Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
I am lusting after a center-stand now. I live in an apartment so I sometimes travel to a family member's garage to do more intense work, like an oil change. And that means first I drive there with my truck to drop off my stands. Then I ride the bike over. It would surely be nice to able to do basic maintenance without having to make two trips. Similarly, when my stands are at home they are generally on my balcony. Which means I need to haul them outside and back for [easier] chain maintenance. Whereas a center stand should allow you to do it, and even do it out on the road. I think that a center stand makes better sense. I cannot speak to ground clearance, but quite a few people do have center stands. You can wait for more replies, or search the boards for previous posts to get some guidance on that.
I imagine you'd still want a proper set of stands if you're going to be removing the rear wheel, but I imagine it can be done if you're desperate with just the center-stand... Probably best of both worlds is having both if money isn't too much of a problem.
Spools are weird for this bike. I don't think the swingarm supports normal spools, and so people generally buy stands that lift from the swingarm instead of spools (mine are from Pit Bull). It works for maintenance, but it's not as secure as spools would be so you probably don't want to leave the bike on the stands for prolonged periods. There are also some funky spools that are mounted to the axle or something like that. In general, the spool options aren't ideal so it's up to you what you prefer... I went with a swingarm stand and it has served me well enough.
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2013 Honda CBR500R (Millennium Red) (Completely stock)
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