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post #1 of 16 Old 07-03-2006, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Keep side-stand on now that I have a center-stand?

Just wondering if I should bother keeping my side-stand on now that I have the SW-Motech center-stand.

I still use the side-stand when dismounting the bike. I pop it up onto the center-stand after getting off.


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Unless you can get the bike onto the centre stand before you get off, I think you're asking for trouble! I'd leave it on - where's the harm?
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I left mine on, and I think most people do. I tried getting my bike up onto the centerstand with a sore back once - I was unsuccessful. I'm glad I had the sidestand then. Besides, what do you gain (other than an insignificant weight reduction) by removing the sidestand?

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I have had a few friends who have had their bikes knocked over in high winds when on the center stand.

My MSC instructor stated that you should always overnight the bike on the side stand for just that reason.
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My vote is to leave it on.

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I'd ask yourself what the advantage of taking it off would be.
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I'd ask yourself what the advantage of taking it off would be.
The only advantage I can envision is a pound or so less weight to partially offset what the center-stand added.

I think I'll leave it be.


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STRONGLY recommend leaving the sidestand on for a plethora of reasons. If your only reason for removing it is to save weight then, well, come up w/another reason as we're talking a/b the V-Strom not a race bike here! :shock: I doubt 99.99% of Strom riders could even ride the bike differently w/such insignificant weight savings. :wink:

Trust me on this one... leave it on.

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Centerstands are not intended as replacements to sidestands but as a supplement for maintenance, wheel removal, and some parking situations where you want the bike upright.

Remove it and you will always have to balance the bike as you dismount. While most of us can do this, eventually it's a sure-fire prescription for expensive tipovers as you deal with off-camber situations, gravel, off-road riding, etc.

The proper way to dismount with almost zero chance of a tipover is exactly as MSF teaches it: hold front brake, deploy sidestand, rest bike on stand, dismount, turn handlebars full-lock left.

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Re: Keep side-stand on now that I have a center-stand?

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Just wondering if I should bother keeping my side-stand on now that I have the SW-Motech center-stand.
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Try getting off your bike without using the side stand.



After you get up off the ground and and pick your bike up, I think you'll decide to leave the side stand on the bike.

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