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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:58 pm 
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I'll start by saying I have absolutely no issue with putting Forza on its center stand. Its what I always use when I park. Now because of the type of cover I got for the bike the use of side stand would be highly desirable. My parking lot does have slight incline which could be addressed by putting bike on a wood slab that was evened out so the slab will keep bike straight. The problem is I am not sure how strong is Forza side stand? Logic says it's ok but I had smaller scoot before where side stand use was a sure way to drop a bike. That's why I am so good with center stand use. But, side stand (if safe) is what I would like to use now. If it is strong enough, should I get a shoe for it to prevent sliding? I am talking not just parking to run into a store but say winter storage parking? What do you all think?


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I'll start by saying I have absolutely no issue with putting Forza on its center stand. Its what I always use when I park. Now because of the type of cover I got for the bike the use of side stand would be highly desirable. My parking lot does have slight incline which could be addressed by putting bike on a wood slab that was evened out so the slab will keep bike straight. The problem is I am not sure how strong is Forza side stand? Logic says it's ok but I had smaller scoot before where side stand use was a sure way to drop a bike. That's why I am so good with center stand use. But, side stand (if safe) is what I would like to use now. If it is strong enough, should I get a shoe for it to prevent sliding? I am talking not just parking to run into a store but say winter storage parking? What do you all think?



Centre stand is much better especially in the wind if the bike is covered.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:41 pm 
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Ok, where is the bike parked? What country? Inside? Outside? Wind sheltered? Snow? Hot or cold?

I have been using the side stand for a couple of years with no problems. I have a Canadian Forza with no American parking brake. I have to use intelligence on deciding where to park the Forza. I give it a little push to see if it will slide downhill sometimes.

My centre stand was squeaking so I disassembled it and put lots of grease in it. I greased the side stand while I was at it.

It is 2.4C right now. A few days from now is predicted to get above my 5C riding limit. I will have to stay at lower elevations and short distances. Gas is 136.9 CDN per litre and my 4x4 is going to bankrupt me.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:53 pm 
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I am in US. I am using Bike Shield cover. It has a frame and is a **** to assemble. It does provide better coverage than regular cover. Problem is it does not quite fit Forza unless you move it towards Forza after Forza is on centerstand. It would be fine if Forza was on its side stand. You know it moves backwards couple of inches when you put it on centerstand and that is what causes the problem. The parking space is asphalt. There is somewhat of an incline. I think it can be leveled. I just dont know how strong side stand is, else I would be using it. Right now I only use it to mount the bike (I am short), can't reach ground when it's in a center stand.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:26 pm 
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I've used the side stand exclusively (with the exception of gas fill-ups) for two seasons. I have no concerns, except in really hot weather when I use a bit of 1/8" plywood to keep from putting a hole in the asphalt and thus toppling the scoot.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:49 pm 
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Thank you. I will be storing bike outside under Bike Shield cover. I will try to manuver the scooter some more to try and keep it on centerstand because I expect wind in the winter will be more intense but if I manage to secure it adequately on side stand- that would be ideal


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:29 pm 
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We lack a garage, so the bike gets parked outside all year long. The previous scoot was a Wing (6 cylinder, 1800cc), and for that I bought a large Cycle Shell. This is now where I park the Forza (divide previous specs by 6 each). I always park it on the side stand. The only time I use the center stand is for gas fill-ups. When I run the teenager to/from school, we both mount the bike while it is on its side stand. When the wife & I go out for a night on the town, we both mount the bike while it is on its side stand. Right now, the Forza is underneath the Cycle Shell, on its side stand and protected from the squirrel piss raining down out of the pecan tree that looms over the north side of our house and driveway.

Because I often find myself parking on soft terrain (e.g., on my weekly trips to the in-town farm for eggs, veggies, shrooms, &c.), I did get a larger foot for the side stand. What I bought was one of these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-CNC-Kickstand-Side-Stand-Pad-for-Honda-CBR250R-2010-2013-FORZA-300-2013-2015-/182246205365
I added some silicone caulk to the thing when I installed it, so it will never rattle or come loose.

I trust the side stand. And I use it far more often than I use the center stand. It’s sturdy. It can take whatever you give it.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:10 pm 
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When I moved to Hope I had a few essentials on my new place.

They had to take my inherited poodle, he had all the money for a while.

They had to take me, under 55 is hard to get a place around here. I lied about my age for two years.

And I had to have a place to park a motorcycle or two. My 10 by 12 metal shed only has a 2014 Honda Forza 300 in it right now.

I bought a lottery ticket today. If I win, my next place needs to have room for many motorcycles.


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