Happy Trails center stand woes
Three years and 12,000 miles ago I put a HT center stand on my new-to-me 2012 wee2. I haven't ridden in the winter on salted roads and seldom in rain and it's been garaged. The price was considerably less than an OEM Suzuki stand. At the time, I thought the gauge of the steel tubing was pretty minimal but it's functioned properly since then. All the fasteners on the stand and those provided to bolt it to the bike were unplated steel and began to rust almost immediately and now after 3 years were severely rusted - to the point of almost not being able to get them off. In addition, the stand itself was rusting badly. I planned to remove the stand, take it down to bare metal, prime, and repaint with a good quality paint. Also I intended to replace all the fasteners with stainless, using anti-seize. When I got it off, on closer inspection, the rust on the stand was bad enough that I decided to just throw the whole mess out. Also, there was one badly rusted pivot bolt that was a custom machined part that wasn't replaceable with stainless. My gripes are that either the surface prep, the priming, or paint was poor and secondly, the fasteners should have been stainless. I can't imagine that it would have increased the cost of production much to make these improvements. Long story short, I have an OEM stand on order and hopefully it'll last longer than the HT. Sometimes you get what you pay for.