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Center Stand Update

Well, here it is a week later and I'll bet I've remade this stupid stand 15 times and I think I'm finally getting close. When I get one part to work, something is always in the way and it has to be redesigned to make that something fit. When that something fits, something else doesn't. Making everything go together is quiet a chore and it's all trial and error.Prototypes are time consuming and aggravatiing, not to mention getting expensive. Getting real close though.

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Very impressive!
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Good on Ya, Don!
Be damned nice if you can come up with a good one that someone can make up for the rest of us!
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don, question...got an idea...did you draw anything out with dimensions???? sort of a cad file? just by the pictures, i think i can cut it in one piece on my water jet.
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don, question...got an idea...did you draw anything out with dimensions???? sort of a cad file? just by the pictures, i think i can cut it in one piece on my water jet.
I have somewhat drawn it out, but the design and dimensions keep changing almost on an hourly basis as I build. I used to be in the oil business and when we needed something we built it first and then drew the plans. Seems kind of ass backwards, but it's the only way this will work. There are three main pieces and their relationship to each other in the design alters each of their design as I see another modification dictated by a small alteration of any of them. When I get it to a truly workable model, I'll draw it.

Do you have a manufacturing facility? I'll need one sooner or later.

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not exactly...I'm a mechanical and electrical engineer and I'm the manager of our maintenance department. just an industrial machine shop in a chemical plant. basically set up for making emergency parts.
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Dang - that thing looks pretty complex to put together! I can apreciate all the problems you're running into. Good luck with this project. One consideration you might not have had a chance to check out yet... will it drag the pavement before the footpegs on hard turns?

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It appears that the "infamous" (impossible) center stand for the Versys is going into production shortly. It is solid steel and the weight is turning out to be about 9 lbs. Tubing would put the cost of the stand in the $600.00 + side so I'm not even thinking about it. It is a simple 4 bolt and 1 spring assembly and can be done in 15 to 30 minutes depending on you mechanical ability. This stand allows the use of the side stand at any time.

As it stand now the price of the stand will be in the $225.00 plus shipping range. The stand will be powder coated black as a standard however the Two Stage (two tone as seen in the pictures) with gloss coat is available for an additional cost.

Just keeping everyone up to date and will contact you with a final cost and shipping dates.

Here's a link to the video if you missed it.

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Thats fantastic! I 'll be thinking about that. Love the center stand

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Nice work, Don. By chance have you a photo of the bike with the stand retracted?


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Nice work, Don. By chance have you a photo of the bike with the stand retracted?
Well, dummy me didn't take a picture of the finished product with the stand up but here is one early version that will give you an idea. The 3 plates on the bottom of the stand were adjustments to heights and the finished stand only had one foot under each leg. A friend of mine has the finished product doing some testing right now so I can't get a current picture of the stand up.

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anxiously awaiting a green light for payment...great work don.
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Well, dummy me didn't take a picture of the finished product with the stand up but here is one early version that will give you an idea. The 3 plates on the bottom of the stand were adjustments to heights and the finished stand only had one foot under each leg. A friend of mine has the finished product doing some testing right now so I can't get a current picture of the stand up.

Understood, Don. I'll look forward to seeing a photo when one is available.


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Hi Don

Any idea when will the first stands be coming off the production line? I live in South Africa and really want one. However, I will be in Toronto in a couple of weeks for a short bit, which will make shipping a whole lot simpler, if things can be made to work out.

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Hi Don

Any idea when will the first stands be coming off the production line? I live in South Africa and really want one. However, I will be in Toronto in a couple of weeks for a short bit, which will make shipping a whole lot simpler, if things can be made to work out.

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I don't think it's going to make it in time to ship to Canada in your time frame but send me an email with your name, email address and phone number and I'll put you in the database to be notified as soon as they start shipping. Send your info to [email protected]. I can also email you updates directly as far as the status of the stand. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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Don, Don't remember whether you told me you lowered your bike or not. Just wondering if it is for a lowered version. Kind of hopeing it was. Please take some of this Iowa snow and send some warm air.

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he's got a sporty foot in the right position, so my assumption is that he has lowered.
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Yes, I have the lowering kit with a bigfoot on my Versys. It does not matter whether or not you have the lowering kit as the center stand mounts on frame items that are not affected by lowering it. The lowering kit lowers the top portion of the bike but the ground clearance remains the same so there is no problem.

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Don, Don't remember whether you told me you lowered your bike or not. Just wondering if it is for a lowered version. Kind of hopeing it was. Please take some of this Iowa snow and send some warm air.
Poor baby! I guess I should have some sympathy for you but I'll think about it while I'm our riding in the nice Texas weather.

Come on down when you get a chance and I'll treat you to some great BBQ a cold beer and some great riding weather.

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Don, I wondered if it worked on the lowered bike. We had lowered one of my wifes BMW's for her and had to cut the center stand down or you couldn't get it up on it easy. Your point makes sense with this one. Balmy 30 here with an inch of snow. Lovely

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