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PostSubject: Centre stand sorted   Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:51 pm

After putting up for too long with the effort to get bike up on stand I finally got round to modifying the stand.
I can now do it in slippers with little effort.
Why on earth did Honda not do this simple shortening mod ?
All it needed was the legs shortened by 10 mm !!!
I cut the 10 mm out of both legs with a grinder, reinforced the joints with pieces of 21 mm tube inserted in the legs and welded ( in a crude fashion) the joint together.
Any welding shop could do it for you.
Now to add 20mm to the side stand and I will be happy. cheers 
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PostSubject: Re: Centre stand sorted   Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:19 pm

I think that Honda designed the height so you would be able to remove the rear tire in the field. If you lower the height, then your rear tire may not clear the bike.  Others have made modifications to the length of the side arm of the center stand. This would allow for more leverage when standing on the arm to raise the bike on to the center stand.
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PostSubject: Re: Centre stand sorted   Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:50 pm

I added 3/4 inch to the side stand, and found it too high.
Reduced the lean angle on the bike too much.
1/2 an inch was just right.

When I had a lot of weight in the topbox, and on the rack on top of the top box, and saddlebags, and other things for a trip, it became too top heavy. That and a gust of wind tipped over the bike.
Never had that happen after I added the height to the side stand.
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PostSubject: Re: Centre stand sorted   Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:41 am

Two points re your replies.
There is still at least 1/2" ground clearance for the rear tyre so ok there.
Take the point about too much added to side stand,will be cautious .
As we drive on the left in the UK the camber makes the leanover worse when using the side stand on the highway,but obviously not on flat parking.
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PostSubject: Re: Centre stand sorted   Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:24 am

Brian,
What you call camber, I think we in America call "Road Crown".
The curvature of the road to insure that rain runs off to the sides.
I can imagine that is a big deal to have the side stand on the same side as the camber.
Since you have redone the center stand, I recommend that you use that in street-side parking.
Otherwise, have something that you can keep under your seat and put under the foot of the side stand when you need it.

Good luck.

Dan
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PostSubject: Re: Centre stand sorted   Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:09 pm

There is a sidestand pad that is used to spread the weight, when using sidestand on soft ground. Mine is made of plastic and by tying a peice of string to it you can lower it to the ground from the riding position tie the sting to the handlebar. When time to go untie string gather up stand suppport and away you go. Smile 
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