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Old 10-20-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
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Center stand or not?

I noticed that the 2008 GSX650F (the fully-faired replacement for the Suzuki Bandit) does not come standard with a center stand.

this seems like de-contenting but is this typical with new models?

Are there any cons to having a center stand other than cost (~$120)?
- one cannot corner quite so aggressively

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they are heavy... upwards of 30 lbs.

I mean, it has to be strong enough to hold up the bike...
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Most center stands are well made / designed and do not affect cornering (sic) peg draggin ability.

Buy and feel better that you did. You will have some head aches along the way without it servicing your chain, oil changes and the like just for routine service.

Weight???

Its all down low, and if 20#'s bothers you on performance, then the cheapest way to shed weight is to get your fat on a proper diet program.

Outside of race / track bikes, I dont know why the center stand is even considered an option. Its a must have unless you like doing things the hard way.
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Points well addressed... true about the convenience of a center stand on demand.

I have stands so that solves the maintenance situation

Lower weight could hinder turn in because its not weight utilized when leaning.

Usually lower fairings need to be removed as well on full fairing bikes to accomidate them. Stretched bikes will not fit a centerstand, nor is it easy to raise a lowered bike on one. 30 lbs is still 30 lbs. Patrick had one on his SV for a day I believe until he didn't like the ground clearance and weight and yanked it off.
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I've seen mant a side stand drag, which is why it is required to take them off when on the track!
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Outside of race / track bikes, I dont know why the center stand is even considered an option. Its a must have unless you like doing things the hard way.


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thanks guys -

Is it all recent bikes that are missing them or just some companies and some of the lower end bikes?
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Its bike design usually... Sport touring bikes are designed for distance so the bike has smaller nuts/bolts etc and larger tool kits(mine comes w all needed to adjust the rear chain or remove a tire) lol...


A SS bike is designed for performance. Centerstand is added weight. And since brake distance, acceleration, turn in etc etc is effected by either weight on bike or hp/speed, its a decision the manufactorers happily looked over.
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$30-60 on ebay, but not an 08
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A SS bike is designed for performance. Centerstand is added weight. And since brake distance, acceleration, turn in etc etc is effected by either weight on bike or hp/speed, its a decision the manufactorers happily looked over.
Now how many people can actually take advantage of that???? 99.9% of riders it would NOT have an effect on......
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