Sw Motech Centre Stand 955i

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  1. DanielB

    DanielB Noble Member

    Jan 13, 2019
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    Hi all,

    Does anyone have experience of fitting the SW Motech centre stand to a Speed Triple 955i?

    I am a little stumped with the start! How to attach the fixing lugs to the engine, or where, on what they attach to? I can't quite interpret the diagram that comes with.... Any help or advice so gratefully received!

    Diagram attached...

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  2. DanielB

    DanielB Noble Member

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    I have figured all this out...and it actually looks quite straightforward, as I knew it may well be once I've cleaned under there and had a good look!

    Meanwhile, trying to undo my first engine bolt, the nut - M12 (17mm socket), the whole bolt is turning...so, today's question (o_O) is does anyone happen to know what size the star drive/torx is!? I have a few drives...but not THIS size! It measures about 12mm. Point to point . Does that make it a TX55??

    Also, taking out one bolt at a time, and replacing it with the new longer one..then out with the next ...is my engine gonna fall out :cold_sweat:? When each bolt is removed!?

    As ever, many thanks! Photo of the star attached... YouTube video of the actual stand fitting to follow!!

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  3. DanielB

    DanielB Noble Member

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    I've done it!

    I have fitted this centre stand, and made a (rather long and boring) video of it.

    It wasn't actually that difficult once I stopped, starred at it and drank tea!

    Once you get started - the bit that for some reason I found difficult, but actually wasn't, it was all ok....again, the instructions are a bit "busy" but kinda make more sense when you're actually down there and dirty...

    Seriously, if I can fit this stand, and I did, then anyone can!

    Plus, as a relatively newbie it's a good non-critical job that'll teach you lots. About getting dirty, about getting up close and personal with your machine, as well as garage skills and using torque wrenches etc.

    I'm very happy to help others if needed, just pm me. And I'll also have a video uploaded to my 'moments of triumph' Youtube channel, or send you. I warn you, it's a bit boring and I filmed myself doing it wrong once... :p

    A great mod, thank you all for previous help and advice. It all helped!

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  4. SamTheExplorer

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    Hi Daniel, I took the plunge (should have done a long time ago!) and purchased the centre stand. Wanted to say how helpful I found your video when it came to fitting it on Saturday morning. It saved lots of time and head scratching!

    Here she is standing tall and straight! Providing more clearance in the garage (the wheelie bins have to pass through and I wince every time SWMBO does it...) and more importantly, much more convenience for cleaning and maintenance. Many thanks again for taking the time to make the video.

    Cheers!

    Sam

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  5. DanielB

    DanielB Noble Member

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    #5 DanielB, Sep 16, 2019
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    Well Sam, I am so pleased you found it! useful!

    The instructions I found only really made sense in hindsight!! But hey, things are always easier when you know how!!

    Not sure if you saw on the YouTube video, but it was advised that the TWO springs should be used, with the smaller one wound into the bigger?

    I haven't done that, but the tension on what I have (using just the larger spring) is so good.

    As you say, it's a god send to have a central stand!! Even though it's hernia inducing getting it on there!!

    Your bike looks gorgeous...

    Stay in touch, ride safe!!
     
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  6. SamTheExplorer

    Nov 26, 2017
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    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the compliment. I took the opportunity to give her a good clean having put the effort in to get the stand on.

    I did notice in the video you choosing the springs. I agree, the instructions are not the easiest to read but it looked like both belong on the stand so that is what I did. To be honest, with all your video help, getting the springs on without damaging myself or the bike was the hardest part!

    I have only got her up and down on the stand a couple of times and it didn't seem too much effort? I'm not small and had larger bikes previously so maybe I didnt notice.

    I'm yet to ride her with the stand on to see if there is any discernible difference. I very much doubt it. It just looks like a tight clearance between the stand and the chain. I'm otherwise very impressed by the quality.

    Cheers!
     
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