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Old 08-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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F800GS Centre Stand

I am considering purchasing a F800GS (2010 or 2011) from a friend who got the bike from another guy so my bud can't answer my question about the absent centre stand. I noticed the bike did not have a centre stand, can anyone confirm if the bike has the stand as stock equipmenment? Thanks
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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Centre or Center stand?

Pretty much ya pay for either stand, center or centre. They both do the same thing.

this is an american joke.........

If an 800gs has only a side stand, that is stock.

in my world, center stands are optional

If a used bike does not have a center stand, it may not have many other "standard options".

Look for ABS, heated grips, these things are normal, but optional on a 2009.

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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In South Africa the centre stand, ABS, heated grips are all optional extra's, but heared the new 2013 models come standard with the heated grips and ABS
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:47 AM   #4
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The center stand is an option in the states. GH
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:14 PM   #5
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If you are going to run knobblies, disregard this. If you're going to run road tyres AND you are a reasonably competent/fast road rider you will find you deck the OE BMW stand out too soon. It looks cool for people following you, but it's unnerving how much it gets in the way of fast cornering. This is really a problem if you're overweight or regularly carry a pillion or luggage. I used to have to take mine off for trackdays.

I (and another rider here) found the Wunderlich/Hepco & Becker stand to offer far more ground clearance (their marketing claim of retaining 100% ground clearance is pretty much true). Unfortunately, we both found that it got this height by running much too close to the chain and swingarm. Unloading the suspension meant the chain* touched the stand. Less than 500 miles with it on and the chain had worn through the paint on the stand and only 100 miles of that was offroad. It had also scuffed the swingarm.

The third stand I tried, the Metal Mule/SWMotech is halfway between the two. It has less ground clearance than the Wunderlich, but never hits the chain/swingarm. I've yet to deck it road riding, although to be fair, I've not done a trackday with it in place on road tyres yet. I think for most riders' needs, if you didn't have a stand this'd be the stand to go for. If you already have the OE stand, stick with that, unless you encounter the decking problem I described.

*Yes, it was properly adjusted.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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Well when I say its standard I mean its been worked into the price for which you pay anyway....

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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In Europe it wasn't standard either. It came with a "GS Pack" with a load of options for 200 less.
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