand that will last a long time support the bike. If not, I could stomach the $180 for a SW motech, but I don't want to give up GC.
Finally, don't some stands have trouble with some skid plates? If so, what skip plate/centerstand combo's present a problem?
Any advice or additional insight would be appreciated.
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Last edited by glasswave; 05-29-2012 at 02:32 AM.