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View Poll Results: Center stand or No?
I support center stands 8 57.14%
I oppose center stands 6 42.86%
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post #11 of 64 Old 07-19-2018, 08:15 PM
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GREAT QUESTION as I see the KLR Forums generally NOT agree on this fix/hack/upgrade/must-do more 'n most of the other ideas presented!

How disconcerting all the work I'll do (as in 'tear down 'My New' '03KLR that is is finally approaching re-assembly) to keep her quiet and tight and shiny and together with nothing falling off or out to only have that CenterStand go clang every once in a great while!!! PASS! It'd be great convenience to have it to have but the downside(s) made me decide against even buying 'the good one' (hear there's only a couple). And since the KLR don't do nothing great but does pretty much everything well, I wanted to help as much as I could/can with weight primarily. I get she's an AdventureBike and I'll eventually do the SubFrame Bolt improvement but I don't want to just keep adding weight like I could to say a Full-Dresser, you know. At 200# I'm already adding weight past the 'Ideal KLR Rider' weight. That 20-25% of the time I spend Off-Road (FireRoads to Enduro and some Desert) STILL guilts me in to watching my weight (HA! ME AND THE BIKE). I want weight for Gear and for Protection (Bags, Braces, CrashBars, etc).

Excellent point on the Low Center of Gravity of said extra weight... doesn't affect the ride per se other 'n there being another few pounds on the Bike!
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post #12 of 64 Old 07-22-2018, 10:06 PM
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man something as simple as checking and filling the oil without center stand is the stuff of nightmares... trying to hold the bike up perfectly straight while bent over looking in the window...while trying to poor oil in, that's a workout.

everything is harder without it...and I'm sure the wind storms that have happened this summer in my area would have tipped over the bike on the side stand. that 'stock everything' 40% off vertical tip angle the side stand puts the bike at is fing terrible.
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post #13 of 64 Old 07-23-2018, 12:30 PM
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man something as simple as checking and filling the oil without center stand is the stuff of nightmares... trying to hold the bike up perfectly straight while bent over looking in the window...while trying to poor oil in, that's a workout.

everything is harder without it...and I'm sure the wind storms that have happened this summer in my area would have tipped over the bike on the side stand. that 'stock everything' 40% off vertical tip angle the side stand puts the bike at is fing terrible.
I have never seemed to have a problem with checking the oil level without a stand. I simply grab the right grip and pull it to an upright position while looking at the sight glass. The way to tell if it is plumb is it will require zero effort to hold once in a plumb position. If it feels like it is either pushing or pulling on your hand it is not in a straight up and down position. You don't need to bend over very far at all to see where the oil level is in the window. As for adding? Just don't get carried away and add too much at a time. Pour in a few oz, wait a minutes for it to settle, then stand the bike up and look.
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post #14 of 64 Old 07-23-2018, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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I can't wait to hop on my bike down in the parking garage on it's majestic center stand. It's sitting above the little boy bikes like a god.
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post #15 of 64 Old 07-23-2018, 03:03 PM
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I can't wait to hop on my bike down in the parking garage on it's majestic center stand. It's sitting above the little boy bikes like a god.
Appreciate the humor, Patroy, but . . . the center stand you choose may NOT be a, "RIDE-OFF" stand!


HT adjustable-height model is NOT.
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post #16 of 64 Old 07-23-2018, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Appreciate the humor, Patroy, but . . . the center stand you choose may NOT be a, "RIDE-OFF" stand!


HT adjustable-height model is NOT.
There's no adjusting this thing. But it is glorious non-the-less! Well crappers. YUGE rain in Charlotte right now. My center stand and I are gettin wet today boyz.
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post #17 of 64 Old 07-23-2018, 05:48 PM
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Funny that checking the oil is made out to be such a big deal without a Center stand.

Squat down with one knee on the ground, pull the bike level and there ya go. Nice big site glass kawi gave us.
My oldwing OTOH, thanks a lot Honda. It must be on the Center stand, then I damn near have to lay on the ground and look at the tiny site glass with a flashlight. Makes the KLR a pleasure.

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Funny that checking the oil is made out to be such a big deal without a Center stand.

Squat down with one knee on the ground, pull the bike level and there ya go. Nice big site glass kawi gave us.
My oldwing OTOH, thanks a lot Honda. It must be on the Center stand, then I damn near have to lay on the ground and look at the tiny site glass with a flashlight. Makes the KLR a pleasure.
Is the Gold Wing sight glass on the Wrong Frigging side (LH), like a Kawasaki Vulcan 750 / 800 / 900?
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The BMW R1200RT is the same way, at least up until 2013. GS would be the same.

However, it must be noted that there are long and raging arguments about how to check the oil level on the stupid things. I bend over, look at it and, If I see oil in the sight glass, ride it. Even though the engine is no more than half a VW Bug engine, BMW owners are adamant that the engine and the oiling system are very special and advanced High-Speed-Racing Technology™.

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post #20 of 64 Old 07-24-2018, 02:56 AM
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BMW owners are adamant that the engine and the oiling system are very special and advanced High-Speed-Racing Technology™.
Not sure WHAT KTM 1290 Super Adventure owners might SAY; but . . . fact is, those motorcycles have three (3! Count 'em! 3!) oil pumps . . .

I've heard tell of KLR owners carrying spirit levels for insuring absolutely level machine orientation when checking oil level through sight glass . . . and some considering the displacement of the crankshaft (depending upon the angular rotation when engine stops) . . . not that there's anything wrong with concern about precision when checking oil level. Certainly, better such diligence than toasting a head through oil starvation!
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