Center Stand on a lowered DL? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
trapperdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bay area, ca
Posts: 2,019
Center Stand on a lowered DL?

We have both an '09 Vee and Wee. I will be putting an Oem centerstand on the Vee but have concerns on putting one on the front and rear lowered Wee.
We are riding both bikes to Prudhoe Bay Ak. in mid July and would like the parking stability and ease of maintenance for my GF's lowered Wee also. She will only ride fire and gravel roads so clearance other than speed bumps is not an issue. She's never scraped the pegs so lean angle isn't an issue either. I've already cut and welded the side stand to gain the proper lean and we've done a few camping trips fully loaded so any lower weight addition shouldn't be an issue.
At 115lbs I realize that she won't be able to get the bike on the stand but I'm wondering whether I will be able too. Any thoughts, comments? Thanks!

'09 VEE
'07 HD SEUC
'09 ST1300P
'06 ST1300
trapperdog is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 03:06 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Roscoe, IL
Posts: 374
parking

On a long trip awfully nice to have a centerstand for maintenance, but for parking you're way better off using the side stand, far more stable. Centerstand works great in the garage for parking, but no big winds in the garage

I'd fit the centerstand without the springs and see if you can get it onto the stand ok, if not easy to take back off, if you can get it up on the stand, then put the springs on.

Bill H.
griffin800 is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 04:42 PM
$tromtrooper
 
chicago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: bishop, CA
Posts: 3,363
Might take both of you to put the lowered bike on the center stand. Still useful for tire/chain maintenance.
For parking on dirt and gravel it can be unstable. Good for concrete/pavement. Side stand works best for that.

14 tooth for me
chicago is offline  
 
post #4 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 05:00 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: SoCa, U.S.A.
Posts: 144
I've read that rolling the bike onto small planks of 3/4" plywood will make putting the bike on the center stand easier.

The grass may look greener, but there is probably more POOP in it!
Columbo is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 05:28 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
With proper technique, getting a lowered bike onto the center stand is not a problem. The Strom is one of the easier bikes to work. There are a lot of videos on the subject. This one is as good as any. I would not pick up the side stand though. It isn't necessary and it lets you put the bike down if you have a problem. Watch the left foot. Notice it comes entirely off the ground. That puts all the body's weight on the tang which helps a lot. It's basically a matter of putting all your weight on the tang and straightening your leg. The arm stays pretty straight so it really isn't a matter of arm muscle at all. Pulling back doesn't really happen or the steering would swivel. The left hand is there to steady the body.


Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 05:42 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Gorby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 275
I'm lowered 3/4" and it's still easy to get up on the centerstand. My VFR at 550 lbs is a different story..... it's pretty tough to get up.

2009 Wee Strom
2008 Honda VFR 800
Gorby is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 06-02-2011, 06:16 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Ranger Ron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Sonoran Desert, Arizona
Posts: 199
The legs of the center stand need to be shortened just like the side stand. Generally, you shorten them about the same amount as the bike has been lowered.

Ron :mrgreen:
Ranger Ron is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 06-03-2011, 05:41 AM
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Squamish B.C Canada
Posts: 4,451
Had the rear of the Wee lowered 1 1/8 inches and the front about 18-20 mm. Had trouble a couple times until I realized how heavy 3 hard cases were when loaded for the road. Park the bike using the side stand, remove bags and put it up on the center stand. Center stand was not modified.

05 / 650 in blue
88 / KDX 200 in green
81/82 DT 175 Yamahussies
79/SP 370 Suzuki-bad bike-no keep
78/ GT 750 water pumper
75/Suzuki 125 RV
water warrior is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 06-03-2011, 07:53 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 79
i don't know exactly what it is about my bike ... but i am convinced it has been lowered by the previous owner (i can touch flat footed on my bike but am on tippee toe when i sit on any other stock bike). i have a center stand which i believe is OEM. it too had been installed prior to me buying.

after watching the videos i am now able to get the bike up on the stand most of the time (still takes 3-4 tries and some grunting). but unlike what i hear from others, both my front and rear tire are still in contact with the ground when the bike sits on the center stand.

in my case the arguement in favour of the center stand for applying chain lube/chain maintenance doesn't apply since the rear tire won't spin freely.

this might be some quirk unique to the set-up on my bike. the suggestion of putting the center stand on and trying it before fighting to install the springs seems like a very good idea.
manleytoulin is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 06-03-2011, 09:30 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Gorby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 275
Quote:
Originally Posted by manleytoulin View Post
i don't know exactly what it is about my bike ...
Man.... it sounds like your bike is lowered about 1.5" or so to go from tippy toes to flat foot. Are the forks raised? If not it's probably impacting handling a bit. Sounds like your center stand was modified as well. The wheel should be higher off the ground than stock with longer links in to lower it.

2009 Wee Strom
2008 Honda VFR 800
Gorby is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome