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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 2010, 3:50 pm Thread Starter
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Center stand versus Side stand

I was once told by a police officer that my bike blew over in a 30 mph wind due to parking it on the center stand. Turned out not to be true. It was backed into by another steel cage driver. However I did consider his point of view and talked with my dealer. It seems that everyone has a different point of view so I thought I'd find out what you all think. Which stand do you usually park your bike on?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 2010, 4:33 pm
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I think physics clearly dictates that the side stand configuration is more stable.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 2010, 4:53 pm
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Sidestand for short periods. Center stand for longer periods. Center stand because of the oil smoke issue that the K bike has. After the K fell over in the Six Flags parking lot due to soft asphalt a couple years ago, I know carry a piece of 8x8 plywood in one of the bags during the summer.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 2010, 7:48 am
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I use the centerstand at home and the sidestand elsewhere. I imbedded a concrete pad in the sod, for the centerstand, behind the house. The top surface of the pad is about 1/2 an inch below ground height, so I can get the bike on the centerstand more easily.

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I switched to using the center stand after my 2002 K 1200 RS fell over in my garage after the rear tire went flat due to a nail. I had not had any issues with the center stand but I have heard about other who have had the center stand fail due to cracking. My RS used to smoke really bad if I left it on the side stand for a couple of days but the new GT motor design does not suffer from the same problem. I do think that the bike is more stable on the side stand if you have the front wheel turned all the way to the left and lock, also the bike should be in gear and whenever you're on a grade nosed up hill
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center stand...keeps the static weight off the rear suspension and allows for the piston to travel the complete "throw" in other words exercise the hydraulics...and is much more safe on hot asphalt
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2010, 6:06 pm
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Center stand when parked at home. On the street it's sidestand, front wheel turned in because I can walk the bike back until the rear wheel hits the curb. With the sidestand down, the rear up touching the curb and the front wheel turned in, that's about as solid as it gets.

I have adjusted the sidestand length though for UK camber as it falls to the curb (a bit more lean). The state of wear and play in the sidestand pivot makes a lot of difference to the lean angle.

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Assuming the terrain is sutable for both? sidestand for short stops, centre stand for overnight and layups.

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I have used "it" for a side stand back in the day

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