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Old 18 May 2007
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Center stand for 3aj, is it worth it?

I am fixing up an old 3aj, and was wondering what all the fuss is about a center stand. I am sitting at the bottom most tip of africa, so parts are costly and can be a pain to find.

Is it worth the trouble, i am planning a few trips here and a bit later a full on cape to cairo. Where would i find such an animal any way?

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Thumbs up Quite agree

I agree with your sentiment; if a bike happens to have one when I buy it then that is fine and if it doesn't, well so what? (a bit of weight saved in fact).

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I've got a centre stand on my XT and find it very useful, especially when I get rear wheel punctures, also for oiling the chain etc.

You can do without one though, I suppose it depends how many punctures you expect to get!

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Hi Peter,

I must say we had on every trip this year a puncture. And without support vehicle its very handy to have a center stand. So if you want to do Cape to Cairo I think its good to have one on the bike.

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Travelled the whole of Africa without the centerstand. And survived. During the trip I used a box under the footrest to lift the rearwheel for punctures and maintenance. Now, I use a piece of pipe under the footrest. Any fix goes.
Saves indeed a lot of weight plus a pretty heavy thing bouncing up and down on bad roads.

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took mine off

Hi.

I had a center stand on my Tenere but took it off. Sure it has it´s advantages but like Auke says it bounces around alot and it has a tendancy to get stuck in things when you are off road.
I guess it depends on what type of rider you are, apparently some of us likes them and some of us don´t
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