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The 901 is my first big bike, I've ridden 250 - 400 cc enduros my whole life. My question is whether I need a center stand.
I'm looking at the AXP skid plate like Jack's but need to decide center stand or not. Do you need a center stand for a big bike for tire changes and stuff? I've just tossed my previous bikes including DRZ up on a foot operated lift but this bike is 100 lbs. heavier. And words of advice?

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I’ve fitted mine with the spools to go with a Pit Bull track stand for garage use. If you’re riding longer distances, multiple days, you might appreciate having the center stand for chain maintenance on the road. I’m leaving it with just the side stand for now. I also have fitted the AXP skid plate and don't know if there is any recommendation from AXP about using a jackstand under it. They are responsive to questions, fyi.

The 901 is my first big bike, I've ridden 250 - 400 cc enduros my whole life. My question is whether I need a center stand.
I'm looking at the AXP skid plate like Jack's but need to decide center stand or not.
 

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Oem centre stand is very light and stays put over jumps etc. it doesn’t hinder the use of the bike and makes bike cleaning and chain maintenance much easier. Its a no brainier as far as I’m concerned. Only negative I have with it is the lever step is too close to the ground when the bike is on the stand, which means when you push down on the rear of the bike to lift the front wheel (with assistance), or if the ground is uneven, it touches the ground and has chipped off the paint on the rear edge.
 

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Oem centre stand is very light and stays put over jumps etc. it doesn’t hinder the use of the bike and makes bike cleaning and chain maintenance much easier. Its a no brainier as far as I’m concerned. Only negative I have with it is the lever step is too close to the ground when the bike is on the stand, which means when you push down on the rear of the bike to lift the front wheel (with assistance), or if the ground is uneven, it touches the ground and has chipped off the paint on the rear edge.
Thanks to all for the input and advise. I think I'll go with the center stand for all reasons mentioned. Jumps?? This old body is past any "airtime".

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Skip the center stand the bike is not that heavy. I use a cheap lift on mine to change tires etc. Get a light weight emergency/trail side stand to put in your bags if you want. Don't weigh down this great bike!!! Keep it simple, less stuff to break or cause problems out on the road and trail.
 

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The centerstand weighs very little. The weight couldn't be lower on the bike. Centerstand is pretty simple too, nothing highly technical about it to fail.
I ride 1000+ mile days pretty regularly. Pushing a bike around a parking lot lubing a chain is not fun. I ran my 890 Adventure for a year without a center stand and yeah I can do it but I rather make things easy on myself.
 

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The centerstand weighs very little. The weight couldn't be lower on the bike. Centerstand is pretty simple too, nothing highly technical about it to fail.
I ride 1000+ mile days pretty regularly. Pushing a bike around a parking lot lubing a chain is not fun. I ran my 890 Adventure for a year without a center stand and yeah I can do it but I rather make things easy on myself.
Center stands don't weigh very little in my experience. And If you are doing high mileage then you are riding almost 100% road so a center stand is not going to get in the way in ruts or flop around on rough terrain which it would especially on a lower bike. Are you doing Iron Butt rallies or just pounding slab? 1000 mile days are not so easy, what are you doing about wind protection and I'd love to hear where you are going? I've done several 3000+ mile, 100 hour trips (my BMW 1200RT) and my biggest mileage trip was 2300 miles in 50 hours (Triumph Tiger 955i) but that damn near shattered me. Used to do some Iron Butt Rallies until a guy I was riding with was killed (overshot a tight corner in SW Colorado, I thought he rode away from me, helicopter located the bike and body a few days later). How many miles on the Norden then?

You can easily lube chain with a trail/emergency jack stand as well. And there is a big debate on needed chain maintanence but that's for another thread maybe.
 

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No off road for me I ride paved roads and unpaved roads that's about it.

No rallies not my thing but many IBA rides including 50CC in 44h01m (FJR). More of a point to point rider. Like to do silly stuff like ride from Wisconsin to Maine and back for a lobster. Going Wisconsin to Massachusetts or South Dakota and back next week. One day out, one day there, one day home. Haven't decided which one yet, see what the weather is. Run the slab until I get bored then run secondary roads for a while then back to the slab. 1000 mile days ARE easy if you stay on the slab, harder mixing 50/50 with secondary roads. Best part about the 890 Adventure and Norden is it makes you want to find fun secondary roads.

Norden has not so many miles on it due to being tackled by a deer. I'm supposed to have it back first week in August. Did a couple 1000+ days on my 890 Adventure last summer, actually enjoyed it more than many other bikes I've used. Just have a wind deflector on the stock shield and it's fine. I realized as the day/miles go on the lighter bike is easier and less stressful especially at stops. Also have a '20 1290 SA that is good for miles. Had an RT for 3 months and 10K miles, great bike, I hated it!

Chain maintenance yeah that rates up there with tire and oil threads. I have my system, pretty quick and easy and I get good chain life.
 
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