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1200 Sport 4v work stand?

Discussion in 'BNS12 Chat & Tech' started by Riversider, May 6, 2014.

  1. Riversider

    Riversider Just got it firing!

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    Does anyone know of a bike stand / work stand that will support the 4v 1200 Sport in my garage? There is one available for the Griso, but I cannot find anything for the Sport.

    I'm reluctant to fit a centre stand to make the bike heavier than it already is, but that may be the only solution for servicing and wheel changes etc, unless someone knows different.

    Riversider (in Scotland)
     
  2. whysub

    whysub Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I'm looking for one too-it seems a fruitless search so for.

    I will try to get into a local engineering shop to see if they can find a solution to this, as I don't want to fit a centre stand either.

    I'll let you know.
     
  3. john zibell

    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Considering what the bike already weighs, the center stand is negligible. You won't notice the extra weight. Just trim down the rubber bumper so you still have good cornering clearance. Personally, I don't want a bike without a center stand.
     
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    I made one, by extending a standard swing arm stand. It attaches to bobbins mounted to the bottom of the pillion footrests.

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    Works well, I have three 1200 Sports modified to fit this stand.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    If you have a tire problem out on the road, how do you get a wheel off? Center stand cures many issues with maintenance.
     
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    John, the original post indicated he didn't want to fit a center stand. Neither do I.

    There are times when a center stand is valid (I have them on my 1100 Brevas and Norge), but they can be a pain in the butt too.

    My solution was for home servicing and replacing tires (generally, I do not let tire shops anywhere near my bike). Even if I did have a center stand, I would not be removing my tire on the road. That's what mobile phones are for.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Just to relay experience, my wife's bike got a flat in the middle of nowhere West Virginia. It was much easier to remove the wheel, strap it to my bike and get it repaired than to transport the entire bike. Of course that was before cell phones. Again the choice of having a center stand or not is the owners. Just trying to illustrate the benefit of the center stand.
     
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    For that I carry a repair kit. Easier to do in the middle of no where and works without removing the tire.
     
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    whysub Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Thanks Kiwi Dave. Never thought of that as a solution. I have a couple of these knocking about in the depths of the garage, an able grinder and my brother can weld.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    That type of fix is subject to fail due to the flexing of the tread area. Might be good enough to get you to a repair shop though. An internal patch plug is the only reliable tubeless repair, unfortunately many shops won't use them. BTW, When I was a demo rider for MGNA I got a flat on a Demo California rear tire during the Honda Hoot several years ago. Had to ride the bike back to the rally site about 5 miles with a flat. Big piece of steel. No way a plug could have been used. Tire had to be replaced. Thanks to the Cali having a center stand, we could remove the wheel in the parking lot and get a tire put on.
     
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    On a similar note, I am looking for a stand that will fit into the tubes on each side, just below the saddle. I built a simple T-stand that bolts into some threaded mounts on the engine block to support the front during fork work. Now i'm digging into the rear for shock replacement and swingarm bearing maintenance. That tube seems like it would be a good place to support the remainder of the weight. It will need to be offset slightly so as to not block access to the swing arm shaft.
    Anyone seen or heard of something like that?
     
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    Not a good idea for the Breva/Sport/Norge. The pork chops have to be removed to access the swing arm bearings. Also the chrome piece in the pork chop is not the same diameter as the tube and would probably break if the bike was to be supported that way. It is not the same design as the spine frame bikes. I would recommend just using a sturdy front wheel chock and jacking up the rear from the engine pan using a scissors jack.
     
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    You do realize that Stein Dinse sells the center stand for the 1200 Sport? I bought mine and it was a perfect fit.

    It does not affect handling and is supremely convenient.
     
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