f800GS centerstand

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by 1B1M5W0, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. 1B1M5W0

    1B1M5W0 GS Adventurer

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    Hey All,

    Just picked up a new f800GS (yes, yellow ... the fast one) a few weeks ago and am LOVING it so far !!! I've put nearly 2,000 miles on it in the past 3½ weeks from a 150 mile dirt road ride to a 1,200 mile trip up to Lake Placid NY on all side roads ..... the bike is a VERY nice platform and is handling ALL ya dish out at it with ease.

    My question to other owners .... did you get the stock center stand with the bike ??? or no centerstand ???? or opt for an aftermarket one ??? When I got the bike I did NOT get the BMW centerstand and I have to say that I'm glad cause I'm not crazy about the looks / design of it but now in having the bike for a while I am considering getting a centerstand to ease doing maint and oiling the chain.

    I'm looking at the SW-Motech http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/4389/723/ and am wondering if any of ya'all have experience with this center stand ??? The web images show a great picture of it in it's down position but I can't find anywhere a pic of wha tit looks like UP. Also, how does it compare perfomance wise due to the BMW stock ?

    Any info would be appreciated.
    Thanks
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  2. 1B1M5W0

    1B1M5W0 GS Adventurer

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    Thought I better add a picture of my new toy .... to try to entice anyone into helping out with my centerstand question. :evil

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  3. =o&o>

    =o&o> I like to ==o&o>

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    I got the factory center stand, and have found it quite useful. Even got scrapes in the paint on the sides of the center stand where there was some sand involved in some off-road riding.

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  4. AngryRed

    AngryRed Lost in Cyber Space

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    Factory for me as well. So far no complaints other than I can't get the bike onto the stand while sitting on it.
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  5. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    I popped for the BMW unit as well. No complaints except that it's a bit ugly and gets uglier with use when the paint on the bottom gets scraped. I looked at the SW-Motech unit on the web and the tiny looking feet made me think it wouldn't do well on soft surfaces. I can drop a crushed beer can to supplement the sidestand's ballerina-sized foot, but dropping two in just the right place to fix a centerstand could get tricky.

    As an aside, I've thought of having Line-X put on the bottom of my centerstand to cover/prevent the scraped-paint fugliness. Any thoughts?
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  6. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Don't have my GS yet but I like the Linex idea. I've used it on a few items and it rocks. Thanks for the idea.
    The Motech stand looks like it would punch through asphalt on a hot day.
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  7. Wolweseun

    Wolweseun Adventurer

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    I have the factory stand
    although it may not be the greatest looking it works well and is extremely easy to put the bike on it
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  8. 1B1M5W0

    1B1M5W0 GS Adventurer

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    hmmmm, thanks all so for for the replies / ideas. :nod
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  9. zaner32

    zaner32 In over my head

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  10. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    I found this spray-on liner in an aerosol can.
    I think I'm going to try it:

    http://www.autobarn.net/aertrucbedco.html
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  11. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    I used the non-skid tape that is used on ladders and stairs. Biggest reason was that the stand would slide on my concrete floor when trying to take the bike off the centerstand. Didn't feel like using my foot each time to prevent that slide. Scratch protection is a bonus.
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  12. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I opted for the factory stand...not the best looking but the curve works well...
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  13. klarue

    klarue Been here awhile

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    Yup, me too. It's fine. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again. :D
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  14. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    [quote='Flagger]I used the non-skid tape that is used on ladders and stairs. Biggest reason was that the stand would slide on my concrete floor when trying to take the bike off the centerstand. Didn't feel like using my foot each time to prevent that slide. Scratch protection is a bonus.[/quote]

    That's the simplest yet...how's it holding up??
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  15. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    The funny curved center stand just plain works. It's been around since at least 1990.

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  16. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    It's only been on there for a couple of days. I'll report back when it's got a few more miles.
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  17. blackie

    blackie Still Hibernating

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    Thats a sweet looking ride! They sure don't build them like they used to, always wanted one of the original PDs..
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  18. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    I'm not thrilled with the BMW centerstand. I'll agree with the majority that the centerstand functions well when deployed but I'm not happy about getting it there! My problems start when I try to get a boot on the damn thing to push it down into contact with the ground. Mine neatly folds up behind the sidestand but the contact or 'foot' of is hidden behind the passenger foot peg. This makes for (for me) a tough flamingo like balancing act while trying to grab the centerstand. Imagine what it'll be like when the bike is fully loaded (Jesse bags on order) for traveling? Here's what I see right off the bike ...
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    So tell me, how do you get a foot on your centerstand?
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  19. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Why not leave the bike on the side stand until you get your foot on the center stand? No balancing.

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  20. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    I put the sidestand down while still on the bike.
    lean it over, get off, then put it on the center with the side still down.
    With the sidestand out of the way, it's easier to get your toe in there to get at the center.
    I leave it leaning on the sidestand until I get the center down a bit, then make sure I have a good hold with my foot, then tip it up to center, plant the foot and lift.
    I find it actually much easier than my 650.
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