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    Member Do I Need a Centerstand? Hollow Road Rider's Avatar
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    Question Do I Need a Centerstand?

    My NC700 is my seventh bike (over 40 years) and the first one without a centerstand. When I first bought it I thought that the centerstand would be my first project. Now, a month later, I wonder if I need one.

    Why did you centerstand users get one? For maintenance?

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    For me, it was maintenance purpose. For example: chain maintenance.
    also, when I don't ride my bike for a long period of time. I leave it on the center stand.

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    I use it when lubing my chain. Much easier that way.

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    What they said^^^^^^^^^^ and stability when stored, to avoid the dreaded bike fell over when parked.

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    It's good for chain lubing, chain adjustment, rear wheel removal, front wheel removal, changing fork oil (removing forks), and many other repairs/maintenance.

    If you just ride and don't do any of your own service, you probably could do without the center stand, otherwise it's a must. In my opinion, the ONLY reason it's not standard is so Honda could make a little more money on the bike sale. It is really the only item that could be left off the bike (except maybe the fenders, the passenger accommodations, and some bodywork) and still make for a usable vehicle.

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    I have long given up on buying centrestands for motorcycles. If they come with one then that is good. I have two paddock stands that fit all bikes, so I use them when changing wheels/tyres etc. For chain lubing on the road, I have a stick. Yes, a stick. It is of rectangular cross section 3.5CM X 2CM, and made of pine. It is 37.5CM long and fits snugly inside the storage area on the NC. To use it I place one end under the head of the rear axle on the right side, and then putting my shoulder to the bike I get the wheel sufficiently off the ground to allow it spin freely. The stick is now a prop to keep it there. I can then spin the wheel to lube the chain. I have even used it to get the rear wheel out of my KTM dirt bike when I had a puncture. The Germans have "invented" a similar item from Aluminium, but there is a considerable cost not too far removed from the cost of a centrestand. Do I need a centrestand. No !

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    [QUOTE=Grump;67113]I have long given up on buying centrestands for motorcycles. If they come with one then that is good. I have two paddock stands that fit all bikes, QUOTE]

    What is a paddock stand?

    Thanks

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    TBH if you have to ask, you don't need a center stand.
    For me, it was a bonus.

    For oiling the chain and so on, there are other methods.
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    I've just taken to lubing the parts of the chain I can get to every time after I gas up... thinking I'll save the cash for a center stand for a auto oiler... and maybe a stick like grump mentioned (I've actually used a stick before, but haven't found one I really like enough to keep on the bike full time) when I do feel like being through and inspecting the rear tire and chain all the way around.

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    For every argument I can make for having a centre stand, there is a valid opposing view as to why not to have one.

    I want one, therefore I have one.

    I like to use mine for:

    -chain lubing and tightening
    -front or rear wheel removal
    -bodywork removal and general maintenance
    -petrol filling
    -tire inspection and adding air
    -sitting on the bike/getting on and off the bike, while trying to determine various ergonomic and farkle changes (bar risers, GPS placement, hand gaurds, etc.) with the bike level, versus tilted at a neck craning angle.

    Do I NEED a centre stand for any of this? No. Do I love having it handy anywhere I go, and not have to resort to paddock stands or sticks? YES.

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