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Back at it.....The Center Stand that is

Well after about a week of feeling sorry for myself about not making my previous center a workable item, I started over and I might be on the right track this time. This stand simply bolts on with 4 bolts. It seems that when I get something working, I see a better way to do it and start over. Still some tweaking to do, but the new stand actually works. They sure didn't make it easy.

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Looks like a good solution! I can't wait to see the final product.

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Now I have four!
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Can't keep a good man down, eh Don?

Good luck, as always and keep us posted!

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You're a hero in my book just for tackling this issue.
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Don it looks like you tie into the passenger foot peg brackets this area is also where the SW Mototech mounts for the Givi bags attach. Will this be an issue if you have the bags?


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Nothing ever gets wasted. Good to see it up and running again. :-)

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That's a very inovative project, Don. Keep the creative juices flowing!
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Don it looks like you tie into the passenger foot peg brackets this area is also where the SW Mototech mounts for the Givi bags attach. Will this be an issue if you have the bags?
I suppose it will interfere with any permanent bags that are to be mounted using the passenger peg. I had briefly thought about that and promptly shoved it into the rear recesses of what's left of my brain. Now you've brought it back to the front. For every solution to one problem there is a creation of another problem. Sometime I think it's like hurding cats.

There may be a trade off here somewhere but I'm still working on it. Thanks for bringing that up as it refreshes some other ideas. I'm glad I'm retired so I have time to work on this but I might be dead before I get to a solution that works for everything.

Thanks and I appreciate your input. Any further suggestions are welcome.

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After doing some research I don't see any reason this center stand won't work with the hard bags. More to follow.

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Don, my concern is preserving the lean angle. I had an aftermarket center stand on a Honda 400 and it scraped pavement pretty often. Will your design allow the feelers on the footpegs to scrape first?


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Don, my concern is preserving the lean angle. I had an aftermarket center stand on a Honda 400 and it scraped pavement pretty often. Will your design allow the feelers on the footpegs to scrape first?

Thats one of the things I am specifically working on. I've been out on my bike with the centerstand and have had some pretty severe lean angles without touching anything so far. I'm trying to incorporate a good clearance along with the available room there is to work with. I'm woking on the line of the chicken strips on the tires for maximum lean angle right now. When I have a more definitive answer I'll let you know. Thanks for the question.

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That looks really good Don, and count me as another who will add my money support to your efforts if you get this done. Way to keep chipping away at it!

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From the picture of the left side, it looks to me as tho' one attachment is to the swingarm, a MOVEABLE part. ????
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Man thats some good work and I think you are really onto something,i think you'll remidy any mounting issues,looks like you only need a few tweeks.

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From the picture of the left side, it looks to me as tho' one attachment is to the swingarm, a MOVEABLE part. ????
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wow don your the man, how long till you put it into production? This may even beat speedy's lowering bracket!!

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wow don your the man, how long till you put it into production? This may even beat speedy's lowering bracket!!
Thanks for the encouragement. I've needed it. This has been quiet a monster. There are still a few things to work out, but I'm getting close. Still has to be manufactured at a price that is reasonable and I'm working on it. If it's not a good value, it's worthless. I'll keep everyone posted.

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Well I finally did it. Here's the first video of the new stand.

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That is top stuff. Pity the wind blows out your voice, but watching it happen is good to see. I like your style, victory so soon after leaving the first design behind.

The two great problems with the Versys, the most uncomfortable seat in bikedom, and no centre stand. Makes me think of the bloke who sits on so many committees he doesn't know what he stands for. (Another stupid joke from someone who should know better. )

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Thanks for the video, Don. Yes, keep us posted on your progress with manufacturing.


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