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I always wanted a BMW, but every one I test rode was too high in the seat for me (28" inseam). I finally took the plunge on an '01 RS with only 16K miles which had been lowered to about 25''. I love this bike, but I have one question: The owner left the original center stand on it after it was lowered, and as far as I can figure, it's just not ever going up on the stand again. The problem is it scrapes on right hand turns and scares the ***t out of me. I want to simply remove the stand, and from what I've observed of BMW engineering, it will not be a straightforward project. Can anyone give me any guidance on removing the center stand?
 

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Guidance: don't do it. Honest.

There's a trick to getting the bike on the stand. It's hard to explain, but it comes down to bringing the stand to the floor, getting the bike resting on both legs (v. important!!), and putting all your weight on the pedal sticking out. Have someone "spot" the bike from the far side until you have the process nailed.

As to scraping, that's a toughie. I get why it happens, and I'd sure try to avoid it (right turns only??? [/LOL]). Nothing like seeing the rear wheel lift as the bike pivots on the front wheel and floor board, stand pedal, etc. About all I can think of is getting it bent inwards more, if possible. Which means taking it off (watch the spring!!!), heating and bending, and refitting.

Do you have the Clymer shop manual? That should clarify things.

BTW, keeping the bike on the side stand has one problem. Oil gets into one or more cylinders, leaving an ugly blue cloud until it burns off. IMHO can't be good...
 

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You might try cutting down the rubber bumper the center stand rests on to give yourself a little more clearance, but too much and the arm you put your foot on might hit the muffler. Cutting the bumper would be a simple matter before you break out the wrenches. The only downside to removing the centerstand is when the bike sits on the side stand for a few days, it can smoke on start-up due to oil getting past the piston rings. Harmless, but a little embarrassing when your BMW acts like a mosquito fogger .
 
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