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post #1 of 12 Old 04-14-2008, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Centerstand versus Sidestand

So, regardless of what brand centerstand you have, once you have one installed, do you guys use it all the time?

I.E., when you leave it at work or whatever? Or do you only really use the centerstand when working on the bike? Does leaving it on the centerstand all the time make it more susceptible to random tip-overs?
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I only use the side stand to get off the bike. Otherwise, it's on the center stand. It's more stable there in my view.

I've learned since posting that. Side stand with the bike in gear has a wider footprint.

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I use it when parking in my garage as it gives me more room. Also used for maintenance.

I stopped putting the bike on the center stand at work after my Connie got blown over in a wind storm. I *think* it's better on the side stand in these situations.

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The centerstand is great for maintenance, packing (so your stuff doesn't slide to one side), as well as overall parked stability. In most situations, I think the bike is more stable on the centerstand and takes up less room. However, the side stand can be useful as well, especially if you're parked in between side-standers or have trouble getting the bike on/off the stand without knocking over the bikes next to yours

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Center stand is also good for filling up the gas tank and checking your oil level. The side stand is more stable because the 3 contact points are so wide apart. Put your feet together and see how easy someone can push you over.

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My bike is lowered 3/4". It's too easy to push the thing over to the opposite side of the side stand.

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Center stand is also good for filling up the gas tank .
common misconception

you can get more gas in when on the sidestand, the filler neck leaves an air space on top of the tank for fuel expansion, when tilted on the sidestand the air space is smaller and fuel capacity is larger



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My bike is lowered 3/4". It's too easy to push the thing over to the opposite side of the side stand.
must be a wee thing, on my Vee (lowered 1" rear and 5/8" front) it's still leaning more than enuf, before I lowered it, it leaned almost too much


I find absolutely no need for a centerstand, maintenance I use my lift (EazyRizer) and raise the whole bike to a comfortable work height, as it is, I drag the sidestand occasionally while cornering, I don't need a centerstand to have it scrape hardware even more often



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I use the centerstand about half the time when parked, especially if space may be a concern, or I'm loading up with something. It's almost always on the centerstand in the garage, for spacial, maintenance and loading reasons.

I think the bike might be more theft-resistant on the centerstand, too. I'm pretty certain that your average bike thief might be confounded by it and move on. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

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I use the centerstand 95% of the time. I'm only on the side to get off the bike or when its totally flat and not going to be there long.

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