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?