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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Center Stands

  

            Below are shown two center stands from the latest plunger series. One has been restored and the other recently taken off a worn out R51/3.

 

            Most BMW center stands have had a tendency to be under engineered, and the plunger framed series seem to be among the weakest. As you can see in the photo, the tabs that are welded onto the curved tube are bent back from having been levered against the lower frame cross member.

 

            Prevention, in this case after the fact, involves gently pulling the bike back onto the center stand. There’s no need to use a great deal of force.

 

            The tabs on the frame cross member usually suffer as much as those on the stand. Also, because the frame cross member is made of light steel tubing, the tubing walls where the center stand tabs engage tend to become deformed. They need to be filled in with steel welds and trimmed flush with the surface of the tubing.

 

            These items can be repaired fairly easily, but still require patience, an acetylene torch and some files.  A die grinder would make the job go faster, but not a necessary item.

 

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