Join Date: May 2005
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Broken Center Stand = Bike on Side
I haven't seen any threads on this, nor had my dealer heard of this happening before, but yesterday my center stand broke in two resulting in my bike laying on its side.
I believe the cause was from laying the bike down on the ice in Dec. 2011. The tube connecting the legs was cracked on the left side of the bike and yesterday morning when I put it up on the stand the two sides became separated.
(Note to self, bike won't stand on one leg.) Fortunately there was no one, and no other bike on the right and it just thunked to the ground. It did result in the demise of a driving light, which will be relocated when replaced. Should have been already as the left one was trashed in the previous left side incident.
Also noted that just lubing the center stand is not sufficient as there are o-rings on the pivots. I applied grease and new o-rings before mounting the new center stand.
So a word to the wise, if you drop the bike on its left side or have a left side excursion you may want to check to be sure that your stand is not damaged.
1972 Honda SL 125 (1 st bike)(rest in peace)
1974 Honda CB350 F1 (smoothness personified)
1973 Honda CB350 twin (unsafe at any speed)
1971 Kawasaki H-1A 500 (wheelie King)
1975 Honda GL1000 (4 into 1 header, Vetter fairing)
1981 KTM 420 Enduro (fast and smooth)
1979 Yamaha 750 Special (suprisingly fast)
1981 Honda GL1100 Interstate (rough rider)
2000 K1200LT ICon (gone but not forgotten)
2003 K1200LTE Silver Lightning 131,637 miles 07/01/13
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