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Jim  Listowich
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Hi all.

Purchased a Hepco Becker center stand for my 2021 T 700. Assembly was straight forward. Fit is excellent BUT the chain touches the stand when it is up.

I have checked the install ( emailed pics to Moto machines where it was puchased) all looks good. I can't see how it could be installed incorrectly as it will only fit in one place. Has anyone else had this problem? Would love feed back before I remove it.

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Hey, Jim

 

I have a HB stand as well. When I installed it, I noticed that it was very close to the chain when it was up with the bike on the side stand. It bugged me as well.

 

Have you looked at the chain and center stand with a rider's weight on the bike? It doesn't connect with the center stand when I do that, and any significant bumps on rough terrain would bring the chain farther from the center stand when the chain is under tension. I just went out to the garage after seeing your message. After over a thousand miles of riding on road and off, I can see no evidence that the chain is leaving any marks on the center stand - meaning that it's not connecting with it while riding. I'm not worried about it, even with the relatively slack chain tension I prefer running.

 

I hope that helps.

 

Dave

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Thanks Dave

 

I have not checked it with weight. Will check it that way. I did tighten the chain and it did not change much, I don't want to run a tight chain either.

My driveway is still covered with ice so no road test yet.

Jim

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I mounted the OEM Main stand.  It is very sturdy and supports the bike well but it tends to bounce and rattle when I'm offroad.  On my last trip I found myself tying it up with rope to the passenger peg mounts.  Any better solution?

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I just mounted the OEM Center Stand as my first accessory. Before installing the springs it seemed like there was 1-2mm of side play, which I thought could contribute to rattling so  I shimmed the space with an appropriately sized washer to get the gap under 1mm. Weighed the whole kit on a bathroom scale at 10-lbs. It didn't feel that heavy in hand and a bathroom scale is not very accurate at that end of the range. 4 bolts are replaced, the rest of the hardware is added.

 

As for the installation process, took me a couple of hours, but I'm slow and don't have nifty tools like spring puller or bike lift/stand. The kit was complete and the instructions are orderly and illustrated but far from overly thorough. The job isn't hard but some mechanical aptitude is required.

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I've decided not to go the center stand route and just add this bike jack to the garage tool collection.. 

 

100 euro home delivered. 

 

lifts more than high enough for the T7 and is surprisingly sturdy and balanced.  even though it feels kinda flimsy it does the job. 

 

couldn't bare the thought of having something slap around and rattle while riding... 

 

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A bike jack is handy for home use. I use one for my non-center stand equipped bikes, both of which have cradle frames and high-mount exhaust header pipes. The Ténéré 700 Owner's Manual (page 7-36) has the bold-font "Notice: Do not lift the motorcycle from under the skid plate or by the frame sub-members." It is quite specific about how to lift the T7 with a motorcycle jack, which in short, involves removing the cowling and using pieces of wood for support. Examining the cowling, exhaust pipes routing, and the non-load bearing sub-frame, I see why these precautions are necessary. All that negates the convenience of using a bike jack on the T7.

 

Since a bike jack is a garage-only tool, for multi-day/multi-week trips I carry Enduro Star Trail Stands on my dual sport bikes. They're portable but sketchy to use.  They lean the bike to the left which is unfriendly for chain maintenance. Having used them for front and rear flat repair (tube replacement) in the field, they've earned their keep. My Super Ténéré came with a center stand and I use it a lot, can't say that I've ever heard it clang around. Between the experience of a center stand equipped bike, the requirement of chain maintenance on the T7, and not wanting to use a trail stand on a 450+ lb bike, a center stand was my top priority accessory for the T7.

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I have one NIB that came with my purchase, I wonder if the Yamaha dealer would let me return it for a refund?  I didn’t want the adventure pkg when I bought it 6 hrs away, but the dealer said it was a package deal when it was ordered?  I’m happy with the crash bars and luggage so far, but don’t want the extra weight and noise when I’m running dirt.

 When I installed my crash bars and luggage frame I used a ratchet strap over head attached to the rear pegs to lift it off the ground.  I can see the stand being handy if I was going over the road on a journey  but It was more of a fun “dirt bike” before I added all the extra weight! 

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Has anyone here tried the T-Rex Racing adjustable center stand?  I doubt I'd ever need the adjustable height, but it is less expensive than other options.  I'm thinking about getting it when my T7 (hopefully) arrives at the end of the month.  I'm not a fan of the longer than needed bolts, but it would be easy enough to cut off the excess length.

 

https://www.t-rex-racing.com/2020-Yamaha-Tenere-700-Center-Stand-p/n77-7cs.htm

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