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post #1 of 37 Old 10-14-2016, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Center Stand or Track Stand?

Just bought a 2012 Wee with no center stand. The PO used a track stand, installed the spools on the bike. So a good track stand for 145, or a center stand for 250?

Center stand is always with you, but how useful would it be away from home? Track stand is $100 less, but you only have it at home.

Coming from shaft drive world, this will be my first educational moment with the new bike. Want to adjust chain and change the oil, only have the side stand.

Thanks for the thoughts...

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Center stand for me. But it adds weight and reduces ground clearance.

Invaluable on the road, especially if there is tire trouble (which typically is the rear) .. how do I know??

Chain not so much of an issue if you use some kind of chain oiler, so no "maintenance" of the chain typically on the road required. I just did almost 9000 miles this summer and never adjusted the (new) chain.
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on bikes where i didn't have a center stand, I would carry in my tool tube a 2x3 piece of wood cut to fit under the swing arm or spool when the bike was pushed over on the side stand, lifting the rear wheel off the ground just enough to spin it. Notch the top end to fit securely under swing arm or spool, and slightly angle cut the bottom so it sits flush with ground when slightly angled out. Also, could tie front brake for safety, but it's not really going to roll on flat ground with the rear only an inch or less off the ground. We used to call this the Poor Man's Centerstand.

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If I own a bike that can be equipped with a centerstand......it will have a centerstand.

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Track stand so far for me. My klr had a c stand that I used when doing work or longer term storage, but I did not want to lower the strom center clearance even a quarter of an inch. Chain maintenance and lube on track stand is fine.


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Low Profile Rear Motorcycle Spool Stand

Good reviews and under $35 with a coupon. Or check Craigslist if you wanted a name brand stand.

If you plan on doing any long trips with maintenance on the road, then maybe spring for the center stand.
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Track stand so far for me. My klr had a c stand that I used when doing work or longer term storage, but I did not want to lower the strom center clearance even a quarter of an inch. Chain maintenance and lube on track stand is fine.


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So you don't venture too far from home huh?
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I have both - the track stand gets almost no use anymore

I have both - the track stand gets almost no use anymore. I should sell it - its just a nuisance in the garage.

On a side note - I added to concrete inserts into my garage floor - so that with bike on centerstand I can bolt down either front or rear wheel (using all-thread and a 2x2 cross bar) to get the bike immobilized.
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I bought a track stand for my ZRX1100, which had no provision for a centrestand. When I got my V-Strom I put a centrestand on it. I used the spools and track stand to install the centrestand, LOL. I may have also used it on occasion when doing oil changes and such, as the centrestand can get in the way, but mostly I could have lived without it. Now I'm using the track stand again for my new bike, a Fazer 8. Apparently there is a centrestand available for it, but I'm hesitant to hobble such a fine handling little (relatively speaking) bike with the weight and reduced ground clearance of the stand. Was never a problem for me with the V-Strom, although I also had an Elka shock with increased ride height on that bike.
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