Thanks for all the great input so far!
The welded on steel route is definitely not going anywhere and if it does you have other problems!
The size will be bigger than what you see but not at the expense of being more vulnerable or awkward to use.
It will also be trimmed in the right spot to facilitate the raising and lowering without too much leaning.
No vulnerable hardware will used underneath.
Bushwacker: You really found the side stand too short?
Griz: What are you using how? Could you give me dimensions? Obviously the ground softness can vary a lot but how has yours worked?
Keeping a tolerable price is a major goal.
...I think I want a bungee keeper for my center stand...it makes quite a racket down there...hmmmm.