A year ago, right after I first got the Versys as my first big bike, I knew I would need paddock stands for basic maintenance jobs and others not so basic. Rear mainly for chain, but also front for winter storage. I browsed the internet for stands and something caught my eye (can't remember if it was on this forum or somewhere else but I can't find it again). A Versys owner from Israel had designed and made his own stand and posted pictures of it. It was a central paddock stand (if I can call it that) that had a steel pipe beam going through the hollow crossbeam that the frame was made of, through the middle of the bike. You only have to remove 2 plastic covers on either side to get access to it. It basically lifts the bike on the principle of a classic central stand under the bike, though with an opposite leverage point (at least for me, because I lift the bike with my body facing front of the bike, with my left foot on the left leg of the stand pulling the lever towards me and the bike slightly forward).
He also posted a nice little technical drawing with measurements. He had a Gen 2 (IIRC), but the principle was the same since Gen 3 also has a hollow crossbeam through the bike. It looked pretty solid and I thought he did a damn good job with it. So I saved the pictures on my PC and that's where I left it for the time being. Back then I didn't even know these were called ABBA stands, since I didn't know there was a company that was making them (called ABBA, obviously). We'll get to that in a second.
Some time passed, I put on some miles and it was time to think about those stands again. I looked at the prices locally (for 2 classic paddock stands, front and rear) and they were rather pricey. In the meantime, I found out this concept was called ABBA so I figured might as well go for the manufactured stuff. Alas, Versys 650 was not in the list. Crap! I wasn't going to spend my dineros on 2 paddock stands though, so I finally decided to make my own following that guy's example. I got the materials, the tools and the welder and began. After a bit of shoddy welding, my uncle (that I borrowed the welder from) came by, took pity on me and helped me finish the job.
I made some key adjustments, however. First of all, I modified the design slightly. Since the original design had the bike supported by welds, my uncle and I agreed it was much better to cut the guides for the central beam into the main supporting steel sections of the stand itself, putting the weight of the bike on them and having the welds there just to hold things in place. Second, since I couldn't use the lever the way it was made in the original design, I put the guide for the lever on the side and also a stopping point for the lever (so it doesn't slide down through it as I'm lifting the bike). And lastly, I shortened the height of the stand obviously to account for the first modification and to allow the bike to be lifted in the first place (too high and the angle of the stand before lifting would be so sharp not even a Hulk could lift it
). I shortened the main supporting steel sections for about 20mm (from 665 to roughly 645; see original design schematic).
And that was it. I drilled the holes for the safety pin (minor modification to make it simple, instead of 2 pinch bolts on the beam guides; again see original design schematic), painted the thing in matte black, put standard plastic caps into the feet and lower ends of main sections and voila - job done! I also cut a piece of wooden beam into a block (238mm long) to lift the front of the bike so that the front and rear wheel are pretty much leveled, making this a great setup to also change my oil (and of course, for winter storage). Perfect!
I would like to say thanks to that guy from Israel who made this originally, without him I probably wouldn't even think of making this myself. So if you're reading this my friend, I owe you a beer.
Pictures below, along with original pictures from the Israeli guy as attachments.