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Electric Center Stand

I have a friend that is thinking of buying a 2000 LTC. Is there a way to put the electric center stand on this year? All thoughts on this please.

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post #2 of 12 Old Sep 8th, 2008, 1:04 pm
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Re: Electric Center Stand

It will bolt right up but you will have to supply a switch and wiring to operate it. It will not have any of the safety interlocks, but if you are careful it can be done safely. Several on this board have done it. There is usually one available following a trike mod for sale.

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Re: Electric Center Stand

Thanks. I might have to put one on my 2002 LTC.

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I have a 2005 model with the electric centre stand. I'm VERY embarassed to use it. It makes me feel like a fool being hauled up in the air by a whirring electric motor and when it finally gets you up there the bike CLUNKS onto the back wheel. I thought the puddle lights were pointless (they don't come on until you've stopped and already got your feet down!) but the centre stand takes the biscuit!
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Well my old knees just love the damn thing and they aren't embarassed in the least.

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I love my center stand , especially the WOW factor when some one sees it go up on the center stand. I also find it useful. The HD riders ussually ask if it came with Air conditioning . Ha! Ha! As for retro fit , I guess the switch could be mounted somewhere other than the handle bars
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Re: Electric Center Stand

... a random thought... I wonder if the wires coming from the BC button could be used/re-routed for the center stand?

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Re: Electric Center Stand

I added the electric center stand to my 03--works great and I'm proud to use it every time I can. Besides, I was getting too old and weak to put the damn thing up on the center stand manually. I posted a detailed report after I did it--probably a year or so ago.

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Well my old knees just love the damn thing and they aren't embarassed in the least.
Good point! I guess I'll get over my feelings when it starts to become neccessary.

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I don't know what an electric stand retrofit costs but I have an alternative.

I fitted Ohlins shocks with new heavy duty springs. That eliminated the sagging poor quality BMW OEM springs and regained the proper ride height. As an added benefit I found that the centerstand became quite easy: step on the end of the stand with the bike vertical and steady and it rides right up on the stand. Cool.

I only use the centerstand on absolutely flat ground and when leaving overnight. The sidestand is much more stable for everyday use due to its wide three points of contact.

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I don't know what an electric stand retrofit costs but I have an alternative.

I fitted Ohlins shocks with new heavy duty springs. That eliminated the sagging poor quality BMW OEM springs and regained the proper ride height. As an added benefit I found that the centerstand became quite easy: step on the end of the stand with the bike vertical and steady and it rides right up on the stand. Cool.

I only use the centerstand on absolutely flat ground and when leaving overnight. The sidestand is much more stable for everyday use due to its wide three points of contact.
Time for me to invest in some Ohlins!

I bought my '03 LTE in July with only 14K... according to the local BMW tech, it appears the first owner put a shorter strut on the front... (an effort to lose vertical seat height) I'm tired of dragging the stand... what's more annoying is the occasional scuff on the lower tupperware.. grrrr.

Having not riden in a couple decades... I was a little intimidated trying to hoist her on the center stand... failed more than succeeded.. and wasn't willing to risk dropping her over it.

I finally figured out... I need to not put my leg pressure straight down, but rather, at an angle forward... made all the difference in the world... and now.. after reading your post.. realize.. if I get the strut issue eliminated... it will be an easy lift for sure.

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Re: Electric Center Stand

I have a Bad Back so the Electronic Center stand to me is a big big plus+++++


but besides that i agree it does have the Factor when others see it


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