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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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When I bought my bike some 8 or 9 yrs ago The guy broke the center stand off. Yes, brackets tore from frame. I still dont know how it happened as all he did was put it on the stand. He used it all the time instead of the kick stand. So, this winter I plan on taking the engine out. At this time I was thinking of having the brackets welded back on. I never use the damn thing, but I hate anything that is incomplete. How many use theirs?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 07:30 AM
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I use mine everyday. Where I park at work I prefer to put it up on the center stand rather than the side stand so I can let it warm up the last 5 mins. or so of the work day. That way as soon as I clock out, I can just jump on and ride. I also always use it when I fill up to ensure I truely get the tank full.
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I use mine a couple times a week for checking the oil, plus when I wash it I use it so I can spin the back tire and get all the way around it easily!

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42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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I never use the damn thing, but I hate anything that is incomplete. How many use theirs?
Well if you never use it why would you want to put it back on...??? I either did not put mine up or maybe not all the way and it dropped down and wrecked my 06 and totaled it, messed up my shoulder a bit also...
If I didn't use it I would leave it off, and eliminate the chances of it causing a crash...
I am beginning to hate electronic safety switches, they kill your brain, then fail...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Old Dog, I thought your problem was the sidestand. Think he's talking about the centerstand.

Very handy for changing or repairing the rear tire, checking oil level, doing spline lube, taking a little less space in the garage, etc., etc. Glad mine is there.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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I use mine all the time except just parking while on a ride. As mentioned before it is great for servicing things like oil, tires, and cleaning. Where I have 2 750's it takes less space (as flite said) to park them in my small storage shed. Many many uses for the stand. I also use it when fueling up to get the tank as full as possible for those extra few miles between fuel-ups.

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Modified seat and backrest
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Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
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I had a hard time putting mine up on the center stand yesterday :-/ How do you guys do it so often?
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I had a hard time putting mine up on the center stand yesterday :-/ How do you guys do it so often?
One hand on the handle bar and the other on the passenger peg. While pushing with your foot pull up and back on the peg.

01' VN750
Jardine cross over exaust
Kyriakin grips and foot pegs
Modified seat and backrest
Windshield
Luggage rack
Crash bar with Kyriakin pegs and extensions
Kumho 758 165/80-15 CT rear Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
Spline lube

93' VN750 getting TLC
Decals and mirrors
Coastered and air/fuel screws at 2.5 turns
ACCTs to MCCTs
Degoated with Harley mufflers
Duro 110-90-19 front 150-90-15 rear
Pick-up coils at .020
Spline lube
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I had a hard time putting mine up on the center stand yesterday :-/ How do you guys do it so often?
Someone posted a video here of a guy doing it. Scary at first, because this is the biggest bike I've had and had never put one on a centerstand before. Place your left hand on the left handlebar. There is no major force on the left hand, it's just there to steady the bike. With right hand, grab the chrome fender bar on rear fender. Place right foot on centerstand tab, and as it meets the ground, press down HARD with your right leg and lift with the right hand. Might want to have an assistant available to steady the bike until you've done it a time or two. Probably not needed, but a confidence builder nonetheless.

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I removed mine. I seldom used it.

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