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I postes this query earlier but now cannot find it. It must not have posted.

I noticed in other threads that some of our members have listed the centerstand as an accessory on their Stroms, along with skid plates, bags, lights etc. Mine didn't have it when I bought it used, with the seller telling me that it couldn't be installed because of the skid plate I have. I saw the same skidplate and side guards on Knybanjo's 650 so that obviously isn't right.

But again, is that an optional accessory?
 

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Center stand is an aftermarket item, but Suzuki does make/sell one. So do other companies including SW Motech. Some combinations of parts work together, some don't. Some people will modify particular items to make them work together. PM Knybanjo and ask him. I'm sure he'll be glad to help you.

Skid plates, all luggage, crash bars, hand guards... all aftermarket. You likely got your bike close stock form. There's not much you could remove from a stock Strom and still sell it without someone noticing.
 

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The center stand is not a standard item. Several are available including one from Suzuki. For the 650, the Afrika is a Suzuki clone. SW-Motech and Hepco & Becker also make stands for 650s and 1000s. The 650 and 1000 need different stands.
 

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Center stand is an aftermarket item, but Suzuki does make/sell one. So do other companies including SW Motech. Some combinations of parts work together, some don't. Some people will modify particular items to make them work together. PM Knybanjo and ask him. I'm sure he'll be glad to help you.

Skid plates, all luggage, crash bars, hand guards... all aftermarket. You likely got your bike close stock form. There's not much you could remove from a stock Strom and still sell it without someone noticing.
Suzuki does have luggage and handguards...though, the luggage is made by another manufacturer and just rebranded.

Also, the various centerstands have subtle differences. The Suzuki centerstand has less clearance on left hand turns. The SW Motech give less ground clearance, but doesn't have less clearance on left hand turns.
 

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Thanks gents. The bike was actually reasonably well farkled when I bought it, with handguards, aftermarket mirrors, skid plate, engine/side guards, oil cooler guard, soft bags, and touring trunk. I added some Givi EV-21 bags that I had in the attic and a set of highway pegs. The first time I oiled the chain, I was really wishing I had a center stand. It's an absolute necessity on long trips to properly service the chain. This is the first chain driven bike I've had without one.

After posting this note, I took a closer look at the skid plate rear mounts and they appear to afix to the same place a center stand would mount. What I don't know is if the center stand is wide enough at the attachment points to fit over the skid plate. I'll send Knybanjo a PM and ask his advice.

One thing I mentioned in my original post (that didn't seem to go through) was that the pic Knybanjo posted in the "show me your sport tourer VStrom thread was a good one. I looks like it was taken at the Tail of the Dragon in a hard left curve with his Wee in a good lean. It enabled me to take a good close look at his skid plate and center stand. I'll be riding the Dragon in July.

Thanks again for the replies. Mike
 

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well.........

For an unsolicited two cents worth I added the Hepco~Becker center stand. I read up on it on here and most suggested that the factory one isn't very sturdy and some of the others don't fit real well and wobble around? I am a big boy (+300) and I can climb up on the bike on the center stand with no probs and if I want to I can fire the bike and just wiggle it forward and with a little judicious application of throttle and clutch ride it for ward and away.

Flint
 

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Good tip Flint. I had HB engine guards on my Beemer and they were a quality product. It seems that I have many options. I'm going to have to resolve the issue of the rear skid plat mounts. I just need to get it up on the lift when I return home and take a a close look.
 

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It looks like the skid plate/crash bar setup that Knybanjo is using are the Pat Walsh Design. I have the same along with the Suzuki center stand. They fit together without problems on my bike.
 
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