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Does anyone have any good photos of a K1200S with the center stand installed?
Looking to see what the faring cut outs look like and what the bike looks on the center stand and with the stand up.
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The lower fairing has a template on the inside that will giude you when it's cut. The cut essentially eliminates the heat shield area in front of the rear wheel. I did the cut myself using a Dremel...took about 30 minutes. After I figured out a way to suspend the bike during the center stand installation (and a way to connect that damn spring) that too only took 30 minutes. The stand tucks up nicely...you hardly notice it. Do it.
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Michael,

When I first contemplated the KS I wanted the centre stand but when I saw how much of the belly-pan was to be removed I hung off from ordering the centre stand to see how I got on with just the sidestand.

3 months and 4,800 miles later I have still not gone for the centre stand as
  1. We Scots are rather frugal and BMW options are expensive... ;)
  2. I have been happy with the side stand to date...
  3. I have been concerned that the lower fairing / belly-pan was designed to extend almost to the rear wheel for some good reason. With the centre stand section removed, is the rear suspension not more susceptible to getting covered in road muck... reducing life expectancy.
I would value your observations on No' 3.

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footprint on the sidestand is small, I've dropped my bike twice on 6 months/8,000 miles, in large part because of that design. Careful on any incline, slight as it may be, engage 1st gear of course. I have the centerstand and have zero regrets, I highly recommend it.
 

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Thanks Jimmy,

The foot print was one of the reasons I initially wanted the centre stand. However I leave her in 1st and make sure the small side stand "foot" is on something solid. I have also been known to carry a disc for the "foot" to sit on if the ground is soft (grass or hot blacktop etc.).

How have you found the cut away fairing for allowing road crud into the rear suspension links?
 

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Rennie, I'll have to check out that area at first light this morning, I hadn't thought about it to look. Will report later today. Also, if you get the centerstand, careful hoisting the bike up on it if there's any moisture on your right foot...my foot slipped off in the middle of hoisting it up and lost control, bike over. Lessons learned but damn I hate doing stupid things!
 

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Re: center stand

OSM62 said:
Like this?

That's one good pic. Thank you.
Now if I could just see a few more angles. Maybe a shot from the other side with the bike both on and off the center stand???
Thanks again.
 

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I rode for 1000 miles with no center stand and have 5000 miles with center stand. I have noticed NO difference in dirt or much accumulating anywhere and I've driven in some nasty stuff both before and after.

Besides the fact that I can now park in soft gravel, clean my wheels much more easily, remove the wheels more easily, I've also noticed another benefit. If you ever just want to sit in your garage and stare at your wonderful bike, it's much more enjoyable to stare at her and appreciate her beauty when the bike is on its center stand. When leaned, you can't really ponder her well on the left side because of the angle.

No clearance issues. It was $235 installed. I tried for an entire day to get that spring hooked up and ended up with bruised pride and several cut and bruised fingers. Kudos to you guys that were able to do it yourself, I wished I could have seen how you did it.
 

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FWIW, and I am still very timid on putting all BMW's on centerstands; putting it in neutral makes it so much easier, at least for me.
 

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Its real easy to put on if you RTFM. The only thing i bought was
a jigsaw.

There just isn't a lot to to it once you cut the cowling



You install the spring bracket loosely, then attach the right
side leg with the short bolt






Then you hook up the springs, and using your superhuman
strength pull it back to align the hole. If you aren't
superhuman a tie down strap works too.



I didn't hang the bike, but a 2x4 as noted will give you some space.
PUT IT IN GEAR to avoid suprises. Don't forget to tighten
the bracket and right bolt. The bushing is hard to get separately

Best

(PM me if you need a mounting kit, I have an extra one)
 

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Rennie, no grime or dirt under where the cut-out is. Get the stand, pretty sure you won't regret it.
 

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Thanks for the info. Think I'll order one. I was starting to think that even though I might be exposing more of the suspension etc... it would actually make the cleaning of that area a bit easier, with the tail section off the lower fairing/belly pan. :)
 

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Re: center stand

Michael,
Great photos. That's what I was hoping to see. Looks good.
Thanks much.
 

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Thanks for the pic's. I really miss this convenience as noted on my other BMW's. I just placed an order to add the center stand next week during my 600 mile service.
 

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Hi All,

You have convinced me as well...

LLWells said:
Thanks for the pic's. I really miss this convenience as noted on my other BMW's. I just placed an order to add the center stand next week during my 600 mile service.
Centre Stand ordered today so I'll have fun fitting it early next week when it arrives... though I really would have preferred not to have to attack my fairing lower with some form of cutting / grinding implement :eek: .

How is it best cut?
 

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rlmr,
I used a Dremel. It was actually quite fun. It was a 10 minute job that I turned into 45 minutes cause it was fun, easy, and I got to play with different bits.

The plastic has a pre molded raised line that you just follow with a cutting tool, like a Dremel. Then you can go in and sand it smooth if you'd like. Don't put too much time in it cause from 2 feet above you can't even notice the cuts anyway.

What will really suck, is trying to get that last bolt in the hole while you're pulling on the center stand. I did everything myself but the last part and the shop finished the job for me in 10 minutes.

Good luck.

Todd
 
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