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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2005, 6:21 pm Thread Starter
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K1200S center stand

Does anyone have any good photos of a K1200S with the center stand installed?
Looking to see what the faring cut outs look like and what the bike looks on the center stand and with the stand up.
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2005, 8:00 pm
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The lower fairing has a template on the inside that will giude you when it's cut. The cut essentially eliminates the heat shield area in front of the rear wheel. I did the cut myself using a Dremel...took about 30 minutes. After I figured out a way to suspend the bike during the center stand installation (and a way to connect that damn spring) that too only took 30 minutes. The stand tucks up nicely...you hardly notice it. Do it.
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Does anyone have any good photos of a K1200S with the center stand installed?

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post #4 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 19th, 2005, 3:52 am
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Michael,

When I first contemplated the KS I wanted the centre stand but when I saw how much of the belly-pan was to be removed I hung off from ordering the centre stand to see how I got on with just the sidestand.

3 months and 4,800 miles later I have still not gone for the centre stand as
  1. We Scots are rather frugal and BMW options are expensive...
  2. I have been happy with the side stand to date...
  3. I have been concerned that the lower fairing / belly-pan was designed to extend almost to the rear wheel for some good reason. With the centre stand section removed, is the rear suspension not more susceptible to getting covered in road muck... reducing life expectancy.
I would value your observations on No' 3.

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footprint on the sidestand is small, I've dropped my bike twice on 6 months/8,000 miles, in large part because of that design. Careful on any incline, slight as it may be, engage 1st gear of course. I have the centerstand and have zero regrets, I highly recommend it.

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Thanks Jimmy,

The foot print was one of the reasons I initially wanted the centre stand. However I leave her in 1st and make sure the small side stand "foot" is on something solid. I have also been known to carry a disc for the "foot" to sit on if the ground is soft (grass or hot blacktop etc.).

How have you found the cut away fairing for allowing road crud into the rear suspension links?

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Rennie, I'll have to check out that area at first light this morning, I hadn't thought about it to look. Will report later today. Also, if you get the centerstand, careful hoisting the bike up on it if there's any moisture on your right foot...my foot slipped off in the middle of hoisting it up and lost control, bike over. Lessons learned but damn I hate doing stupid things!

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Re: center stand

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That's one good pic. Thank you.
Now if I could just see a few more angles. Maybe a shot from the other side with the bike both on and off the center stand???
Thanks again.
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I rode for 1000 miles with no center stand and have 5000 miles with center stand. I have noticed NO difference in dirt or much accumulating anywhere and I've driven in some nasty stuff both before and after.

Besides the fact that I can now park in soft gravel, clean my wheels much more easily, remove the wheels more easily, I've also noticed another benefit. If you ever just want to sit in your garage and stare at your wonderful bike, it's much more enjoyable to stare at her and appreciate her beauty when the bike is on its center stand. When leaned, you can't really ponder her well on the left side because of the angle.

No clearance issues. It was $235 installed. I tried for an entire day to get that spring hooked up and ended up with bruised pride and several cut and bruised fingers. Kudos to you guys that were able to do it yourself, I wished I could have seen how you did it.

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When leaned, you can't really ponder her well on the left side because of the angle.
Yeah, butt...you can make "Vrroooom, Vroom" noises in character much eaiser when leaned on the side stand.

Just pointing out there are good points for each...

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