Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.


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Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby mlmmike » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:57 pm



Hi.
My first post !
I know this topic has been bought up noy only on this site, but probably every Goldwing Forum that basically exists. None the less here is another.
I have seen all the documents and You Tube clips, about how easy it is to get up onto the centre stand.
Well I am 55, not of large build and despite reading all those documents, I still found it almost impossible. Yes it could be done, but no where near as easy.

First I started looking at something like the BMW, but that just seemed all too difficult.

So I looked at the ride away stand.

I thought to myself, what is this ? So given the cost of second hand stands on ebay, at around $30 odd $$, I thought what have I got to lose ?

So I removed the stand, pretty easy task (but don't forget to heat the bolts - The locktite needs to melt first). I got the angle grinder, with a cutoff wheel, and took off the feet, the basically took 22mm of the pipe and re welded the feet. The whole job took less than an hour. You also need to bend (with heat) the actual foot stand by about 2mm, or it will touch the ground first.

Wow what an incredable difference !!! - Firstly you can put the Goldwing up on the stand with like 1/10 of the effort and secondly the ride on / ride off principle works perfect.
I just have no idea why Honda do not so this in the first place.

For all of you that will say, all well and good, but you have lost functionality by not having the back wheel off the ground. Easy fix !! When you need that... Just 2 little blocks of wood 22mm think, on the occassion you do need that feature and the rear wheel is off the ground and spinning.

Best modification I have ever done ! & I think the efoort (& basically zero cost) was well worth my time.



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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby Red Ron » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:32 am

You proably already know this but having the bike in nuteral is a must. Trick is also to stand on the centerstand while at the same time pulling up on the left passenger hand grip.

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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:36 pm

I mlmmike

I did it for the easiest, I buy the CRS Center Stand.



My wife put the center stand on my GoldWing, very easy now. Now I do not hurt your back more.

Verry nice modif :mrgreen:

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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby mlmmike » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:26 pm

Yes that was exactly why I modified my own stand.

I looked at the exact you tube clip you have indicated.

Extreamly expensive to receive after postage is included, in Australia.

So I did the modification I refered to.

In reality, the you tube you refer to, is exactly what I refer to, That is exactly what it is, just 22 mm lower stand.

I also was slightly concerned about the fact that the one you refer to does not have the frame accross the botton, which in my opinion, could possibly make it slightly not quite as strong.

I was just letting other people know, that really if you have a welder or have a friend, it is really a easy fix.

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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:31 am

A problem you had with the spring to remove and replace.

Here's a good idea, his verry good. :mrgreen:

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mlmmike wrote:Yes that was exactly why I modified my own stand.

I looked at the exact you tube clip you have indicated.

Extreamly expensive to receive after postage is included, in Australia.

So I did the modification I refered to.

In reality, the you tube you refer to, is exactly what I refer to, That is exactly what it is, just 22 mm lower stand.

I also was slightly concerned about the fact that the one you refer to does not have the frame accross the botton, which in my opinion, could possibly make it slightly not quite as strong.

I was just letting other people know, that really if you have a welder or have a friend, it is really a easy fix.
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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby mlmmike » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:56 am

Well here I am back again some 3 years later.

I sold my Goldwing Gl1800 to a lovely couple from Canada. They toured Australia and New Zealand and have before and since probably been every where else as well.

Lovely people.

Anyway... So I bought a CTX 1300. Well not much I can say about the CTX1300. No cruise, Radio, but very poor. MP3 crap and to be honest about as fast as a snail in reverse. Gutless heap of crap. No wonder they are hard to find.

So I bought a Suzuki Burgman 650. These things where meant to be the best. Been on the road for nearly 20 years, millions sold, little issues. But it's just not the same. No cruise, no radio, not a real lot of space, unless you get a top box, but on the bright side a light bike, that will put most Harley 1200's to shame.

Anyway... Moving forward, my poor wife has not had a good time. Broken ribs, Sternum, punched lung. Not comfortable for her at all. So I saw this Goldwing on Carsales here in Australia. 18 years old. Looked immaculate. It was a 1998 GL1500A. Long story short. Bought and delivered here last Thursday. Last couple of days, oils, check brakes, etc etc... Couple of minor problems, such as indicator switch, which is well documented within this forum. Already doing some updates, I have found on this forum, being upgrade stereo (love his work), upgrade lights, and a lot of probable quite standard maintenance works, such as timing belt etc, all to be on the safe side.

My point to this whole update is the same as my very first post here and of course now, I am 3 years older.

Cannot get the mother onto the centre stand, no matter what I do, easily that is. My back is not great to start with.

Centre stand is the same as the GL1800 and will doo the ride away centre stand modification tomorrow.

My point is. In the 3 years I have been away, nobody has hardly made comment and for a modification that is so simple and takes very little time, I am amazed.

People will pay anything to get the bought job. All it probably is, is the originals cut down by the said 22mm.

Anyway glad to be back here and hope to hear from some of you people soon.

Regards

Mike
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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby thrasherg » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:53 am

I went the opposite way, I fitted stronger (progressive) springs to the rear shock and front forks, this raised the bike about 25mm gives much better clearance for corners and makes it much easier to put on the center stand!! Costs more than your mod, but greatly improves the handling and makes it easy to put on the center stand!! :D

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Re: Getting GL1800 onto centre stand.

Postby mlmmike » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:24 pm

Also a good idea Gary. If I was taller.

Very comfortable, with my feet on the ground now..




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