center stand


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dough0216
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center stand

Postby dough0216 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:38 pm



Hi guys, thanks to you my 81 1100 is back on the road. I still have a to do list before I go farther than around the neighborhood, but man I love riding this bike. The latest gremlin I have encountered is the center stand. The other day I was taking the bike off the center stand to go for a short ride, and it was harder than normal. I started to rock the bike front to back, hoping a little momentum would help. I couldn't get it down, then my bike leaned to the right and settled. I thought it was going to fall over but it was stable just leaning to the right. I got off the bike to investigate and noticed that my center stand was over extended bottoming out on my Tranny. With some help from my wife I was able to get the bike back off of the stand, it seems fine from up until it contacts the ground. I tried it again, but I couldn't get the bike back up on it. I had to put my back tire on a 2x4 in order for me to put the stand down. Still over extending and making my bike lean. What broke?



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Re: center stand

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:53 am

This is a pretty common problem, and it's usually caused by corrosion. It's either the mount that holds the center stand to the frame, or the frame itself. If you have a good look underneath, you should be able to see what has bent.

The mount to the frame is the usual spot for rust. This is a cross tube that is double skinned and usually rusts from the top under the engine to the bottom. The main cause is lack of water drain point at this lowest point of the frame. It then just twists right out of the mount to the frame.

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Re: center stand

Postby dough0216 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:39 am

Thanks for the info, I will check it out in more detail this weekend. I did look at it while on the kick stand and could not see anything wrong. I will lift it up and take the center stand off, for repair.

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Re: center stand

Postby Baunix63 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:21 am

Hoi,
had the same problem. The tube in frame for the center stand was corroded and twisted forward to about 45degrees. Riding the bike was realy weak at backend and on bad roads...
The removable part of the frame was corroded, too
I got a good frame for a total conversion.
Cause for repairing that damage you have to weld. For good welding you can only get access by taking of the engine, tank, rear swingarm. Normaly the tube of the centerstand has to be cut out, reinforce the frame on that place inside with a 2-3mm plate on both sides, new tube, the center stand mount welded on. Lot of work...
Good luck
Michael from Bavaria

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Re: center stand

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:29 am

After you get it fixed put a grease fitting in there so you can grease it every once in a while.




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