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Warning: Bitter rant at Honda omitting a center stand option...
Be warned, this is nothing more than a rant born of frustration that Honda not only did not include a center stand on this bike, but they couldn't even find it in their hearts to add a couple mount points underneath to add an optional center stand for those that might want it. I, for one, would be happy to pay $100 to add an optional center stand. Even the regional tech at my dealer was puzzled why they would not even make it an option. Why does this piss me off?
Well, for starters, there is no threaded place on the swing arms to accept spools, so a stand which accomodates spools is out. So, today I figure "no problem," and I bought a stand with paddles, which rest under the swing arm. But when I placed the paddles just in front of the axle, Honda's montrously huge muffler hangs so low that it interferes completely with the right arm of the stand. No possible way to use it. I put a couple deep gouges in the paint on the bottom of the muffler before I figured out why it wasn't working. So I thought I'll move the paddles to just behind the axle, but then the left hub is too close to the swingarm, and the left paddle has nowhere to bite. So, then I looked into the few of those portable swingarm stands you can unfold and place under the right swingarm, so at least you can lift the rear for easier chain service. But alas, some models require a hollow axle for attachment, which the CBR has not. The others have a finger which reaches into the chain adjustment slot window, but the CBR has a solid depth gauge plate inside that slot which completely blocks such access.
I'm left to scratch my head and wonder, "How the bloody hell does Honda expect people to service their chains?" The only option I can think of now is spending ten times the money to have an ABBA stand shipped to me half way around the world, and having to pop off the swingarm caps and assemble that stand each time I want to do a clean and lube on the chain. Now that I'm done whining, has anybody in the US found a solution for this?