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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 #1 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Do you support center stands or oppose?

I LOVE my center stand, what say you?
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post #2 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 08:53 AM
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The bike is heavy enough already, so I oppose. Not saying I wouldn’t appreciate having one, but my HF bike jack suits me fine for most things.
My oldwing has a center stand but that’s a much different bike. Don’t think I could get by without it on that beast.
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post #3 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 09:07 AM
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Not a bad idea, IMHO; weighs less than a gallon of gasoline, and mounted WELL below the center of gravity (no deleterious effects on handling).

Have HF adjustable-height model.

That said, to each his/her own. Wouldn't force a center stand upon anyone against his/her will!
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post #4 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 10:06 AM
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Hate them; they add weight, reduce ground clearance and flop around on bumps and jumps offroad. .....then when you add in the weak footpeg mounting nut issue on the KLR it becomes even less desireable.

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post #5 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 12:21 PM
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Id have to say only if I were going on a long trip and would be needing it to do chain or tire maintenance. For close to home where I don't really need to worry about having to lube my chain ( I have a lift in the garage ) or change a tire in a remote area, I think a center stand is not needed. For wheel maint in the woods all I really need is my kickstand foot and a ratchet strap. I put her on the sidestand with the foot under it so it won't sink. Then put one end of the strap on the left grip, other end to a tree. Tighten the strap till the rear wheel is off the ground. Not the very best way, but works as a field expedient method. Center stands for me are best used in the garage so I can store a bike off to the side, tight against the wall in a straight up and down position with the weight off the tires during winter.
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post #6 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 12:32 PM
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post #7 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 07:14 PM
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I'd like to see how Lifting on the Left Hand grip Raises the Rear tire with a ratchet strap up the tree! I think you might want to EDIT that if it is not timed out.

One could lift on the RH handlebar to raise the front tire or the RH PASSENGER hand grip to raise the Rear Tire, with a tie down up the tree.

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post #8 of 64 Old 07-18-2018, 10:27 PM
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I carry a piece of 1 1/2" dowel that I stick under the swing arm as a trail jack for chain lubing and removing the rear wheel.

I'm dead set against a center stand on the KLR for all the reasons noted.

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PaddyD,
I'd like to see how Lifting on the Left Hand grip Raises the Rear tire with a ratchet strap up the tree! I think you might want to EDIT that if it is not timed out.

One could lift on the RH handlebar to raise the front tire or the RH PASSENGER hand grip to raise the Rear Tire, with a tie down up the tree.
I don't think I ever said lifting the left end of the bars would raise the rear wheel. What you do is put the bike on the side stand, PULL it over to you until the rear wheel lifts, and then tie off the bars to a tree to hold it there. I think you're either reading too deep or not reading at all.
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post #10 of 64 Old 07-19-2018, 10:36 AM
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Id have to say only if I were going on a long trip and would be needing it to do chain or tire maintenance. For close to home where I don't really need to worry about having to lube my chain ( I have a lift in the garage ) or change a tire in a remote area, I think a center stand is not needed. For wheel maint in the woods all I really need is my kickstand foot and a ratchet strap.

I put her on the sidestand with the foot under it so it won't sink. Then put one end of the strap on the left grip, other end to a tree. Tighten the strap till the rear wheel is off the ground.

Not the very best way, but works as a field expedient method. Center stands for me are best used in the garage so I can store a bike off to the side, tight against the wall in a straight up and down position with the weight off the tires during winter.
I will agree that you did not explain to pull the LH handle bar grip Down nor Up.

I use your pull-down on the LH hand grip technique to lube my drive chain on a daily basis.

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