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SW-MOTECH Centerstand (Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, '04-'11)

$264.49 $195.49
SKU: HPS.05.257.100

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The must-have accessory for sport-touring! Greatly eases basic chain maintenance, tire changes, parking, and bike cleaning. Super-strong steel construction features typical German design and high engineering standards. Superb integration with the factory exhaust and sidestand components - retain all existing features without sacrificing lean angle or clearances.

All hardware needed to mount the centerstand included. Typically installs using basic hand tools. No welding, cutting, or drilling of existing frame or body parts required. Tough black powdercoated finish with some gray fittings or hardware as applicable. A double-retention spring is included as a safety feature to prevent the centerstand from contacting pavement if one of the two springs should fail during a ride. Designed to work with OEM components -- we cannot assure fit with aftermarket exhausts or other accessories.

Special Note: This centerstand does not fit the 2012- DL650. For the 2012 V-strom centersatnd please order HPS.05.764.10000.B.


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Technical Differences between SW-MOTECH's Centerstand and Suzuki's Centerstand for the V-Strom

Straight ahead ground clearance
SW-MOTECH and Germany's TUV (their version of the Department of Transportation) have tested the straight-ahead ground clearance of both centerstands with the suspension fully compressed. This test showed that SW-MOTECH's original version 1 centerstand has a minimum ground clearance of 62mm (2.44 inches), while the Suzuki stand had a minimum ground clearance of 85mm (3.35 inches). Neither centerstand touched the ground.

The test concluded that if the stock suspension was fully compressed while traveling straight-ahead on flat ground, neither centerstand could contact the ground. This test did not investigate ground clearance on uneven off-road surfaces.

Since the test, SW-MOTECH has revised their design and increased ground clearance by 8mm (0.31 inches), for a total minimum ground clearance of 70mm (2.75 inches). The difference between the minimum ground clearance using the Suzuki and SW-MOTECH centerstand is now 15mm (0.6 inches), the approximate diameter of a "pinkie" finger.

Most centerstands, regardless of manufacturer, do somewhat reduce ground clearance on most bikes. Use of any centerstand is not advisable if you have lowered either your front or rear suspension (or both). Lowering a bike also makes it more difficult to use a centerstand as it increases the amount of force required to lift the bike onto the stand.

Cornering clearance
SW-MOTECH and Germany's TUV (their version of the Department of Transportation) have tested the cornering angle clearance of both centerstands.

The test concluded that when turning to the left, the Suzuki centerstand is the first item to contact the ground, and thus limits cornering clearance.

The test concluded that SW-MOTECH's centerstand does not limit ground clearance when turning to the left or the right with a fully loaded bike, as original parts of the bike touched the ground before the SW-MOTECH centerstand.

It should be noted that version 2 of the SW-MOTECH centerstand was used in this test (the model with a chamfer, or angled cut, in the left side of the centerstand's bottom crossbar.

Width and on-stand stability
The Suzuki centerstand is slightly wider than SW-MOTECH's centerstand. This causes Suzuki's centerstand to limit cornering clearance and may contribute added stability to the Suzuki centerstand. That said, I've used SW-MOTECH's centerstand when installing/removing crashbars, fairing parts, gas tanks, and luggage systems on my personal V-Strom for 4 years and have never had the bike fall off the SW-MOTECH centerstand. Both the Suzuki and SW-MOTECH centerstand are stable enough for general maintenance use.

Ease of use
There have been no scientifically conducted tests that we know of comparing the force required to use either the Suzuki or the SW-MOTECH centerstand. While we do not have personal experience with the Suzuki stand, I have used the SW-MOTECH centerstand on a fully loaded DL1000 V-Strom with a full tank of gasoline and a maxed-out 3-case hard luggage system, and did not have difficulty extending or retracting the centerstand.

Note: outer retention spring has 15 coils and is approximately 54mm long (excluding hooks).

Special Note:We do not recommend installing centerstands on bikes with a lowered rear suspension because use on a lowered bike may result in:
  • ground clearance & cornering clearance problems, and
  • difficulty in lifting the lowered bike onto the centerstand.


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Customer Reviews
Review by Guest
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Great quality -- folds up neatly and easy to put the bike up on the stand. One minor issue: the upper allen head bolt on the exhaust side was impossible to reach to tighten. I replaced it with a hex head bolt and it worked fine. (Posted on 14-10-14)
Review by jmr
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I bought the centerstand to "complete" my 2011 650 Vstrom. I watched the video of the installation on the Twisted Throttle website and my installation went well. It took me about 45 minutes....be sure to mount the attachment side plates and the centerstand together at the same time, not one side at a time.

When it was done I decided to set the Vstrom on the centerstand and oil the chain. The video even showed the installer putting the motorcycle up on the centerstand after the installation was completed. I looked so simple!

To my surprise I initially was unable to "mobilize" my Vstrom onto the centerstand without fearing It was going to tip over from the upright position it requires to get it up on the centerstand. It wasn't that I didn't have good grip areas on the rear tail rack or front handlebar to get it upright. I just felt uneasy that it would tip over away from me.

My friend who also has a centerstand on his adventure bike came over and stood on the right side of my bike while I tried again to get it up on the centerstand with one fluid motion. What I discovered was that when I pushed down on the centerstand bar with my foot and swung the bike to the upright position I could feel the right and left pegs of the centerstand briefly stabilizing the bike enough that I could easily then pull the bike up onto the centerstand without fearing it would tip over. It took a few times to get the motion and the smoothness down but it now is routine. The key thing to remember is that once you have your foot firmly down on the centerstand bar and you push your bike to the upright position it will NOT tip over away from you. (Posted on 14-07-31)
Review by Anonymous
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Great service, both by phone and online, fast delivery, products perform and install as advertised, (Posted on 14-07-07)
Review by Anonymous
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I bought this centerstand for my '07 wee strom so that I could work on oil changes and chain maintenance without an external stand. This was money well spent - the installation was very easy to understand (although a bit finicky), and the stand works great. Despite being a taller bike than some of my old vintage machines, it's really easy to get the bike up on the stand, and when not in use it doesn't seem to interfere with ground clearance that I would need. This basically looks like a stock piece, and I would absolutely recommend putting this on as a first order of business after buying a Wee. (Posted on 14-07-07)
Review by Darin
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I was able to install this very easily (20 minutes) and it works really well. The instructions were easy to follow. Don't forget to buy grease, locktight and have your torque wrench available. (Posted on 13-06-22)
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