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Multistrada 1200S Touring Centre Stand Modification

See also: Lifting your MTS1200 on to the centre stand (techniques)
+ Centrestand Vs Side Stand? (Ducati.ms forum discussion)

See also: Multistrada 1200 Centre Stand Removal / Fitting
 

Shortening the Multistrada 1200 standard Ducati centre stand foot lever

Update 01Jul2010 - a slightly more involved but imo very neat version of the centerstand modification, see below.

Update 13Jan2011 - a very simple and truly DIY alternative method

.....before anyone else decides to cut their stand apart...visit your dealer and put in a claim on your current center stand. There is a "fix" coming, but only for those that complain about the current stand.

This isn't a 'DIY' modification in the true sense as you'll need welding skills and access to welding equipment!

There's a potention design flaw with the OE Ducati Multistrada centre stand that is frustrating for some riders. If you ride with the balls of your feet or toes on the pegs or even if you ride flat footed but have large feet, the heel or your boots can hit the arm of the centre stand (Italians must have tiny feet! lol). The solution is to have the length of the pivot arm reduced.

A picture makes the modification obvious....image from 'Photoshop' images posted by Ducati.MS member Borracho (Chris K), thanks again Chris!

Multistrada 1200 centre stand modification - fix for heel hitting stand

By Ducatisti.co.uk member Andy Wilson 13Jun2010
For those who have the touring version of the Multistrada 1200, or who have purchased a centrestand for their 'Sport' if, like me, you use the ball of your feet on the pegs when riding, you will no doubt be catching the heel of your boot on the centrestand (I wear a size 9 boot ) 
I have cut off a 50mm piece of the upstand tube off and had it re-welded (see photos)
my boot no longer catches and there is no difference in lifting the bike onto the centre stand.

Modified Multistrada 1200 Touring centre stand

All I have done is cut a 50mm section out of the vertical tube (where you put your foot on to push the stand down) thus leaving the plate on top intact.
Taking the stand off was very easy 2 bolts and a double spring (one small spring inside a larger spring). A local engineering company did the work for me took them 20 minutes and charged me a fiver. I then primed and painted it myself - no idea why they make them so long the test riders must wear size 4 boots!!

Modified Multistrada 1200 Touring centre stand

Hope this helps anyone else who had this little annoyance, this has been the only fault I have had with the bike and now it is perfect in every way :-)

Update 01Jul2010 - a slightly more involved but imo very neat version of the centerstand modification: Ducati.MS / AshOnBikes member 'PDM' / 'pdm-dk' (aka Pete)

1000 km service done, and it's pouring down for the next week.......this was the first MTS that has been serviced in Denmark and Denmark is low priority for Ducati, so everything was new for the mechanic. Luckily he had done tons of 1098 and 1198's so it was not a big problem.

He had heard of the problems with the centerstand and heard it from his German colleagues as well so he offered to fix the centerstand while I waited.

First he cut off the the entire arm, cut it down and spotwelded it back on for a test. I sat on the bike to test clearance, also while standing up, as in doing some offroad. I said it was ok, but he wasn't satisfied. So next he cut off the reinforcing crossbar at both ends, cut off some more of the arm and rewelded it all.....and painted it for me! The result is fantastic. Even though it's quite a bit shorter, I can still easily get the bike up on the centerstand. Best thing is, they did it for free!!

I use the luggage-rack grab rail for pulling the bike onto the stand, not the small handle, and just put my foot on the centerstand and pull the machine backwards. It's not like it's hard, but I have to pull a bit harder now. Still one of the easiest bikes to get on the centerstand I have owned.

Multistrada 1200 center stand with shortened lever arm

Modified Multistrada 1200 centerstand

Multistrada 1200 - fixed / modified stand and no boot heel contact :-)

Larger versions of the photos above plus additional shots here

Update 13Jan2011 - Cheapo Centerstand fix by Ducati.ms member 'DucButter'

My size 12 left foot just couldn't handle it anymore. So I spent 5 minutes with a cutoff grinder and $1.99 for for some rubber chair leg bottoms.

I can still have it welded someday by a pro, but I just couldn't wait.

No problem accessing the stand with your foot now. It does take a bit more effort to hump it up the stand. I don't miss that P.O.S. arm. I guess all of Ducati test riders have tiny feet.

Comment by 'Kawtipping'...before anyone else decides to cut their stand apart...visit your dealer and put in a claim on your current center stand. There is a "fix" coming, but only for those that complain about the current stand.

 

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