On the morning of July 19th, I was going to head out on a little tour to the MOA national on my R1200GS. Got everything packed and ready, and started off. Went to the gas station to fill up, and when I put the bike up on the centerstand, it wobbled a little before coming to rest. After gassing up, I took a good look at it, and it turned out that I had a broken centerstand pivot bolt. At first, I thought "oh, it has loosened up and fallen out" which was alarming, but as I looked closer, the head was still there. I figure that when riding two-up going around a fast bumpy corner leaned way over, we must have bumped the centerstand pretty hard a few times, and that weakened it, and then it let go the rest of the way gradually. The gas station was close to home, so I turned around and went home to my garage to sort out the problem. I didn't really want to go away on a 2 week tour with NO centerstand, so fixing it was important. I went to drill out and ez-out the broken off part, but my left-handed drill bit actually unscrewed the broken part for me, so I never had to use the ez-out (this is exactly why you want lefty drill bits, BTW). Next, I had to find a replacement. The bolt in question was 10mm in diameter and had a head shaped like a counter sunk screw, which fit perfectly into a recess as it held the centerstand to the frame. I first called the nearest dealer. They are an MSRP kind of shop and no, they didn't have one, but could order me one and it would cost about THIRTEEN DOLLARS FOR ONE LOUSY BOLT. Not wanting to wait for an order OR pay that much, I rummaged around my toolbox and came up with a regular allen bolt of the correct diameter and thread pitch. I reasoned that a large washer under the head would be forced into a cone shape as the bolt was tigtened, and that ought to work for the tour. So, I tried it, and it worked. However, the bolt I had found wasn't marked for hardness and I was a little concerned, so I took a chance and called my local hardware store (an Ace affiliate). Now, this is not a huge place, so I was not terribly hopeful, but I described what I was looking for and held the line while the man went off to look at the hardware. Amazingly enough, they had what I needed!!! They had various lengths, too! I think they were about a buck a piece or a little bit more. Definitely under $2.00 each. So, I ran down and grabbed a few so I'd have spares. I now carry one in the tool kit and have a couple of extras in my collection at home. As I thought about it, I decided to use a replacement that was longer than the stock bolt so that it would protrude out the other side. This way, if it ever broke, I could grab the protruding end with a pair of pliers and unscrew it, instead of having to drill it out. So, you might want to check your centerstand bolts, and replace them with long ones if they show any signs of distress. Oh, one other thing. To get everything lined up for bolt replacement, you will be fighting the centerstand spring. Sit down in the floor next to the bike facing backward (so you're looking at where the bike has just been) and use a foot on the centerstand to push it into alignment as you thread the replacement bolt. I will post a pic of what these bolts look like when I get a chance.