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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-23-2016, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Waiting for the 1st of April to get mine but wonder what others think of the side stand?

It seems very springy. My concern is when traveling on Brittany Ferries they use a ratchet strap over the seat and pull the bike down. Has any body taken theirs on a ferry yet where they use this method? Is the stand strong enough?

I didn't intend to fit a centre stand and the ferries prefer it on the side stand.

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Well I've used it on the side stand to launch myself on board and off every time , I tweaked my back so its much easier for me to get on and off that way,
I did worry at first it wouldn't be strong enough after seeing it flex, but its been ok over 850 miles of on and off, so I'm feeling more confident now and don't really think about it,
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Well I've used it on the side stand to launch myself on board and off every time , I tweaked my back so its much easier for me to get on and off that way,
I did worry at first it wouldn't be strong enough after seeing it flex, but its been ok over 850 miles of on and off, so I'm feeling more confident now and don't really think about it,
I always stand on mine because I am short (162cm) , I am also fat but the stand seems well able to cope.
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out of interest if you had to repair a flat by the roadside, how would you get the wheel off the bike without it falling over? (without a centre stand) ive ordered the centre stand really for this reason, plus the bike will sit in the garage for longish periods of time and I think the centre stand just allows the weight to stay off the tyres thus not creating flat spots etc (I'm so old and this probably doesn't happen with modern tyres anyway!) but humor me.....
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Centre stand obviously makes chain oiling and general maintenance significantly easier, so was a no brainer for me
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I always stand on mine because I am short (162cm) , I am also fat but the stand seems well able to cope.
Any chance you're getting one foot on the ground at 162cm tall?? And can you quantify "fat"? This isn't a fashion show, no judging here, we need these details. Haha!

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Any chance you're getting one foot on the ground at 162cm tall?? And can you quantify "fat"? This isn't a fashion show, no judging here, we need these details. Haha!
I also have the Honda low seat on the bike and with that I can get both feet on the ground but only on tip toes. I tend to slide slightly off the seat and put one foot down flat when i stop.

Fat is 100kg about 35kg more than I should be.
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out of interest if you had to repair a flat by the roadside, how would you get the wheel off the bike without it falling over? (without a centre stand) ive ordered the centre stand really for this reason
Puncture at the side of the road would be a pain, I'd squirt some foam in as I don't see myself fixing it with a patch.

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plus the bike will sit in the garage for longish periods of time and I think the centre stand just allows the weight to stay off the tyres
I use paddock stands front and rear if needs or I have a wheel free lift.

I may still order a stand but it's more weight, money and something to scrape on the ground (possibly). Thanks for your opinions it's much appreciated.
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something to scrape on the ground
Not much chance of that unless you've already fallen off!
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I also have the Honda low seat on the bike and with that I can get both feet on the ground but only on tip toes. I tend to slide slightly off the seat and put one foot down flat when i stop.

Fat is 100kg about 35kg more than I should be.
Thanks for the info! I still wonder if I'll be able to flat foot the bike. I'm only 67kg and 1.7m tall. I'm not sure I'll have enough weight to compress the suspension down enough. That and I have a short inseam. Can't wait to see one in person!

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