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Old 12-18-2011, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Triumph hardtail with centerstand?

Has anyone run a centerstand on there Triumph with a hardtail? Call me a nerd but i'm sorta fond of my centerstand. I'm getting my new hardtail section in the next couple days so i'm not even sure it the stand will fit.

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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pre unit factory hardtails had center stands, watch the wild one, you'll see johnny using one through out the movie on his 55.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:41 AM   #3
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it's up to you if you cut the center stand mounts off or not, but it will more likely be up to how much "drop" you ordered on the hard tail. it's real hard to get the rear up on a center stand when you are lifting the rear wheel 3" off the ground. the wheel diameters front and rear play into the deal too.

what it comes down too is the leverage angle and fulcrum point, most stock center stands will bend and break if the angles are wrong because all the lift stress is on the one leg nearest the foot arm. It really helps on stock bikes to have a lift handle to relieve the lift stress while putting the bike up on center stand.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: Triumph hardtail with centerstand?

Here's a pic of my 67 500 with centerstand,took alot of cutting and welding to make it work.Had it powder coated,installed it and then removed it.It does work well i just did not like the look of the stand hanging down so low,plus my one buddy gave my shit for having it on (you know who you are) but once again he was right it does look better with out.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:12 AM   #5
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pre unit factory hardtails had center stands, watch the wild one, you'll see johnny using one through out the movie on his 55.
No, they did not. they had rear stands, a very different beast and easy to use on a rigid. And he did not ride a '55!

As pointed out in the other posts, the location of the center stand with a rigid rear end would make using it very difficult. And it would drag even worse than the SA ones as it would be lower and need to be wide to work.
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Yea you right about the rear stand, they pretty cool, had one on a bsa m20. Was a pain in the ass to get it up there though.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:18 PM   #7
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Not really relevant I guess, but this centerstand setup amused me. I watched him ride in with this sweet Norvin, then he grabbed the lever and popped it onto the centerstand while still sitting on the bike!
Not something I'd do, but it was different!
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:40 PM   #8
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So that giant levers only job is to put down the center stand?! very odd
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:30 PM   #9
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I'm currently building a bike and I am going to leave the centerstand tangs on the frame just in case I decide to use a centerstand in the future. I think they are cool. Trim it up just right and the bike will stand up straight without looking too lifted ... Like it is just standing up straight. Probably easier to work on that way.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:58 PM   #10
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At the very least, you might have to cut the height of the stand. It would be worth it!
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HERE IS A BIKE I'M DOING AT MY SHOP. SCRATCH BUILT THE CENTER STAND. WHEN ITS IN THE UP POSITION, IT TUCKS UP INTO THE FRAME RAILS AND IS HIDDEN.


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asin - i like it -since it is narrowed is it steady enough side to side ?
i took the center stand off my RD350 for weight reasons and i really miss it for working on the bike
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:58 AM   #13
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There was a center stand on my 79 Harley FLH when I got it. I never could use it so I removed it and it's just hanging in my shed.
I've used factory installed stands on my Brit bikes both swung arm and rigid. Never used one on a custom frame. I think it would spoil the view.
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So that giant levers only job is to put down the center stand?! very odd
your avatar is odd . . . for around here . . .
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Default Re: Triumph hardtail with centerstand?

The factory rigid Triumphs came with a rear stand that looks cool, but they have a tendency to walk- I let my '46 Tiger idle for a few minutes and came back to find it on the other side of the garage.

This is a pretty cool setup- it looks like a rear stand from a rigid Triumph modified to fit the front of the engine cradle. I've been wanting to do this, but those stands are getting tough to find, so I hate to cut one up unless I know it would work.



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Old 04-08-2012, 12:29 PM   #16
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On my 77 Bonnie I could rotate the bike in place with one leg of the center stand. An extremely useful and amusing feature that I lost when I went to the Bub exhaust.
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Hey Todd- that Triumph your building is insane. I don't think I've seen anyone do the sleeved tubing and angled seatpost like that but it looks awesome. Can't wait to see the final product.
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:57 PM   #18
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Thanks Pete, but I cant take credit for the frame. Lucas at TFMW sent it too me one day and just told me to build something cool out of it. I think he was bored one day. Its got some odd deminsions, and the sleaving make it out of place with a more traditional build. I was leaning towards a japanese/ race style contraption
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Default Re: Triumph hardtail with centerstand?

I used one on my old 500 unit triumph, had to cut it down to use it, Still hit in the corners......

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asin - i like it -since it is narrowed is it steady enough side to side ?
i took the center stand off my RD350 for weight reasons and i really miss it for working on the bike
It is actually really steady. If you wanted to do one with a little more surface width, you could curve it outside the frame rails. Just wouldn't be as clean.
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