I have been working in my 1973 R75/5 on the centerstand for the last couple of days and it makes me "nervous" as the bike seems "tippy". I have owned many other bikes and they seemed a lot more stable on the centerstand.
As I understand it there is/was a guy in Kentucky that modified centerstands so that they had a wider "footprint" and there was a genuine-pad to put your foot on (he added 2 "J" hooks that sat outside of the mufflers), this seems like a good-thing. Does anybody know who this guy is?
I'm not too sure about the Reynolds Ride-Off stands as they do not seem to lift the bike high enough.
(tippy and nervous in Texas)
Not sure if you saw what I posted on Boxerworks...that's where I first saw your question. I'll repost here just to be sure:
Centerstands are like oil and tire threads. People seem to love them or hate them. Personnally, I think the stock stand is unstable. Weight is on three points, mostly the two stand points. On soft ground, they might dig into the ground.
I changed mine to a Reynolds RO, but I don't typically use the ride-off function. To me, they're the most stable...weight is on four points, shared somewhat by all points. Obviously, if you park over soft ground and/or it's not level, the centerstand points won't support the bike very much.
Metric tires don't help either because they're radius is less than stock inch-size tires. So, more weight has to be raised to get on the centerstand.
I also feel that more work is needed to get up on the stock stand...you have to lift it up all the way. The Reynolds doesn't require that much lift.
I like the Reynolds...wouldn't go back.