Originally Posted by rogerK
Even if it means putting the switch to activate the feature in an odd location (like the center storage compartment) it seems like it would be a great option...
Does anyone know if this electronic center stand feature can be retrofitted to the 2002?
Hmmm ... where to begin ...
I guess as a first matter, in theory it would be possible to retrofit the '05 stand if you are willing to bypass essentially all the safety wiring and install a separate heavy-duty feed from the battery to power the electric pump (FWIW, I would wire the relay to control the electric pump to include the neutral light in the circuit, so you never operate the stand while in gear (i.e., have the stand try to raise the bike, which at the same time requires the rear wheel to rotate backwards a few inches).
Unless you find a wrecked '05 and have the opportunity to cannibalize *all* the necessary parts (including going back to the hulk to pick off the bits you forget the first time
), you'll need to buy all the parts -- ouch! Electro-hydraulic unit, support frame, centerstand, electrical connector for the pump, frame, skidplate, frame's engine mounts, etc., etc. $$$, and I have no idea whether some of these parts are even available.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this will definitely an up-hill battle, at best.
Originally Posted by rogerK
but I find I just don't have the strength to deal with it with my wife on the back -- I need an easy way to steady the bike when she's getting on and off, and found the center stand to be the only foolproof, secure method.
Let's break these down into two separate events:
I cannot remember the last time I had someone get *on* the bike after I had mounted. I always have my passenger mount first, then I get on and, when the passenger is ready, rock forward off the centerstand (sometimes with the passenger rocking forward with me to help) with both feet extended to meet the ground. For reference, I have a 30" inseam.
Thus, for mounting, there's no need to ever have to try to put the bike onto the (02's original) centerstand with a passenger on board, nor to have to try to balance the bike as someone is boarding.
For dismounting, I put both feet on the ground, and then signal the passenger when *I'm* ready that they can get off. I train my passengers to (1) GO SLOW so they don't throw sudden, de-stabilizing forces into the bike, and (2) if possible, slide to the left to put their left foot onto the ground to take up their weight, then slide the right leg over/off the bike; for those that can't reach the ground, I remind them to try to concentrate on keeping their center of mass over the center of the bike as much as possible as they stand up and swing their right leg over the seat and step off -- again, in a slow, controlled manner to minimize sudden inputs to the bike.
FWIW, I'm not dismissing your concern with stability -- apparently it's real, or you wouldn't have taken the time to post. I'm just offering alternatives if the retrofit project proves impractical, as I'm afraid it will.