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After cafenating my 82 CX500 Shadow (aka Standard), the bike ended up much lower than where it started.
As a result, the side-stand kept the bike way too upright, and the centre-stand was almost impossible to use....so much force required that I could do it twice, but not a third time.

I didn't measure before, but after, I took the following measurements for reference...
Ground to upper rear shock mount 710mm, and ground to middle of lower end of steering head stock 750mm

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This didn't help me much, so I took a look at the centre stand clearance between the ground and bottom of rear tyre on the 650e, and it was about 20-25mm.
The clearance on my Cafe CX on the centre stand was 70mm.

So I decided to shorten the stands by about 40mm, and this is how I did it.

I marked and cut 40mm from the stems between the feet and the spring attachment point.

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I did read through other posts that the feet was also a good place to cut, but although that would be OK for the side stand, the centre stand feet, once detached, could be a bit tricky to replace in the correct position, that's why I chose the stems.

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It would be possible to re-weld the pieces back at this point, as the tube if pretty thick and could easily take a straight weld with either TIG, MIG or MMA, but I wanted to reinforce the cut sections so I used the bits that I cut off.

In the case of the centre stand, the tube OD is 26mm, and the ID 21mm.

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I wanted to modify the cut segments to fit inside the tube to internally join the 2 ends and end up in the weld, but a 26mm OD piece does not fit into a 21mm ID tube.

Here is where some maths came in handy. Bare with me.

I want to end up with a piece to fit inside a 21mm ID tube, so I'll aim for 20mm. How much of the circumference do I need to cut to compress my tube bits to 20mm OD ?

To get a diameter (d) of 20mm, I need a circumference c = pi x d = pi x 20 = 63mm

The current tube however has a diameter (D) of 26mm, so it's circumference is C = pi x D = pi x 26 = 82mm

So to get a piece of tube of OD 20mm, I need to cut off 82 - 63 off the circumference = 19mm

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Thanks for your patience with the maths, but if I'm going to post this method, I may as well spill it all. And I could have eyeballed it....or could I really?

The 2 ends placed together lining up some orientation lines I marked before cutting.

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Welded, trimmed and painted with some self etch primer and Duplicolor Brake Caliper Black.
 

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The centre-stand is now very easy to use, and the rear tyre clears the ground by about 10-15mm, a bit less than what I was aiming for, but practical nevertheless.

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The side-stand received the same treatment, but the tube diameters are smaller.

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I'd recommend muscling it onto the center stand one last time. Measure the distance between the tire and the floor, decide how much you want it to be, and cut the difference out of the stand. That will account for your particular wheel and tire, and help you avoid ending up a little short.


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