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post #1 of 18 Old 04-06-2018, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Easiest Center Stand to Install

INstalling a center stand on my 650 took hours and I still could not get everything lined up properly. Given how awkward it was to get under the bike with it on a side stand and try to line everything up I don't feel to bad about this epic failure.

But having see how a Honda center stand can be attached to an Africa Twin in about five minutes I am hoping a 2018 V-Strom 1000 will be much easier to install, depending on brand. The Honda has two nubs that you slide the center stand on and then use a snap ring to keep it in place. The Motech stand on my 650 had multiple brackets where one attached to the other and it was indeed a royal pain in the ass.

Any consensus as to which stand would be easiest to install on a V-STrom 1000?

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I just installed an SW Motech center stand on my 08 650 and all told I think it took me about 45 mins. The toughest part was getting the spring installed. But I have a motorcycle lift and a belly pan strong enough to lift the bike. If I didn't have that, yeah, it would have been a Royal PITA.

So I'd still vote for SW Motech since their stuff has always been top notch.

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I agree - the stock center stand I installed on a Honda NC700X was the easiest ever. Just installed a Suzuki center stand on my '17 650 XT and the worst part was the spring. But still not too bad.

The absolute worst ever was an SW Mototech center stand I installed on a '15 Versys 650LT. Hours and hours of brackets, bolts and ill fitting parts. Not knocking SW Mototech because I have installed their stand on a previous Wee with no problems.
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NC, I used the oem Suzuki centerstand on my '14 DL1K. It fit like it grew there. As for installing the springs, I used a automotive brake spring tool, they were on in 5 seconds.
I still can't figure out why some riders think "OEM=BAD, Aftermarket=GOOD" on everything they think they have to hang on their bike.
Kinda like how I dont get why some riders on motorcycle websites list all the mods they've done and all the aftermarket BS they put on their bikes. Is this some kind of contest? lol
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I have a 16 1000 SE. All the SE stuff came separate including the centre stand. Took maybe 15 mins. to install with the bike on the side stand. Easy peazy! Suspect the 18 uses the same one.
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Another option to get the spring on very easily is a really big Phillips screwdriver. I used a #3 and it slid right on with my SW Motech stand.
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I installed the OEM stand on my 18 1000. All the parts bolt on SO easy that it was almost silly. The springs were the biggest challenge as they are really stout.

Jhat- Large Phillips screwdriver, hey that's an excellent idea!!

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OK, I'll ask the dumb question: Why are people installing center stands? They sound expensive, sometimes difficult to install, and probably add some weight and reduce ground clearance. Is it mostly for chain maintenance? Tire changes?

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OK, I'll ask the dumb question: Why are people installing center stands? They sound expensive, sometimes difficult to install, and probably add some weight and reduce ground clearance. Is it mostly for chain maintenance? Tire changes?
That, and the bike takes up less space in the garage.
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INstalling a center stand on my 650 took hours and I still could not get everything lined up properly. Given how awkward it was to get under the bike with it on a side stand and try to line everything up I don't feel to bad about this epic failure.

But having see how a Honda center stand can be attached to an Africa Twin in about five minutes I am hoping a 2018 V-Strom 1000 will be much easier to install, depending on brand. The Honda has two nubs that you slide the center stand on and then use a snap ring to keep it in place. The Motech stand on my 650 had multiple brackets where one attached to the other and it was indeed a royal pain in the ass.

Any consensus as to which stand would be easiest to install on a V-STrom 1000?

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Something is wrong... Maybe it wasn't built right? Everything should line up easily. It's 5-10 mins to bolt it down and 30 minutes to develop the right spring mounting technique. What brand?

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