am i a wimp? - center stand issue

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by maxboxa, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    I noticed that in Ua the Destroyer's video. His bike bounces just enough when it pops up on the center stand that it appears the front and rear tires are both very close to the ground when on the center stand. That means his center stand would have a better angle than mine and should make it easier (which he makes it look!). I have looked at a few 1150 GSA's that have been parked at the local deal and all of them sit higher than mine.
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  2. Ua the Destroyer

    Ua the Destroyer Been here awhile

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    That's the video angle. I have around 2" between the wheel and the ground when it's on the stand. My center stand has a similar looking angle when it's touched down like your photo.
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  3. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    Because of what appears to be lower suspension, I do not have the dreaded over lean that many 1150 GSA's have. There is no concern she will try to take a dirt nap on her own. The other apparent bonus is less stress on the u-joints since the rear swing arm does not drop as harshly as a normal GSA.

    Mine does the same when I bring her off the center stand. There is nothing subtle about it. Since the rear wheel is a few inches off the ground, she comes down pretty heavily. I definitely need to be ready to steady her when she drops.
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  4. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    Dang, I thought I was on to something. Will have to practice my technique then.
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  5. coach03860

    coach03860 Been here awhile

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    FWIW - I just measured it for you. With my 30mm lowered Wilbers suspension and my '12 GS on it's center stand...the distance from the ground to the bottom of my rear tire is 6.5 cm or 2.6 inches. Cheers coach :freaky
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  6. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    Thanks for measuring. My front wheel is 1.75 inches off the ground when on the center stand. Next step is to pull the rear Ohlin and verify it is a GSA model and reset it back to factory recommended settings and adjust from there.
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  7. Ua the Destroyer

    Ua the Destroyer Been here awhile

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    I measured mine today and my memory was wrong. It's more like 1.25 inches of spacing between the tire and ground. That's definitely going to make it easier to pop it up like I do. Maybe yours has been lowered. Mine leans way over on the side stand, buts it is a gs, not GSA. I also have standard length ohlins. I will measure their length while on the stand so you can compare.
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  8. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    I believe I have found my issue. I was able to sneak a peak down onto the top of the shock housing. It is stamped BM 940 (and something that appears to be a 3). This "3" may also be a scratch or mar of some sort. The BM 940 is a rear shock for a 2000-2003 GS. I should have a BM 215, 216 or 515. I believe based on what I have read, this could account for an inch or more of decreased suspension height, and lead to the extra effort to get the bike up on the center stand.

    My choices at this point are fairly clear:

    1. Keep it as is (the height is fine, but I do loose some travel and have to put more effort when putting on the center stand). The lower height should lead to less stress on the u-joints which is a plus.
    2. Sell the rear shock and buy a nice used 215 or 515.
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