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post #1 of 21 Old 11-21-2015, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a center stand for my 05 from who I thought was a reputable dealer. I have been thinking about one for a while and when the dealer had an email sale recently I bought one. I finally got around to installing it last week. I am less than impressed at this point. It came with no instructions but seemed straight forward enough. Use the 4 included longer bolts to install behind foot peg mounts. It seems kind of flimsy when down and supporting the bike and the stand seems to be loose and floppy underneath when in the up position. It easily bounces up and down when I think it should be tucked up tight under the bike. How far will it fall while riding rough terrain? It also appears to be very close to the chain in the up position. When you sit on the bike the chain slack is taken up and pulls away from the foot of the stand but what happens when you are riding and through suspension cycle the chain slackens up? Is it going to hit the chain? Unfortunately it is 20 below F at my house and there is 12 inches of snow on the ground. I wont be riding until next March at the earliest. So I cant go check these things out. I asked all these question of the dealer in an email and so fair have been blown off. So I'm asking hear. Anyone here with a center stand experience any of the same problems I've listed? Flimsy mount, loose and floppy in the up position and the chain rubbing the foot of the stand when you ride? Or am I missing something? Thanks for any help.

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-21-2015, 07:40 PM
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I don't have a center stand on my bike. Haven't ridden a dirt road, much less a rocky road with a KLR650 equipped with a center stand.
So I am actually almost 'Zero' help.

But I do like to help get the conversation started, when I can.

Can you or a friend post pics of your stand? Maybe another member may recognize the brand. Your possible issues are part of the reason that I have so far declined to install one on my personal bike. Shame on the seller and/or the manufacturer for not including some information!

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I have a centre stand and have none of those issues. Does your stand have any springs?? Mine has a spring on each side, tucks in nice and never had any floppiness. I think it was one of the first things I put on the KLR and I haven't looked at it again except for spraying a bit of chain lube on it now and then.

Any indication of a manufacturer?? As PD mentioned a picture would help a lot.

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Don't be afraid to say who the dealer is and what brand of stand. Especially since the dealer is blowing you off. Forums like this can help apply pressure to unscrupulous sellers. I would like to know who it is so I don't buy anything off them.
Tell the dealer you are sending it back because you are not satisfied. A poorly constructed center stand is dangerous. It could come down in the middle of a turn causing loss of controll and a crash.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-21-2015, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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I will try to get some pictures of it. I have been doing a little research to try and figure out what brand it is. Happy trails and Moose it is not. It arrived in a box inside a heavy plastic bag with a smaller plastic bag with the hardware and the add on feet to make it taller if you need to. No markings or brand that I could see. I tried to look on the dealers web site I bought it from but for some reason it is down and just comes up with a white screen. I hesitate to name them just yet. They are a long standing KLR and DR dealer and I have never read anything bad about them before, in fact the opposite and I have dealt with them before and had only good service. I did email them a week and a half ago and haven't heard back which I kind of expect from an upstanding business but I need to try a little harder with them before I start bad mouthing them. I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt at this point.

It has 2 springs. One on each side but they don't hold it up tight. It bounces up and down with just a little pressure from my finger. In fact I can push it up tight to the bottom of the bike but when I let go it drops a little. The foot on the chain side also is really close if not touching the chain at times unless your sitting on the bike. Unload the suspension over a bump while your riding and I am sure there will be contact.

I agree with Jeff and if I cant figure out how to make this fit better then its coming off.

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Sounds like the springs are not correct. Is this an adjustable height stand?? If so don't know how that would compare to mine as it is not adjustable. My bike on the stand isn't as solid as my Goldwing on a center stand. I don't think the KLR's prime balance point is at the location theses stands have to sit. But it does the job for an oil change, wheel removal or chain lube just fine.

Best stand I have seen is on my brother's bike. Sold by Dual Star. Don't know if they are around any longer. Haven't heard that name for awhile.


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I bought the happy trails and am OK with it. My only issues is that if I have the center stand down and the kick stand up I cannot get the center stand back up without putting it down first then putting the kick stand down then the center stand back up.

Yeah, something like that. Really sucks when you are on the bike! Just have to watch the order I do things is all .

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I think you are being much too timid about mentioning the name of the seller. You bought something that you are not happy with and can't get any response from the seller in over a week and a half. It is not unethical to mention the name of a seller you are unhappy with. Maybe others have had the same problem. It is hard to help with no information.

If we know who the seller is, we might be able to see something on his site to help answer your questions.
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I bought the happy trails and am OK with it. My only issues is that if I have the center stand down and the kick stand up I cannot get the center stand back up without putting it down first then putting the kick stand down then the center stand back up.

Yeah, something like that. Really sucks when you are on the bike! Just have to watch the order I do things is all .
Just a caution; the Happy Trails adjustable-height center stand is NOT a, "ride off," stand, according to their accompanying instructions. That is, the stand is not designed to accommodate the weight of both the bike and the rider.

I've taken this advice to mean: Take the bike off the center stand before mounting; then put the side stand up and ride away.

Your comment about the sequence of stand deployment (first, side stand; next, center stand) remains critical. Stand doesn't compromise ground clearance excessively in my riding environment and style; scrapes the legs slightly on the pavement sometimes when leaned hard over; needs kicking fully upward now and then.

I rate the Happy Trails center stand a keeper; serviceable and supported by excellent customer service.
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I don't have the adjustable. I have not had ground clearance issues either.

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