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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-27-2017, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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What are you doing for a CenterStand?

I see that there are now THREE manufacturers for center stands for the Kawasaki Versys-X 300.
It appears that the Kawasaki model is the cheapest. Has anyone purchased the Kawasaki model? Whats your opinion? How does the weight and style appear? Is it also the lightest of the three?

Anyone have suggestions that are safe and effective for working on the motorcycle without using an add on centerstand. Ive used the adjustable prop in tandem with the side stand on my KLR650. Good in an emergency out on the road, otherwise a little risky at home.
Id be interested in seeing and hearing other methods to service the bike at home instead of using a centerstand.
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Kawasaki makes their own stand!

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I checked around and found that Kawasaki is now making and selling their own center stand.
Their parts number for their stand is, 99994-0844 and its is lighter than the SW Motech and about $100.00 cheaper!
Im holding off making a purchase of this stand, hoping that I can find another way to elevate and work on my bike.
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As I'm still thinking of getting a 300X if and when I sell my 650-I like to know what things cost-so the cheapest I found on the OEM stand is $226 free shipping at Rocky Mountain ATV&MC they show 7 in stock

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I checked around and found that Kawasaki is now making and selling their own center stand.
Their parts number for their stand is, 99994-0844 and its is lighter than the SW Motech and about $100.00 cheaper!
Im holding off making a purchase of this stand, hoping that I can find another way to elevate and work on my bike.
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I think you may have got that backwards
OEM $290
SW Motech $192
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Rocky Mountain has probably the best prices on the Kawasaki OEM accessories - got my engine guards earlier in the week, about $170 shipped!
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IMO the main stand is the #1 farkle for everyone. It keeps the bike secure and upright while lubing the chain and any other maintenance or cleaning. Working on it is so much easier when upright and it is always there, and secure.
I bought the OEM and ground a little off the stand bracket to make the bike sit more securely. I just felt that an accidental bump might roll the bike forward and off.

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A lot of us w/ the V 650 add "spools" to the swingarm and use a rear stand (mine is a TREX).

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OEM as well. It was the first FARKLE.



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I bought the SW Motech stand for mine. Other than fighting with the springs to get it on, its been fine.

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I bought one of those inexpensive spring installation tools a few years ago. Otherwise, it's a PIA IMO.

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I bought the SW Motech stand for mine. Other than fighting with the springs to get it on, its been fine.


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Anyone want to express opinions about which is the best operational center stand between the SW Motech and the Kawasaki Versys 300 oem stand.
I know that the SW centerstand is less expensive,but it is also heavier. In the past I have tried both the SW Motech stands on some manufacturers brand motorcycle and the oem brand of center stand on the brand of the motorcycle. Ive had mixed results. Sometimes the SW mounts and works the best and other times the oem stand is better.
I think for my Versys-X Im going to purchase the Kawasaki Stand, #99994-0995.
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Do you have a link to a spring instalation tool? I have no idea wht to ask for at harbor freight, Amazon or my hardware store.

I've got my center stand installed and zip tied up until I can get the spring on.
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Would the technique at 1:44 in the below video work for attaching the spring to your center stand?

I haven't put a center stand on yet, but I would guess the spring attaches the same way for all brands.


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Do you have a link to a spring instalation tool? I have no idea wht to ask for at harbor freight, Amazon or my hardware store.

I've got my center stand installed and zip tied up until I can get the spring on.
Spring installation tool. https://www.amazon.com/motorcycle-ex.../dp/B009YFEL0M

There is no doubt that is one of the difficult things to get done. I do not have a tool myself. I use fencing wire, or strong cord tied in a loop, connect to the spring and use a very heavy screwdriver or small prise bar at some point beyond the fitting point and stretch the spring hook over its destination. It is not easy and I usually have to change the loop of wire a few times to get the right length. And to find a secure place for my heavy screwdriver.
The spring is easiest to get on when the stand is in its up position.

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Installed the SW, previously had the bike lowered one inch.

Rear tire is over four inches off the ground.
Side to side bump is OK.
Rear to front bump is 'treacherous'.
IMO, the foot pad is too small and it lifts too much.

If you are doing heavy work on the bike, tie down the front brake or use
one of those front V tire stands.

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Would the technique at 1:44 in the below video work for attaching the spring to your center stand?

I haven't put a center stand on yet, but I would guess the spring attaches the same way for all brands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUX_VWdTUBw
Should work, but be CAREFUL that it doesn't slip off the screwdriver.

That WILL hurt!

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I neglected to mention when I posted the video that the T-Rex adjustable center stand should be available soon. I emailed T-Rex to inquire about price and release date. The reply stated that they expect to have it available for purchase by the end of this month. The price hasn't been finalized, but should be $150-$200.

I don't really need the adjustable height feature. But, if it is less expensive than OEM or the SW, I'll probably get the T-Rex.
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I attempted the long screwdriver method for about 15 minutes, wasn't working out so well. Tried a drum brake spring tool and had it instantly.
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That is what my mechanic used! That is the tool for the job.
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