I recently bought a 2006 DL1000 and it doesn’t have a center stand. I’d like to pay around $150-$200. If anyone has any leads on one new or used let me know
Look up "Studebaker Center Stand" They are an exact copy of the OEM Suzuki but made in China. I installed one last summer and I challenge anyone to show me the difference. Everything comes with it. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RETURN SPRINGS, they are a real problem finding them. A Suzuki 550 of some years is the same. I bought my stand in pieces until I found a site selling the entire stand...I needed the bushings that install into the frame. My cost was over $250 or a bit more. I should have just purchased an OEM and been done with it. You should be able to get a Studebaker for $200. It' easy to install the stand but a PIA to attach the springs. There are You Tube videos to consult.OEM stands turn up new on eBay as well.
That's a cheaper price than what I found last summer. At that time most were at $280 or so. I suckered in on one at $150 and it came without springs as I knew it would by the description(I mean who would have thought the springs were as hard to find as an honest politician?) What I did not note was that it was also missing the steel bushings. I got the bushings from the guy that has the Studebaker stands but had to pay shipping and buy a kit that included the springs I got from Suziki once I found out which springs to order. When the "smoke cleared" as they say, I had my stand mounted and had extra springs and the cost was just shy of $250 as I recall. Getting the whole deal at $247 is definitely a better way to go, but it may be possible to find the Studebaker for under $200?How about 247 for a factory one?
2004 - 2013 SUZUKI V-STROM 1000 DL1000 VSTROM NEW OEM CENTER STAND KIT | eBay
Installed a firmer spring in August and in forks too with heavier oil. Big difference. The only riding I'm liable to do that will ground the center stand arm will be if I drop the rear wheel in a deep rut and maybe it will keep me from getting stuck?The only times I've grounded the stand were chasing some poor bastard on a new Ducati on a bumpy high crowned sealed road. (And I say poor bastard because he was obviously running the new Duc in and I kept running into him that weekend - I had fun ). And on gravel roads with high center piles of gravel.
If you are grounding the stand more than very rarely, up the rear preload/put firmer springs in the rear.