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    Locking centre stand

    Not sure if this is "mod" or "technical"?

    I've finally managed to clear a skip load of crap out of the garage and got the GL in there.
    It's on a sort of low level trolley to allow me to move it back and sideways, but I'm dubious about moving it forwards in case it comes of the stand suddenly. Is there anyway of locking the centre stand to stop that happening?
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    You could run a wire through the spring, to the spring mounts.

    If you can tighten it the bike won't move.

    The early CXs are pretty stable on the stands though. I've built CXs sitting on the centre stand with NO spring fitted at all. I just make sure any pushing on the bike is backwards.

    Not sure if Gs are so stable though.
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    If running a wire through the spring doesn't work for you try tying the wire between the stand and a point in front of it like maybe one of the mystery lugs on the engine. If you plan to put the bike on & off of the trolley often you might be able to rig up a turnbuckle with a couple of hooks so you could install & remove it easily.
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    That's not a bad idea....
    Thanks.

    The trolley is so that I can move the bike around in the garage, but the floor isn't 100% and I don't want to have to push that ..lleeeetle bit harder to get the castor to move and the bike fall forward off the stand.Especially if I'm not close to the bars and brakes... :-(
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    I loop a ratchet strap around the center stand and then attach the other hook into the boss on the side of the motor. But if you have a stock collector I don't think that will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChopperCharles View Post
    I loop a ratchet strap around the center stand and then attach the other hook into the boss on the side of the motor. But if you have a stock collector I don't think that will work.

    Charles.
    I did a ratchet strap to the front on a Kawasaki Voyager once and the center stand gave out, read that as it bent towards the front and was damaged. But that was a Kawi, not a Honda. I use straps to prevent collapse during repairs all the time. No problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChopperCharles View Post
    I loop a ratchet strap around the center stand and then attach the other hook into the boss on the side of the motor. But if you have a stock collector I don't think that will work.

    Charles.
    Came here to suggest this.


    Quote Originally Posted by GLBlinded View Post
    I did a ratchet strap to the front on a Kawasaki Voyager once and the center stand gave out, read that as it bent towards the front and was damaged. But that was a Kawi, not a Honda. I use straps to prevent collapse during repairs all the time. No problems.
    To avoid this, do not tighten the ratchet more than half a turn. The point of the strap is to hold the stand from folding back, not to force it forward over the stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChopperCharles View Post
    I loop a ratchet strap around the center stand and then attach the other hook into the boss on the side of the motor. But if you have a stock collector I don't think that will work.

    Charles.
    No but I think it will fit over the crash protector bar.
    The only straps I have to hand are the 100mm ones where the rathcet is bigger than the span so just ordered some dainty ones, which should arrive whilst I'm on my mini road trip this week.
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    A ratchet strap is a good idea.

    As for it bending the stand or frame, I would wonder if it was strong enough in the first place if that happened......
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    Bob hasn't seen my ratchet straps.

    I used 1 to lift my VT750 onto a truck.

    and to lift a 455 ci. engine from the 442.

    but point well taken about holding ,

    not overdoing it.
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