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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 2013, 11:20 am Thread Starter
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Wheel Cradle

I too succumbed to the center stand foot lever brealing off. Luckily it happened at home and the resulting tip over did not result in any damage. After the steel bar/welding fix I finally determined that at least while at home the bike should reside in a wheel cradle rather than putting it on the center stand each time.

So I found the Titan Bulldog

at JCMotors on sale for $186.

I received it yesterday and after some small assembly I bolted it down in the bike shed.
It works great. Ride on and a good pull back and it comes out.
I purchased other cheap brands which either wouldn't let go of the wheel (jammed in too tight) or wouldn't hold at all with the bike tipping over.

The Bulldog has a cam pivot point on the cradle which slightly grabs the tire.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 2013, 5:31 pm
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That looks like a nice piece of hardware, but just curious what its function is? I agree that the K-GT centerstand is a PITA but I only really need it when I'm doing some maintenance on the bike (such as removing wheels, etc.), and something like the wheel cradle wouldn't help with that. Otherwise I just park the bike on its sidestand. So where would the wheel cradle fit in?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 2013, 9:28 am Thread Starter
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I'm not a fan of leaving the bike on the side stand all the time, that's all. I always center standed it except for times on the road for short stops...then side stand.
Hence I wanted something holding the bike without pressure on a couple bolts.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2013, 5:39 am
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Nice looking stand. Does it have to be bolted down or is it stable enough to hold the bike on its own? Just asking because I have a concrete garage floor and hate to drill holes. I could use one for my Goldwing as I can no longer wrestle the heavy beast onto its centerstand. Being upright makes it much easier to do oil changes and to check the rear tire air pressure.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 2013, 5:24 pm Thread Starter
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It will stay in place while rolling on and pushing off. Pushing it off takes a big push so I bolted it down to keep to in place better.
Check the return policy. You may be able to check it out and only have to pay for shipping to return....label on mine said $30.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2013, 7:31 am
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Thankfully when mine broke I managed to hold the bike and stop it going over, it was covered under my warranty but I REALLY insisted that the replacement was the one for the K13GT, it's a better design, so far it's been ok <fingers crossed> prays to the bmw voodoo gods etc
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