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Thread: Hello to all, I am Charlie Griffin, Summerfield, N.C., Just bought an R 1200R.

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    Hello to all, I am Charlie Griffin, Summerfield, N.C., Just bought an R 1200R.

    The bike purchased is an R1200R, 2007 with 10k, and has been dealer lowered with HYPERPRO shocks and a shortened side stand.
    Being a Newbie, I need lots of help and all suggestions are much appreciated.
    Question??? Have any of the owners lowered the Center Stand and what are the steps in doing so?
    I have provision for cutting and welding, but concerned as to where it will hit on the exhaust.

    Made a maiden trip this past weekend to the N.C. mountains and travels down the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    The bike was a dream, and hopefully my riding skills will improve to the bikes level.
    Best Wishes to all,

    Charlie Griffin

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    Welcome to the forum Charlie

    Charlie - Welcome to the forum and congrats on your R1200R! You mentioned in your intro that the R1200R had been lowered and that the side stand had been shortened; did they not shorten the side stand enough?

    DesertBob

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBob View Post
    Charlie - Welcome to the forum and congrats on your R1200R! You mentioned in your intro that the R1200R had been lowered and that the side stand had been shortened; did they not shorten the side stand enough?

    DesertBob
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertBob View Post
    Charlie - Welcome to the forum and congrats on your R1200R! You mentioned in your intro that the R1200R had been lowered and that the side stand had been shortened; did they not shorten the side stand enough?

    DesertBob
    The bike was lowered as well as the side stand, but the side stand still seems too long. When placed on the side stand, the amount of lean ( angle ), is not enough to have a comfort level when parked. The shocks used for lowering are HYPERPRO, and I can see that they could be adjusted raising the bike a small amount,
    ( maybe 3/4 to 1 in. ) and still fit my height. Also the center stand is too long and unusable....What are your thoughts? I really appreciate your input.
    Charlie Griffin

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Centerstand!
    The Centerstand has not been shortened and is unusable.

    ???? Would you remove and not have one, or try to have it cut and welded?
    If I do that it appears it will hit the exhaust pipe.
    Appreciate your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Centerstand!
    The Centerstand has not been shortened and is unusable.

    ???? Would you remove and not have one, or try to have it cut and welded?
    If I do that it appears it will hit the exhaust pipe.
    Appreciate your help.

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    I have a 16 RT so it's a different bike but I also lowered it 1" with Tractive shocks from Beemershop. I initially cut off .75" from the side stand but decided that wasn't enough so took another .5" off for total of 1.25". Now I'm happy with it. Regarding the center stand, I initially left it stock but had a hard time getting it up if I had any luggage at all. I took off 1" right at the feet and didn't have any clearance issues. I'm really happy with the set up now. Of course you have a different bike. Have not had any lean angle clearance issues even while riding aggressively.
    Steve
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    Welcome to the forum!

    As a workaround for the center stand, you can use a modification of the way I get the bike higher for wheel removal. Line up three lengths of 2x6 lumber, each about 24" long. Roll the bike up on the wood so a wheel is on each of the end pieces. Kick out the center piece and deploy the center stand. (For my purposes, the end pieces are longer, the stand lands on the perpendicular center piece, which is just a few inches longer than the stand width, and I remove the end pieces after the bike is on the stand.)

    Not much help when you are away from the garage, but it is workable for storage and maintenance at home.
    Larry
    2006 R1200RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by chg2646@gmail.com View Post
    ...The bike was a dream, and hopefully my riding skills will improve to the bikes level.
    Best Wishes to all,

    Charlie Griffin
    Welcome to the forum, Charlie! Glad to have you among us. My experience is that your riding skills will NEVER improve enough to match the bike. Mine certainly have not. I do not believe any of us can be as good a rider as our bikes are machines. Simply learn all you can, practice all you can, obey the laws, and trust the bike when you get into trouble--it will compensate for most of your stupid human mistakes.

    Good luck.
    Royce
    On the coast of Kansas
    2012 F800ST

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    Could it be... the Charlie Griffin OH-58D long tabber I know from 2-17 Cav? 1997-1999ish
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 #364 #100
    BMW MOA Vice President

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebriar View Post
    I have a 16 RT so it's a different bike but I also lowered it 1" with Tractive shocks from Beemershop. I initially cut off .75" from the side stand but decided that wasn't enough so took another .5" off for total of 1.25". Now I'm happy with it. Regarding the center stand, I initially left it stock but had a hard time getting it up if I had any luggage at all. I took off 1" right at the feet and didn't have any clearance issues. I'm really happy with the set up now. Of course you have a different bike. Have not had any lean angle clearance issues even while riding aggressively.
    Thanks for the information, I will certainly use it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Could it be... the Charlie Griffin OH-58D long tabber I know from 2-17 Cav? 1997-1999ish
    Sorry, but another person....with a name like that, he must have been a great guy! Ha ha
    Best Wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by royce View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Charlie! Glad to have you among us. My experience is that your riding skills will NEVER improve enough to match the bike. Mine certainly have not. I do not believe any of us can be as good a rider as our bikes are machines. Simply learn all you can, practice all you can, obey the laws, and trust the bike when you get into trouble--it will compensate for most of your stupid human mistakes.

    Good luck.
    Great advise! It's not the Horse, must be the Rider.
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chg2646@gmail.com View Post
    Sorry, but another person....with a name like that, he must have been a great guy! Ha ha
    Best Wishes
    All the same, welcome to the forums.
    R. Reece Mullins Ebony R1200RT (Gretchen)
    MOA # 143779
    MOA Charter Club #5 #364 #100
    BMW MOA Vice President

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    Welcome to the club! And congrats on the new bike (perfect timing too)!!

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