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Old 02-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
Bluethumb OP
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'82 centerstand, what's the deal?

Just picked up a '82 R100 and it is a struggle to get up on the centerstand. I've owned '76 R90/6, a couple of r90S's, and a couple of '78 RS's and all were a breeze to rock up on the centerstand. The '82 is damn near impossible, takes a big grunt to pull it up. Plus it's almost impossible to push off. My '83 ST is a snap, but the '82 R100 is completely different. It seems as if the centerstand is too far forward when the bike's up. I can't take the rear wheel off w/o the bike collapsing. There seems to be too much weight on the back wheel.

I talked to a BMW mechanic who has worked on lots of airheads and he said BMW redesigned the centerstand on these bikes because of complaints of them rocking off.

I can't help but wonder if there might be something else going on. I'm going to pull off the centerstand in the next couple of days.

Is this how the centerstands are designed on these years' bikes?
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