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Old 08-25-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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SW Motech center stand on KLR650

Anyone else having problem with instability of the sw centerstand? When I put my bike on the center stand the stand is at nearly 90 degrees. So I can't use the stand on a slite downhill or it wil run of the stand. I had a pretty bad experience today while changing my rear tire. Had bike on centerstand, changed tire, as I was putting the tire back on and trying to put the chain on before I had the axle installed I push the tire forward a bit and pushed the bike off of the center stand. You can just imagine what a mess that was when the bike fell over while the tire was not on yet. I had to get my neighbor help me get it back on the stand. I am very worried that something was damaged when the back of the bike fell on the tire/sprocket/brake rotor. Put everything back together and it seems to be ok. I would be very worried using it to change my tire alone somewhere using the center stand.

Any suggestions? Is it even worth having it?
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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dremel it!

I had the same issue on my 2009 KLR. I had it on the center-stand at work when a co-worker bumped the back of it. That was enough to push it forward off of the center stand. Luckily, he is a big boy and was able to catch it and man handle the thing before it hit the ground.

How did I remedy the situation?

I took a dremel with a small stone wheel to the point where the pin sits against the mount:


Seems like SW-Motech would have dealt with this before putting them out to market. I guess they just figured they were going on a KLR so it would be ok.
You have to take out enough material to make the bike sit back on the stand a bit more and you won't have this problem again. The other option is to just go out and get one of these like I did.



The first option is a hell of alot cheaper though. Hope that helps and good luck.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:59 AM   #3
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Use the front brake...

I don't have a centerstand, but do use a "jiffy-jack". When lifting the rear wheel I wrap a bungee cord around the front brake lever so it can't roll forward or backwards. Working on the front wheel I put the bike in gear. Pretty simle and works.
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