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Offline PoppaT

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Center Stand too long?
« on: August 05, 2019, 01:57:17 pm »
I just purchases and am re-habing a 1973 CB500Four.  The centerstand is WAAAY too long, making it nearly impossible to back the bike up on the stand.  I suspect a prior owner either changed it or my rims/tires are not original specs.  Can another owner measure his/her center stand and let me know how long it is from pivot to floor?   Would be much appreciated.

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Re: Center Stand too long?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2019, 02:30:12 pm »
It should look like the one in the attached picture.
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Re: Center Stand too long?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2019, 05:41:48 pm »
Could also be swapped out shocks that made it sit lower to the ground, making it seem like the center stand is too long. I don't think there is a lot of compatability netween models on center stands due to different exhaust shapes, etc.

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Re: Center Stand too long?
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2019, 08:25:33 am »
The easy trick for at home  take a piece of 1x4 or 2x4..  roll rear wheel up on it, then use the centrestand.. easy.

Use a piece about 8 to 12 inches long.
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Re: Center Stand too long?
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2019, 04:19:49 pm »
thanks for the quick replies.  My stand looks exactly like the pic above, but it is waay too long.  It measures 13.5 inches from top of pivot to floor.   
I tried rolling the back tire up on a 2x4.  In fact TWO 2x4s were still not high enough.  I ended up just taking it off altogether. ..which makes oiling the chain a bit more problematic.

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Re: Center Stand too long?
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2019, 06:10:30 pm »
oops!  Just realized I posted this question in the wrong place.   Apologies from this site newbie.     

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Re: Center Stand too long?
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2019, 06:12:38 pm »
thanks for the quick replies.  My stand looks exactly like the pic above, but it is waay too long.  It measures 13.5 inches from top of pivot to floor.   
I tried rolling the back tire up on a 2x4.  In fact TWO 2x4s were still not high enough.  I ended up just taking it off altogether. ..which makes oiling the chain a bit more problematic.

stock shocks?