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Old 03-12-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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Center-stand [R80G/S]

O.k, here's what came apart this afternoon. The center-stand. Bike is still in the garage. Won't be using it before 2-3 weeks. A few things need to be maintained or replaced. But this afternoon, when moving the G/S inside the garage, the center-stand broke apart. It's obvious that it was fixed before. Badly. Some people buy and use a welding machine and should spend the money on a professional welder instead.... Be that as it may, my center-stand needs a complete rebuilt. Maybe I'll be making one from scratch. I'm a machinist and....I know a few professional welders!

What do you people think? Does anyone here has "blueprints" for a G/S center-stand?



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Old 03-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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heck just weld the part back on, no need to go overboard. Just get good penetration, that's the key...at least what I've been told..(LOL)
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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Appears to have been welded on both sides.

Perhaps they thought it was easier to bend up some new pieces and attach than to repair the scraped-through bottoms. ??

Anyway, you've got something right there to copy - why would you need plans?

But the stock stands work well enough, and I'd think it would take a while to fabricate a better one. That's not to say the stock stand is that great, but it might prove difficult to improve on.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
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If worried about the repair, put an inner sleeve in the tube for more strength.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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An inner sleeve will be used for sure. And I'll keep the upper part. But the stand feels kind of...narrow. I'll probably add studs on each side. As seen here:

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Old 03-13-2012, 09:57 AM   #6
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A key element to centerstand lifespan is those plastic plugs on the ends. Lose one and the centerstand fills up with water on wet rides and rusts out from the inside. Don't use it for a while and then deploy it and a bunch of rusty water flows out on the ground. Whatever you make, be sure it's not a water trap.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:08 AM   #7
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Wine bottle corks work perfectly if you loose that plastic center stand plug. I don't know if I will ever need to take mine out, but if I do, I'll need a corkscrew
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #8
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Doode!!! That looks like one of my repairs!!! I bet it isn't even a G/S stand but a modified one....hope you get it fixed!!
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #9
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A key element to centerstand lifespan is those plastic plugs on the ends. Lose one and the centerstand fills up with water on wet rides and rusts out from the inside. Don't use it for a while and then deploy it and a bunch of rusty water flows out on the ground. Whatever you make, be sure it's not a water trap.
Met a guy (American) in Mexico on a trip once who was using that exact location for his "Stash". Said it was fool proof. I saw him 6 months later when he came through Colorado heading back to home so he made it across the border all right.

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Old 03-13-2012, 01:04 PM   #10
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IMO all the airhead stands are junk from day one. On my last R100 I bought a Reynolds Ride Off center stand and a Brown's side stand. Both worked great.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #11
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Met my welder today. As soon as my metal parts are ready, he'll be welding. He's licensed for welding aircraft engines...
The side-stand will also be replaced. AND RELOCATED!!! But first, timing-chain needs replacement. Front fork springs (progressive). Rear shock (YSS). That'll be enough for one week-end!

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:57 PM   #12
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Well,
finding someone with the proper tooling for forming a stupid piece of tubing seems to be hopeless. (For what I consider a reasonable cost).


So I decided to replace the lower part of my center-stand with "straight legs". As seen on more recent bikes.
Does anyone here has an idea of the model I should "copy" ?

Many thanks,

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:13 PM   #13
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Straight legs are great for on the street parking...not for off road. Look at an early model K bike for the straight leg version but I would think your bike will get very tired and lay down numerous times if you do any off road, campsite type parking.

Looks like your original was sectioned to reduce the height...as from the factory, the front wheel was about 4" in the air...fully packed bike meant hernia. Better option would be an R80ST center stand..maybe 1" front wheel clearance and you still have the curved ends.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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Thanks for the advice!
That is more my kind of work..I'm a machinist. I'm sure I'll come with a good solution.
We all like to get some advices and up to now, you guys have been very helpful!

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:45 AM   #15
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Some people buy and use a welding machine and should spend the money on a professional welder instead....
Or spend the money on a new one.

Centerstands break mostly from misuse, i.e. overloaded bike, sliding bike around garage while on stand, etc. They're really only there to use for maintenance.
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