Courtesy of John Abbott


Where to start?

I wanted a center stand, permanently mounted, in addition to the side stand.(2005 Vulcan 1600 Nomad)

First I studied the underside, as the Catalyser had been removed to fit the V&H Exhaust, some space was now available. How could I mount it? I decided that a good place to anchor it would be the "Cross Tube" above the oil filter(see photo 01).

Photo #1

I needed the stand to pivot at a point which would avoid contacting other items like the exhaust crossover pipe work. It became clear to me that the stand would need to be in two parts. I designed the first sectionto clamp around the cross tube and move the pivot/swing point to a more acceptable position (see photos 16 and 17).

Photo #16

Photo #17.

This part was made by machining a tube, splitting it in two, welding one half to a section of steel which was then welded to another heavier bar, the other side was welded to a narrow section of steel. The second half of the machined tube then had a narrow section of steel welded on each side. Holes were drilled to permit the two pieces of the split tube to be pulled together, clamping on the cross tube (see photo 05).

Photo #5

Because the cross tube is not on the centre line of the bike, the section of steel joining the split tube to the heavy bar was machined to off-set the heavy bar to one side. Webs were welded between the two ends to eliminate flexing.

I now turned my attention to the second section. This was to be a pair of legs to pivot on section one andcontact the ground. The legs would have feet which were adjustable, this would allow for a wide tolerance to "just" lift the bike, or lift by a higher amount. This second section was made from tube. At one end, a solid section was machined and welded into position to attach to the first section, the other end was fitted with a threaded insert, welded in position, to attach the feet. Two cross tubes were welded between the legs to avoid flexing and to maintain the correct distance between them (see photo 19).

Photo #19

The second section is attached to the first by two shoulder bolts which "bottom" before contacting to allow the second section to swing freely, but not move much side to side (see photo 15).

Photo #15

A single section of steel was welded to section one to act as a stop when the stand was raised to the rest position (see photo 17).

Photo #17

Another assembly was welded to section one to act as a stop for the stand when lowered to the ground(see photo 18).

This needed to be of heavier construction due to the weight acting upon it.

Photo #18


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