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Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Center Stand
Review and Installation
by Rick K. for
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The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand accessory is another very nicely made part
and it’s a perfect fit on the bike.
Just like the Suzuki GW250
center stand (review), the V-Strom kit is easy to install with only
an 8 mm hex wrench and a torque wrench required.
Installing the return springs is tricky however, but I have a tip on
Also like the GW250, the V-Strom was designed for a center stand and the
parts are an exact fit.
This is a welcome evolution and long overdue; too many motorcycles
still don’t have a bolt-on center stand option from the factory.
The V-Strom is a pretty hefty bike and it’s much taller than the
GW250, but the Suzuki center stand kit has the right leverage.
All it
takes is a strong press on the foot lever to lift the bike up on to the
stand. You’ll need about 150 or so pounds minimum of body weight though
to do it!

A center stand is
a very useful accessory, especially for normal maintenance like a chain
lube or oil change. The Suzuki center stand kit has a list price of
$284.95, which seems about $100.00 more than it should be, but I guess
I’m still living in the past.
For a tall bike like the V-Strom, a center stand can help a “height
challenged” owner (like me) climb on board. A good example of that would
be the Suzuki DR650 (blog).
I installed an

SW-Motech center stand kit (review) on that bike and it’s a good
thing I did, because putting the bike on the stand was about the only
way I could swing my leg over the panniers and get seated.
The V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand kit is actually very easy to
install…other than mounting the return springs, which took me a couple
of hours to figure out. But, I have a tip for you on that.
The instructions that come with the Suzuki kit are very thorough, but
I’ll walk you through the process in the photos below>

parts included in the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand kit.

Tools Required
Because Suzuki designed the V-Strom 1000 ABS for a center stand, the
installation is easy and can be accomplished by anyone
with basic tools and general mechanical knowledge about motorcycles.
All you need is an 8 mm Allen wrench, although an 8 mm hex socket on
an extension with a ratchet works best. You’ll also need a torque wrench
and a screwdriver comes in handy to lever the springs into place (see
Suzuki specifies their “Super Grease A” or equivalent; in my case,
the equivalent is the excellent

Tri-Flow Clear Synthetic Grease (review) with Teflon, which is good stuff; waterproof and a bit
sticky, so it stays in place.

Here’s the left-hand side of the bike showing the stock mounting bracket

Install the center stand bracket
with two bolts but don’t tighten the bolts.
TIP: Install the rubber stop in the bracket BEFORE you
install the bracket on the bike — it’s much easier!

Right side stock mounting bracket with overflow hoses in holder.

Install the right side center stand mounting bracket
with two bolts but don’t tighten the bolts.

Grease the bushings and slide them into the center stand holders. Grease the inside and outside of the holders.

Slide the center stand into the new brackets and loosely insert the third bolt on each side.
Torque to specs (36 ft. lbs.).

Center stand from the right side with the third bolt inserted.
Torque to specs. Note old parts on the floor.

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Installing the Springs: The distance is shortest if the center stand is folded all the way up.
I used a cable tie to hold the stand up by threading the tie through the foot on the left-hand side of the bike.

TIP: I twisted a coat hanger into a small loop, then looped it around the spring hook, then used a screwdriver
to lever the hook on to the spring post. Note the spring hooks have
a specific direction for installation as noted in the center stand

Here’s a close-up of leveraging the spring hook on to the post. I cut the coat hanger wire and removed it on each side
after the spring was correctly installed.

You’re done!

Here’s the V-Strom on the center stand.

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Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Center Stand

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The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS center stand is very easy to install,
although the list price of $284.95 is well over twice the cost of the
GW250 center stand kit, which lists for $115.95. But, the V-Strom kit
makes up for it because it’s even easier to install.
Either way, it’s a very well made piece that adds a lot of utility to
the bike and I can highly recommend the option.
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 Posted on : May 19, 2014