Center Stand for XR650L and XT225

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  1. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    I went over to Mountain Eagle's and test fit a couple of center stands. Solved most of the problems with the stand. The new spring works better but there is still a adjustment needed for clearance. That looks like that will be easy to fix.

    I still don't like the stop for the up position. It works fine after it is up and rides fine. But the hit from the spring on the rubber stop does allow the stand to hit the lower chain roller bracket. If the stand is not restrained manually when the bike is taken off the stand I am afraid it could do damage to the bracket over time. It would not be a problem for me since even on my bike I manually return the stand to the up position. Mtne made a couple of suggestions on how to solve this and I will be working on those this week.

    Other then that it appears the stand is very close to being ready.

    Thanks for your help Mountain Eagle, it is appreciated.

    Cigar Mike
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    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    I think it is right now. Hopefully one more test fitting will prove this to be so.

    Cigar Mike
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    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    Checked the TE610 stand this evening and it works well. The spring is going to make contact with the stand when down but will work good. Good tension in the up position.

    I will start making stands to fill orders that are waiting tomorrow. They should be available next week.

    Cigar Mike
  4. xrbeast

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    Hey Mike,
    I just received the XR250R stand. I loved the way it fits but unfortunately, i think my bike is kinda short (japanese Baja model) and i was exhausted when i finally brought the bike up on stand.. a good 4 inches off the ground at the rear.:eek1 no wonder i was exhausted. No biggy, a visit to a workshop to shorten it will do the trick.
    Overall, i still like the stand.. :clap

    A satisfied customer from the little dot - Singapore
  5. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    Be careful when you shorten the stand. I suggest with the bike on the stand, place a 1" thick piece of material under the front tire and rear tire and see how much clearance there is at the rear. Because of the fulcrum 1/2" shorter will make about 1" or more difference in rear wheel ground clearance. Not cutting off to much will make your life much easier. By placing thicker or thinner boards under both wheels you will be able to determine how much to shorten the legs. You can even test how much difference there will be in getting the bike on the stand by rolling the bike up on the boards front a rear and then lifting the bike. This should indicate to you how much easier it will be to get the bike up on the stand.

    Getting the bike up on the stand may be more a matter of technique though rather then height. There are several videos on line showing how to get different bikes on a center stand. I built many stands with 3 1/2" of ground clearance so that on soft ground the rear wheel would still be off the ground. While it is a little harder to get the bike up on the stand I never had much more of a problem getting it up on the stand. But like you others have, so I reduced the ground clearance. The difference in the length of the legs between the tall and standard is 1/2" in length. Placing as much weight as possible on the press down leg makes a big difference. One hand on the handle bars and one at the frame near the air box (or lower) to lift and pull back as you press down on the leg should make it go up pretty easily.

    I would guess that with the taller stand that you can rock the bike back on the rear wheel and it will stay there keeping the front wheel off the ground. I liked this but most would rather it be shorter to make it a little easier to get on the stand.

    It probably would have been smart to have you check the dimension before I shipped it to your part of the world. I will do this in the future.

    Sorry that it is not just right for your bike. Let me know what I can do. Cigar Mike's policies are shown at my site.

    Thanks,

    Cigar Mike
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    Mike, thanks for the advice. I surfed the net for tips...and I finally found the right technique to center stand my bike. Combination of rocking, strong foot push, firm right hand grip at the right area and a straight back (important to prevent back sprains).. My bike is equipped with a pair of 1430 pelican pannier and a top box, and with road tires (shorter ground clearance), hence posed a challenge initially.... I'm all happy now:D
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    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    That is good to hear. I would like to see what your rig looks like. Could you post a picture? Or send a picture to me?

    I would like to mention that if you want a center stand and the bike has been modified very much. Let me know. I can make some minor adjustments that make the stand work a little better for your particular bike. Custom heights and the balance point can be modified to some degree.

    Cigar Mike
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    sure.. i post some pictures soon.. also, previously i mentioned 4 " ground clearance at rear,that was because of uneven ground... on even ground it looks to be right at 2 to 3"...
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    as promised.

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    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    xrbeast,

    Nice looking XR250. It looks like you have spent some time getting it set up for your needs.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Cigar Mike
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  14. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    I imagine that I could. I just don't have the time to do one for all the models requested. I hope to get to a few new models by the end of the year. Fortunately demand for the models I do make is not that great after a period of time which allows me to work on other projects.

    I will add your request to the list.

    Cigar Mike
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    Was jumping and rough trail riding all day today. No problems or noise from the center stand.

    :D

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    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    r00t4rd3d,

    There is no such thing as too much fun!

    Thanks,

    Cigar Mike
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    WeeBee Roaming ADV Gnome

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    Mike - do you think you will be able to try and engineer a stand for US model Transalps in the coming months? I'm sure if you could make them that you'd have no problem selling a bunch.
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    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    There is an inmate that lives a little North of me and has been kind enough to offer his bike to see what I can do. I did a little bit of searching here to see what I could find out about the stands for this model. I am curious to see if what someone else has done can be used. The owner is gone for a week of river running but we are going to see what can be done when he gets back.

    So I guess it is a definite "Maybe".

    Cigar Mike
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    Awesome! :bow:thumb
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    Mike - email on the way.
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