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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 2010, 9:41 pm Thread Starter
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K100 Centerstand snapped

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The centerstand snapped off while putting it up fully ladened right after crossing into Canada. Im on a two week tour off our northern neighbor.. I nearly dropped the entire bike which would have sucked big time. Luckily my gf was there tohelp steady it. I think the day before i put it up on a stone which crimped the tube and weaked it. Dumb design!

Anyone had a problem with the sidestand failing? Its all I have right now and still have 10 days of supporting a very heavy bike during this trip. the stand seems a bit flimsy when parked. Just looking for a bit of confidence in the sidestand.

BTW The huge plume of smoke is awesome after starting it now.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 2010, 10:17 pm
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Unfortunately, they do that. BMW changed the design in later years. If the bike leans too far over on the side stand try placing a block under it. If you don't mind the smoke, you'll be fine.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 2010, 10:23 pm
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Nothing like a bit of top end lubrication! but as for the sidestand the worst seems to be an exaggerated list to port but never heard of one breaking.

Hopefully all will be well for the rest of the trip and you need to look for an 1100 centrestand as a replacement which is almost a straight swap and a better design IMHO

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2010, 2:06 am
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Happened to me once to. Flipped the bike right over on its side. Fortunately I found a used one from a guy putting on a side car.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2010, 9:16 pm
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Mine did that waaaay back when. I had it welded and gussetted at that time. After it wore out I put a straight legged K11 style on it and it is better in every way. Easier to put up on the centerstand and so much stronger. No real modifications necessary to anything else.

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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2010, 10:28 pm Thread Starter
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Sounds good. What's needed to do the k1100 centerstand on a k100? Any special hardware or anything? Just saw a k1100 in Montreal and it does look like a better design.

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Sounds good. What's needed to do the k1100 centerstand on a k100? Any special hardware or anything? Just saw a k1100 in Montreal and it does look like a better design.
Nothing is needed to change it over. You can use all the stock mounting hardware. You may have to put some K1100 spacers under the mount bracket with the longer bolts if the ground clearance of the rear tire (while on the stand) isn't enough. I didn't need them.

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Sounds good. What's needed to do the k1100 centerstand on a k100? Any special hardware or anything? Just saw a k1100 in Montreal and it does look like a better design.
I was lucky with mine and got the mounting plate as well which is supposedly slightly different on the early models but which years that affects and how different is debatable as I could not see any visible difference.

The only other thing I had to do was modify the sidestand foot slightly with the trusty angle grinder to prevent interference with the new stand.

Clearance with the back tyre may also be an issue if you are running bigger than 130.

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wow, I've never heard of this before. I'll have to take a look at mine... do a bit of preventative maintenance
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:26 am
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What happens is that water collects in the tubes and rusts them out until they fail. The four valve K center stands are solid to prevent this.
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