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Busted my center stand

I know I've seen this online, probably here too. The part you step down on snapped off yesterday. Dealer is referring me to BMW customer service, so i called and am going to wait to hear from them, the guy who speciallizes in cycles will talk to his boss about it.

Dealer is offering to weld it for $78/hr and should take about an hour he says. I don't know if this is just a weld job or if they reinforce it. There is some way I read about to reinforce or stiffen it up I thought? Anyone refer me to that? I have a brother who would probably do a better weld job than the dealer, he's really good, does it for a living too. Although the dealer has probably done a few so have more experience with this particular job, given this set of circumstances, which would you choose? Brother would probably just take a beer or two sometime for payment, we both help each other out with stuff, me doing mechanical sort of stuff for him once in awhile.

Also does anyone know, if I would get a new center stand, would a new one be improved over a stock 07 center stand?

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I know I've seen this online, probably here too. The part you step down on snapped off yesterday. Dealer is referring me to BMW customer service, so i called and am going to wait to hear from them, the guy who speciallizes in cycles will talk to his boss about it.

Dealer is offering to weld it for $78/hr and should take about an hour he says. I don't know if this is just a weld job or if they reinforce it. There is some way I read about to reinforce or stiffen it up I thought? Anyone refer me to that? I have a brother who would probably do a better weld job than the dealer, he's really good, does it for a living too. Although the dealer has probably done a few so have more experience with this particular job, given this set of circumstances, which would you choose? Brother would probably just take a beer or two sometime for payment, we both help each other out with stuff, me doing mechanical sort of stuff for him once in awhile.

Also does anyone know, if I would get a new center stand, would a new one be improved over a stock 07 center stand?

Thanks all
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Looking at the unsightly welding job on the frame, I'd say BMW welders are capable of welding, just don't do a very good job of cleaning their welds. In that case, I'd trust a professional welder to weld and leave the mechanical work to mechanics. There is a writeup floating around where the folks whom have already had their centerstand improved over the factory.

Of course this begs the question: Are BMW engineers so underqualified to design a centerstand for a motorcycle? Unfortunately, the answer is a big, YES, THEY SURE ARE!!!
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Here it is:


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I talked to one guy about it and told him it was a tube, he can't believe it's not solid. Of course that would be heavier, but maybe just this section should be solid??? Never broke on my K75 but was starting to wear through so I replaced it once on that as well, but at least it never actually broke.

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Welcome to the club.

I see someone linked to the center stand thread already. That has all the info you, or your brother, will need.

As I see it, you have several options.

1) Get your brother to weld it, using the bracing techniques in the linked thread. Probably the cheapest and most sturdy option.

2) Pay the dealer to weld it. Why, when your brother can do it better and cheaper?

3) Replace it with a K1300GT center stand. Good option, but the most expensive.

Hell, if I was closer, I'd come by and weld it up myself.

If it was me, I'd get your brother to do it as specified. Also have him look at the center stand stops while you're in there. Might as well get it right.

And just be glad that it didn't break when the bike was fully loaded, such that you dropped it onto a concrete floor. Or fail when you were far from home and needed to get the rear tire replaced . . .

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I'd also go with having your brother weld it. He's probably going to take a little more at an be more patient about it resulting in a much better job and likely better than factory....I can just feel it.

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Interesting that on MAX BMW the center stand part number for the K1300GT is now the same for the older K1200GT series as well. Out with the old.

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head over to a local custom muffler/tow hitch shop ,one that is privately owned ,we have a few in our area down here in san diego and i know a couple in L.A ,i have the one guy here weld everything from suspension parts on my rhino .custom weld's on my truck bed and hell if i broke off my stand i'de hit him up ,just a suggestion good luck..

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Interesting that on MAX BMW the center stand part number for the K1300GT is now the same for the older K1200GT series as well.
That's a common engineering change. If a part is a drop-in replacement, but improved in some significant way, then the old part is simply discontinued and replaced with the new part number.

No sense for BMW to weld up and sell an obsolete part when there is a better replacement assembly available.

Hell, if we wait long enough, we might see the entire K12 replaced by K13 parts. Oh wait, the K13 is also obsolete, replaced by that 6-cylinder behemoth . . .

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