$0.15 Center stand on $32000 bike!??
I rode in to work this morning, and at the intersection with hwy6 about a mile from home I went through the same 'dip' as always--it's a bit more than is comfortable at speed, but the light is never green, so it's just a bump in the road and not at all what I'd call jarring or severe by any stretch of imagination. So, other side of the intersection and the bike sounds horrible; scraping, bumping, clanging, just god-awful noises. So I quickly pulled over and checked things out. After a few minutes I realized my center stand is on the ground, dragging. A quick look shows how the double-springs are *supposed* to be holding it up, but I'm on the side of the road sans- springs. The small metal plate they attach to, thankfully, was still dangling from its post, so I flipped around and bang-clang-danged my way back to the house.
I found a couple of identical (to each other) springs which I bought years ago for some project, and they're probably a tiny bit shorter or stiffer than stock. But since the factory ones bounced right off at the first invitation I think they'll do fine until I get to the dealer and get the proper springs back on.
Anyone else had issues with the springs on the center stand? Anyone using other than stock springs/setups? My duct-tape-n-bailing-wire solution will hold for a day or so I'm sure, but having stronger springs on it now has me worried maybe I'll end up pulling through the metal link (it has to be steel, not aluminum right?), or the post it keyholes onto? Would love to know if this is a fluke for my own enjoyment or a general weakness that I haven't heard about?
I'm sure this bump wasn't the only cause since I know I've hit a couple bumps/potholes that were actually deserving of their names in the past few months. So this morning was just a convenient time for me to learn about this (maybe) weakness in the design. Still, having the ultimate bike with such a ridiculous 'first failure' has me rather... 'rattled'.