Another centerstand dead!

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  1. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Dagnabit!

    69,875 miles. Parking in the garage, no bags or cargo....


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    This is OEM #2. The first one died at 28553 miles (under warranty)


    I'm considering the Hepco Becker as a replacement. Any negative comments on that one?
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  2. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I have a used stocker. Pay shipping and it's yours.
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  3. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Do tell?

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  4. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    Ya, I can see the tubing material wearing out after that many miles. I may just cut, shape and weld an outer piece at the contact area to prevent that.
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  5. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    I don't weld but that is a good idea. I was thinking about sleaving it with rubber but welding is a better idea.

    It is just another design flaw. Lasts just long enough but not the life of the bike. I suspect it's another case of shaving material to save weight in the bottom line.
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  6. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    Have one on my F8GS, only 15K miles on it so far. The only minor quibble with it is the tang (or whatever it's called) to deploy the stand is a bit fiddly to get my toe in on it.
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  7. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Are you running any bags? If so, interference?
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  8. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    The SW Motech would not fail the way yours did. it does not have the curve. See www.twistedthrottle.com By the way, you have almost exactly 10 times the mileage as I do on an 800GS. You got any other tips for us. Dave
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  9. lmclamore

    lmclamore Citation Collector

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    I've got the same problem with the OEM center stand on my 798. Sometimes I can smell the top of my boot getting seared after fishing around for the tang under there.
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  10. lepoer

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    With respect to the Hepco & Becker stand, I recently purchased one. Attempted to install myself as it said that you could use simple hand tools to install it. There was no way that I could get the springs to reach. I even tried an old drum brake spring puller to get them to reach. I beat the hell out of the center stand in the process and finally sent info about the spring length, etc to the seller who then forwarded the info on to H&B.

    Still awaiting an answer. I am hoping that I was sent the wrong springs. Otherwise, I would expect you need to possess inhuman strength to install. Instructions included were no help with respect to order of installation or tips on how to get the springs connected.

    Your results may vary, of course, but thats my $.02.
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  11. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Well SW Motech is moving up the list.

    As to tips, no. My technique appears to have no patent and is common for this crowd: ride, repair, repeat. :D

    It ain't perfect and I don't mind (much:wink: ) I love riding this thing!
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  12. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Well that's painful. When you get the answer post back. It may influence my purchase.
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  13. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Looking at these two stands, the HB appears to be half the tang and angled compared to the SW Motech. I would think the HB would be easier to lauch.

    Hepco Becker

    SW Motech
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  14. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I prop my bike up on the SW centerstand barefooted. No shit.
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  15. ilvecchio

    ilvecchio Been here awhile

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    Attempted to install myself as it said that you could use simple hand tools to install it. There was no way that I could get the springs to reach.

    An old trick is to bend the spring one way and insert a penny into the gap created by the bending. Then bend the spring the other way and insert another penny. Now the spring is a little bit longer. Keep doing this until the spring is long enough to attach to the centerstand when it is up. Then push the stand down and let the pennys fall out.
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  16. bpken11

    bpken11 Back to the Dirt

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    I put the SW on mine 6,000 miles ago, I also purchased the special tool to deal with the spring. The spring was a bit of a challange, but I did not have to beat up the unit, and it took me about 15 minutes total to install the unit.

    Up and down no problem! Highly recommend.

    Oh, I run with about 40 lbs of luggage, tools, etc all the time.
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  17. JoelWisman

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    I like the penny idea a lot for dealing with the spring!

    My technique for putting the spring on all brands of center stand is quicker though.

    I attach vice grips to the hook of the spring at just the right angle. Next I lay on the ground with my foot against the front tire.

    Next I pull on the vice grips while screaming Like a small angry child till one of the bigger guys in the shop comes along and snaps the spring on without even breaking a sweat.

    Works every time!

    As for the stocker wearing through where it grinds against the pavement, you can get some sort of strip (think it's Teflon) at a skate board shop. It's made to protect the boards for sliding on curbs and such. Anyways, a few customers have epoxied that on to where the metal meats pavement and it seems to be lasting. I believe they used heat to form it.

    Welding might work better, but if you can't weld....
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  18. tmex

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    Two comments:

    1> A spring puller, such as the unit sold by Motion Pro, makes spring installation easy.

    2> The center stand should not be used for routine parking of the bike. It is intended for maintenance (wheel removal).
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  19. Dieselboy

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    Ah, now that is a truly useful idea! :clap

    Thanks :thumb
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  20. Dieselboy

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    So akin to this, you would subscribe to the manufacture's stated limitation that neither stand is designed to support the weight of the rider?


    Sorry, I disagree. The center stand is too useful for packing, parking, limited space arrangements....Yours will certainly last longer, but that's a self-imposed restriction that doesn't fit my methods.
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