Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Long Beach, Ca, USA
Re: Power center stand pros & cons
Two good points mentioned here, 1) No way to use the electric stand manually (correct me if I'm getting this wrong), and 2) No method of deployment. Both very important I feel.
I have a 00, no electric back then, but, because I do use my manual about 1/2 the time and it does come in handy when servicing or even washing the bike, having an electic would be nice.
The only problem I've had with the manual is when I first puchased the bike (used) in 5/05, I was attempting to lift her up on the CS, and for some reason, thinking after 8 some years of not riding consistantly, I was weak at performing this feat.
Upon having a head to toe service perfomed on the bike, shortly before the 05CCR (was still new to the bike), it was found that the cross-member on the CS was cracked with little to no remaining attached metal.
What I was experiencing is as I pulled her up, it would feel like she wanted to go over in the oppisite direction. In actuallity, the two legs were twisting (like if you were to walk to fingers upright on the table) and sure enough, could have very well gone over if things were posistion incorrectly.
Since I don't see myself getting a newer LT anytime soon, I plan on working on an adaptive electric center stand that works in both directions. The concept can be done using the jack-screw method, its just taking the time to sit down and design it so it fits in snug and uses no more ground clearance then the current manual one. If possible, less.