Rivco Center Stand

britman

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Did I imagine it (**** drugs from the 60's) or was it posted somewhere on this site that Rivco was coming out with a center stand for the R/3. I see the ignition relocation switch has hit the maket, anybody tried it?
 

dougl

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Did I imagine it (**** drugs from the 60's) or was it posted somewhere on this site that Rivco was coming out with a center stand for the R/3. I see the ignition relocation switch has hit the maket, anybody tried it?

I ordered one. It's supposed to be available in May.
 

PianoMan

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When You Find Out....... Let Me Know

I've almost ordered the center stand on two occasions. Then I keep trying to figure out where would be a suitable lift point on the back of the Rocket. The mechanics were looking for one at the dealership last week and no one felt there was a strong enough lift point ...... let alone the muscle it would take to pull the R3 up and back onto the stand.

Any suggestions or ideas?
 

Molinoman

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Lifting onto centerstand

PianoMan brings up a good point. On the Wing you have a centerstand with the lift handle on the side of the passenger portion of the seat. The Wing is designed that even a very light in weight (notice I didn't say lightweight...I'm sure I would have caught grief for that) female can bring the Wing (at 800+ lbs...supposedly with fuel in the tank) up on the centerstand.
On the Rocket, even though it is not as heavy as the Wing, there does not appear to be a good "balance" point designed into the bike that you can grab "something" and pull up on that centerstand.
Would be very interested to hear from the first couple of "sacrificial lambs" out there that have ordered this to find out how difficult (or easy) this will be to accomplish.
I hope it does work easily enough as I might be springing for one eventually myself.
Dennis
20 dtg!
 

rusty

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We shot some video of the use of my centerstand (the one I concocked) and, if I can ever figure it out, will post on "YouTube" so you can see how it works. My latest addition, a removable extention handle, makes setting the Rocket up square "extremely" simple ;). The only drawback is the fact that you need to kneel down beside the bike on both sides to attach it in place to the bike frame as a start (sorry Pianoman). If many of you recall, my stand stays at home & doesn't get to go for a Rocket ride.

Then there is this potential "Patent" thing going on. Maybe I should wait til that is straightened out. I was hoping to bring it along when we (Kansas City Riders Group) got together to work on the Rockets. Oh well, sometimes a good thing is best left secret, although I did share the idea with another Captain. Shhhh, don't tell.

See ya.
 

TonyMac

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For those considering installing a Rivco centerstand the following maybe of interest to you:-

I installed a Rivco centerstand on my Valkyrie. It was of good quality and relatively easy to fit.

It made filling the gas tank to the max, checking fluid levels and cleaning the rear wheel a breeze. I was also able to remove the rear wheel but only because the Valkyrie rear fender was in two parts and the rear section could be removed prior to removing the wheel.

I have yet to remove the rear wheel on my RIII, but I can't help wonder if the Rivco centerstand will lift the rear wheel high enough to remove the rear wheel without having to remove the rear fender.

On the Valkyire with the centerstand in place you could not use a bike lift.
 

Baggage1

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I'm with Pianoman on this, having just enough rear end to maneuver the beast off the kick stand and occasionally back it up out of a space I know I don't have what it would take to get it up on that centerstand period. My 650 was precarious enough. I think I'll be content to drag out my 65.00 Harbor Freight motorcycle jack.
 

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