Hello, my name is Henning. I recently acquired a 2010 BMW 1300 GT. I am happy with the bike overall with a few exceptions. One is the OEM center stand height. I am 6’2”, 200 pounds and found it difficult to use even with empty bags.
As I design and build equipment as my occupation, I decided to modify the center stand to make it easier to use. When the bike is on the center stand the rear wheel is 1 ½” off the ground which seems excessive. So I took the center stand off and shortened it by 1”. Then I made the lever arm 1” longer by machining a piece of shaft that fits inside the existing lever arm and then there is a one inch section the same thickness as the outside lever arm. After welding and painting, the whole modified assembly looks original.
After reinstalling the center stand the fully loaded 1300 GT bike just about jumps up there by itself!
When the bike is on the modified center stand, the rear tire will not spin freely. A small piece of plywood under the center stand may be necessary when taking the wheel off.
I provide this service for $115.00 which includes return shipping anywhere in the lower 48 states. You take your stand off and send it to me and I will modify and ship back to you. The whole modified assembly looks original but actually works. No one wants to struggle with getting their bike on its center stand. This is the solution.
If you need directions on how to remove and install the center stand, let me know and I will tell you how I did mine.
Please contact me at [email protected]