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post #1 of 12 Old 07-03-2006, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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SW-Motech center-stand and GPS w/ RAM-mount pics (fixed!)

I got my SW-Motech center-stand ($150 from TwistedThrottle.com) installed last Wednesday and finally got around to getting my pics uploaded.

The installation basically went fine and was simple once I figured out out where all the parts go; doing it again would be a snap.

Why, oh WHY, does SW-Motech include two sets of springs to confuse things?

Aside from that, the only difficulties I had were getting the springs on and that exhaust-side upper bolt installed while trying to keep the stand together (it would have probably helped to clean the threads of the frame beforehand, there was a bit of road-grime in there). The bolt goes up behind the exhaust so you can't get an Allen wrench on it until it's almost all the way in.

The springs weren't too bad, I borrowed a hook from a come-along (ratchet puller) to yank it on.

After a little practice, I got the hang of using the stand. The key is to step down firmly on the pedal-thing while pulling up with a straight back. The bike will just float up onto the stand. I'm still working on a smooth, rolling
takeoff though.





Left-side close-up.


My helper, Immy, kitten-cat #1. The glowing eyes in the window belong to Maia, kitten-cat #2, on her favourite perch.

Here's my GPS, a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX ($380 from Compuplus.com) on it's RAM mount ($36 from GPSCity.com). I'm not totally happy with the location of the mount, it blocks the speedo, so I think I'll move it to the left a little more. The RAM mount is very solid though and seems to be of good quality.


The GPS indicated my speedo was indeed about 8% high. I forgot to check the odo accuracy though.

My next farkle will be some kind of windshield fix; not sure what that will turn out to be.

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how about using smaller pictures? these are unwieldy and macroblocked. the stand comes with an updated spring set as the older springs were prone to breaking. there should have been a note in the box to use the extra set rather than the packaged set.

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Yeah, sorry about the pic sizes but I tried resizing to 25% at Photobucket and they still turned out huge; I don't know why, my previous Photobucket pics have been OK. I thought it might have just been a side effect of my browser (Firefox).

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The humungous picture sizes have been fixed. It was a Microsoft Photo Editor side-effect (I had brightened them up to show more detail).

The springs I used with my stand were labelled "use this set of springs", but I wonder why they packed the old set too? I don't imagine I'll ever have much use for a set of self-destructing springs.


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Re: SW-Motech center-stand and GPS w/ RAM-mount pics (fixed!

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I'm not totally happy with the location of the mount, it blocks the speedo, so I think I'll move it to the left a little more.
Get a RAM mirror stalk mount for $13.


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Interesting. I didn't know there was that option. And it's 1/3 the price too. :cry:

Oh well. Mine should work out OK; I just need to shift it left a couple of inches.

I might buy the mirror stalk version anyway; I need a mount for my XR.


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$13 is just the base with 1"ball, no arm or cradle.
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the springs with the "use this set" are the proper ones. the other set was prone to breakage.

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Oh, OK. That price makes more sense.


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Got a part # for that 8) Mine blocks my Tach for the most part, but that doesn't bother me too much

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$13 is just the base with 1"ball, no arm or cradle.

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