Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Gilbert, AZ, USA
Re: Installed a shorter center stand
Part of servicing the bike is removing the centerstand, checking the O-rings, and greasing the bushings. When I first got my bike (2000 LT) I knew nothing about this. At 6'3" and 210lbs, I could not get my bike on the centerstand. I could stand on the foot pedal with all my weight, yanking and pulling without any luck. Then one day, while trying my futile exercise one more time, the bike fell on its right side. I wasn't happy. I put the bike back on the sidestand and started walking away. I looked back and noticed the side stand hitting the ground when it should have been up. I walked back and looked under the bike only to find that I had broken the centerstand cross tube literally creating two separate centerstand legs.
Long story short, I found a used stand on ebay and replaced the bushings and o-rings (new grease too). Now the bike is super easy to get on the stand. The difference was NIGHT and DAY!
The centerstand can be removed with the bike on the sidestand. Obviously, be careful! There are circlips on the bolts that seem to serve no purpose other than to keep the centerstand bolts from being overtightened thus creating binding with the stand. I removed them before removing the centerstand bolts.
One IMPORTANT thing to know is that the centerstand bolts are installed using blue loctite. Heat is required to remove them. There are rubber o-rings on the centerstand bushings. If you overheat the bolts, you will ruin the o-rings. I used a propane torch and heated ONLY the threaded part of the bolt! If you look up from under the centerstand in the center of the bike you can see the threaded holes where the bolts reside. HEAT THERE ONLY! Do not heat the head of the bolt, and do not try to remove the bolts without heating, you WILL strip the hex head!
Replace any questionable parts, grease, and reassemble. You might be amazed at the difference! I was. Even if this doesn't fix you centerstand woes, it's a cheap and easy place to start.