Beware V-Strom Centerstand

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by tedmarshall, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. tedmarshall

    tedmarshall Been here awhile

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    Word of warning. The SW-MOTECH aftermarket centerstand can cause injury under this circumstance:
    mildly rough railroad bed, modest speed (25-30 mph)...it can extend and retract violently, settling upward an inch or so beyond the stop.

    I was standing on the pegs when the centerstand extension came up and whacked my left heel.

    When I got home I hammered the centerstand back into proper position. I noted the puny stop wasn't enough to prevent this incident.

    My solution: remove centerstand before any vigorous off-road excursion. My heel was torn open even though the boot wasn't punctured. Lots of blood and bruising.

    Ted
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  2. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    `Scratching centerstand off the list
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  3. sweater

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    ...was at the top of mine, unfortunately.

    Looking at the first 600mile oil change with no stand around to work with, I was going to install a center stand for good. Now? Notsomuch.

    What to use for a stand, then? Any old MC stand, a la Checker/Autozone/etc? :huh

    - mike
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  4. rich_mc

    rich_mc Full Fledged MEM-Ber

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    Got any pics?? I've got the Suzuki stand and wanna make sure it's not an issue with that one.....
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  5. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Swingarm bobbins and a paddock stand.
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  6. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    A small floor jack under the dogbone, using the sidestand as a pivot, does the trick. Not sure why you need a stand for an oil change, though.
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  7. sweater

    sweater n00b

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    That answers two questions, then.

    Transitioning from 4-wheeling/rock crawling hobby to this bike as a primary means of motorsports, I've found that I need a different take on tools and shop setup for some, but not all, stuff. Reading up on the pros/cons of centerstands on the Wee, I had assumed that a centerstand was one of the first things that people put on - until I figured out how much these things are taken off-road. Which I hope to learn hella more how to do.

    I just assumed that you'd want the bike as flat as possible when doing any sort of fluid maintenance on it...

    - mike
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  8. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Long timer

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    If you want a center stand, install the HEPCO-BECKER.
    Very high quality. I have this on my 06 DL650 and have no problems.
    Rode out to Colorado this summer and traveled many rough roads in search of trout streams. No center stand issues.
    Glen
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  9. Dirtgeek

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    thanks i'm going out to inspect mine. rode it to work today

    al:1drink :1drink
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  10. DRZ400SK4

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    Solution...

    $40 paddock stand.

    [​IMG]
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  11. Holmes

    Holmes Been here awhile

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    Interesting - never heard of this one before. I've got a SW centerstand on my bike and have beaten the piss out of it on a jeep trail recently with no issues (other than me wiping out). I'll take a closer look at mine today.
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  12. sweater

    sweater n00b

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    Yah - found yer post over on Stromtrooper, just can't find a local supplier in Denver. Which surprises me. Very bike-friendly area...

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  13. M0t0Rider

    M0t0Rider Been here awhile

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    Dam....thats alot of wheel weight ya got there....

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  14. twowheelnut

    twowheelnut Back from the shadows.

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    Until you turn into a compression corner and that cross bar digs into the pavement, lifting the rear off the ground. Not fun. And yes,my stand is only several months old and it's still of the old design... The 'new' ones were to have that cross bar beveled. Not.
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  15. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    The Strom is critically short of ground clearance. The Suzuki OEM stand, while a little worse on cornering clearance, doesn't have the cross-bar hanging down lower in the back like the SW-Motech. I think for off-pavement use, the Suzuki is probably the better stand.

    - Mark
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  16. DRZ400SK4

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    Yep...

    But thankfully it makes the bike rock-steady, right up to 185 kms/hr.


    :thumb
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  17. Jet Jaguar

    Jet Jaguar King of the poseurs

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    +1

    I also have the SW-Motech centerstand and the habit of taking Der Panzerschwein into rougher places than I should, and I've never had this happen to me either. This is the first I've ever heard of anything like this. It may have just been an unfortunate fluke. How did it fail, exactly? Did something hit it? Did the bump stop bend? What part of it did you have to hammer out? Photos would help, if you have any.
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  18. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Would it help to tie the center stand in the upright position position before going into rugged terrain?
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  19. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Long timer

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    I would agree with your concearns about pavment cornering clearance at agressive angle's however the original poster was refering to moderate gravel road riding (25-30mph) and the lack of an adequet bumper stop.
    My total ground clearance with h-b center stand is 6.5 inches.
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  20. westnash

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    bingo
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