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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?
 

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I remove my muffler really quick with my swing arm stand. due to a bolt wanting to hit muffler. really easy takes less than a minute to have tire off ground, just a idea since you have the swing arm stand already.
Center stand was nice on my Kz 750 i had, but not appropriate for a sport bike, just my thought
 

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Pitbull rear stand. The universal or the spool version works if you get some after market spools. I recommend the Sato ones from a design stand point. I have the yoshi and they don't work well for adjusting the chain while supported by the spools.
 

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I use a piece of wood (2X4). Long enough to place it under the right part of the swing arm right behind the rear axle. Take a hammer and tap the bottom and lift the wheel off the ground, or, if you are strong enough just lift the arm with one hand and slip the wood block in place. Get the tire a half inch off the ground and you can rotate the wheel for your chain lube.

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I just put the trolley jack under the suspension linkage on the side stand
untill my Sato spools arrive.

Or you could get a wheel dolly.. so many options.
 

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Just went through this with a friend's 1982 GPZ750 that weighs almost 500 lbs.
He delivered it with a swingarm stand only. I find they are useless for anything except chain lubing. They are are actually race/pit stands, to park it between track sessions. The lift point is so far back that you need another stand to lift the front.
I sent him of to the wreckers to find a centre stand and bolts.
With that in place I was able to support the front of the frame with 2 jackstands. I had the wheel, brakes, forks, and steering head off the front, the rear wheel, brakes, shocks and swingarm removed from the back at the same time.
Like I said - it weighs almost 500 lbs. I was able to do all of it by myself, and I am old and scrawny:(.
That is why I like centrestands.
 

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I just put the trolley jack under the suspension linkage on the side stand
That's what I do to lube the chain. As stated in R100's previous post, you can do so much more with a centre stand though. I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet, and get an Abba stand. It's the only type of stand that comes near to a centre stand.

Motorcycle Stands - Abba Stands, UK

They don't list a fitting kit for the CBR 250R, but I've sent them an email asking if another kit will do the trick.
 

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I cut a couple of pieces of 3/4" ply wood to fit on top of the paddles. The extra height allows the stand to clear the muffler. I drilled holes to secure the blocks to the paddle with a sheet metal screw. I don't know of any sport bikes that come with center stands these days. A real pain when you are travelling.
 

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Pit Bull stands work well with zero interference.
I have a front & rear that lifts both ends with no problem. They make tire removal a snap.

I know center stands are a handy but this bike was marketed as a sportbike with quick nimble handling so I can see why there isn't one. Nothing drags on the ground more than a center stand.
Except maybe a Sportster's exhaust pipes :D
 

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So even with the rattling, the occasional stalls when you downshift, and no center stand, if you can go back in time, would you still choose the CBR250R over the Ninja 250R?
 

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Maybe one of these 250's has centrestand? dont recall seeing one-

Balius
Ninja zx2r
ZZR250
GPX250
Ninja EX250R
KR250
KR-1S
Suzuki TU250
Suzuki Across
Suzuki Bandit
Suzuki GSXR250
Suzuki Katana 250
Suzuki RG250
Suzuki RGV250
Yamaha FZR250
Yamaha Zeal
Yamaha RZ250
Yamaha TZR250
Yamaha SRV250
Honda VTR250
Honda VT250 Spada
Honda CBR250RR (Babyblade)
Honda NSR250
Whoflung GT250
Whoflung GT250R

And our 2011 CBR250 also does not have one... anyone see a pattern here?

And if it did .... just imagine all the 'Removing centrestand' threads haha.
 
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