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post #1 of 13 Old 05-18-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb Centerstand question

I have to ask a dumb question... Do you actually park your bike on a centerstand out in public or is that really for maintenance? I assumed it was an alternative to a side stand, but have seen talk of people dropping their bikes on the side while they were on a center stand.

I was thinking about getting one, but I park in a public garage a lot with other bikers that might not so nimbly navigate around my precious new toy.
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Besides maintenance, it takes up less room in the garage. The most stable setup though is on the side stand with the tranny in gear as long as the lean angle is good. The three points of support have a wider stance.

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Besides maintenance, it takes up less room in the garage. The most stable setup though is on the side stand with the tranny in gear as long as the lean angle is good. The three points of support have a wider stance.
My thoughts as well.

Always use the side stand when on the ferry, with a bungee to stop any chance of the side stand retracting.
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Great point about the bungee on the stand while riding the ferry... planning on taking a couple trips to Ocracoke this summer... one more item for the packing list! Tks!

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+1 for in gear, on the side stand in public.

All it takes is one bozo to bump the bike from behind, and there's a good chance that it's going to roll forward and take a nap. Being in gear doesn't help when the rear is up in the air. Plus, having it sitting up like that is just asking for someone to sit on your bike, or pop their little kid onto your saddle "just because".

I do keep it on the centerstand in my garage though.

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Boy! Do I feel stoopid!

Never dawned on me to put the bike in gear when using the sidestand and parking "in public" unless it's on a noticeable slope.

DUH!

I've also gotten in the lousy habit of not locking the forks when parking in public.

Thanks for the "heads up", y'all.
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I was reading that Confessions of a Bike Thief thing that everyone was talking about on Reddit, and it seems like locking the forks is still your best first line of defense against theft. Sure, it can be defeated, but the fact that it's a relatively loud and obvious task is a deterrent to some.

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have to prioritize

thanks for the responses. I've got to prioritize my "farkling" and thought a center stand would be high on my list. I'll probably just worry about a bash plate and hand guards.

I do have a decent swingarm lift that has spool attachments, so I'll probably investigate using that instead of bothering with a center stand. Space in the garage isn't an issue for me yet.
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Great point about the bungee on the stand while riding the ferry... planning on taking a couple trips to Ocracoke this summer... one more item for the packing list! Tks!

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I ride the ferries across Puget Sound frequently. Over the years, I have seen a number of bikes on centerstands and sidestands fall in rough waters. If the water is choppy, I stand by the bike for the duration of the trip.

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Besides garage parking taking less space ....

Really good when touring and staying in motels. The bike takes a lot less space on the centre stand and with a cover over it you can get away with parking it (in more secure) places you couldn't otherwise. (Has the same visual impact as a covered barbecue).

It makes for faster puncture repairs as well - not impossible with a sidestand , but cleaner and easier - particularly if conditions are bad (rain/mud). It wouldn't be top of my priority list, but it does have it's advantages.

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