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I just got a 1991 VN750 with (I think) a Jardine exhaust system. So both mufflers are on the right side. The bike came with the centre stand removed. When I tried re-installing it, the spring rubs on the rear cylinder exhaust where it crosses over.

I really want to get the centre stand back on but I will have to devise a stop for it so it doesn't come up as high in the "UP" position. Therefore I would like to know exactly where it is positioned on a stock 750 in the "UP" position...

1. What does it hit when stopped in the "UP" position? the Brake Torque bar?
2. Is the protruding "kick" part of the stand above or below the rear footpeg?
3. When the bike is upright, how far are the feet of the centre stand from the ground?

Thanks for any answers you can supply.
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I just got a 1991 VN750 with (I think) a Jardine exhaust system. So both mufflers are on the right side. The bike came with the centre stand removed. When I tried re-installing it, the spring rubs on the rear cylinder exhaust where it crosses over.

I really want to get the centre stand back on but I will have to devise a stop for it so it doesn't come up as high in the "UP" position. Therefore I would like to know exactly where it is positioned on a stock 750 in the "UP" position...

1. What does it hit when stopped in the "UP" position? the Brake Torque bar?
2. Is the protruding "kick" part of the stand above or below the rear footpeg?
3. When the bike is upright, how far are the feet of the centre stand from the ground?

Thanks for any answers you can supply.

Unfortunately the stop for the center stand is on the left stock exhaust pipe. Those with aftermarket exhausts need to fab their own somehow.

You should have the stand retract as high as you can without it touching anything other than the stop.

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Thank you Knifemaker, that answers my first question and it explains why the previous owner removed the stand. I would still like to know the "stock" position of the stand so I can compare it with the highest retracted position that I can obtain. If there is too much difference, I may have to leave it off.
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Well I can't help you with a measurement here as:

A. I'm not at home where the bike is.
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B. The 750 I still have has an aftermarket exhaust on it too....

So hopefully another member with a stock bike can give you that info...

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1. What does it hit when stopped in the "UP" position? the Brake Torque bar?
Ion mine, the center stand rests against the "goats belly" power chamber under the bike.

2. Is the protruding "kick" part of the stand above or below the rear footpeg?
Below it. the hooled part of the stand curves just under the left exhaust where the cutout is for the heat shield but does not make contact.

3. When the bike is upright, how far are the feet of the centre stand from the ground?
It is tucked up under the bike...barely visible.

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I made a bracket out of some aluminum flat stock for stonepoet's bike. Basically just a "j" shape that pulls the center stand up as far as it will go. She hasn't had any problems with it rubbing or scraping the road. I chose to just bolt it to the left side where the stock muffler would bolt up. Put a bolt through the bracket and the peg mount and tighten it down with a nylock nut.

Now if you do it that way you won't need the spring on there as it is held up with the bracket. Also you will have to unbolt the bracket each and every time you want to use the stand. I suppose the same thing could be achieved with just using a bungee or a strap, but what fun is that.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I like the idea of leaving the spring off and using a latch of some kind. I would only use the centre stand for cleaning and some maintenance, so undoing a bolt would not be a problem. You've been a great help already, but if anyone can post a closeup photo of their solution, it would be appreciated.
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1. What does it hit when stopped in the "UP" position? the Brake Torque bar?
... on mine, the center stand rests against the "goats belly" power chamber under the bike.
Same here, the goat's belly has a rubber pad on it to catch the stand when it snaps up.

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here is mine with the vance and hines pipes just realized that it doesnt even hit the stop they sent with the pipes



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Thank you all for the great photos and explanations. It looks like I will rig up a stop of some sort, attached to the rear footrest bracket where the stock muffler was attached.
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