As we all know, the Rebel 3 has no centre stand.... - Honda Rebel 300 & 500 Forum
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Thumbs down As we all know, the Rebel 3 has no centre stand....

So I decided to make one that could be used without having to remove the exhaust.

First step was to lift the bike on an invisible stand to get dimensions. This was done by holding the bike upright with load straps and an upside down workstand.



The bike was lifted to "working height" with another mega load strap. I'm glad the garage beam took the weight!



With the required height measurements it was off to do some working drawings (well, sketches really).



Next I gathered some materials and tools.



And did some cutting and made some sparks.



And made some more sparks.



Then some drilling was required.



With all of the parts de-burred and cleaned, it was time to do a test assembly.



Not a bad result for a prototype. Next weekend it's off to my neighbour for welding and then another neighbour for professional painting.



To be continued.................
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If anybody is interested in doing this as well I can post a list of materials, cutting sizes, drawings etc.
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That looks amazing Jim, canít wait to see a pic of your bike lifted when finished.
Keeping us all in suspense too.

I would be interested in a copy of the drawings/assembly to make one, I have all those materials at hand.

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If anybody is interested in doing this as well I can post a list of materials, cutting sizes, drawings etc.
Great project. I would add some ends that match the diameter of the swing arm for secure lifting.

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Great project. I would add some ends that match the diameter of the swing arm for secure lifting.
Thanks for planting the seed Keith. I wasn't happy with the flat brackets, so it was back to the drawing board.
After some ideas and sorting out dimensions and angles I came up with a solution I'm happy with.
And so I don't waste metal, I did a mock-up model using cardboard from a champagne carton.



This allowed me to visualise and confirm the feasibility and also how to do the cuts when I go to the metal phase.



A quick set-up to see how it would look on the stand.



The whole thing.



And how it looks from the lifting end.



If I get good weather tomorrow I can do the cutting. I have to do it outside away from the car and bikes or else there's a layer of black grit everywhere. And as it's comprised of steel and aluminium oxide I'm not keen to have it all over my garage.

Maybe welding on the weekend but I'll have to see how I go for time.
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Forgot to mention it.
The inside of the V part will have rubber inserts bonded to both surfaces so that no bare metal will contact the swing arm tube.
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Nice touch with the swivel. You don't see people drawing things out on paper much anymore.

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Will it have a lifting handle? say at 30deg upwards, as while lowering the bike, perhaps your fingers could slam on the floor whilst gripping the lifting end.
You would exert less of your physical strenght if you donít need to stoop.

Itís looking good anyway
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Will it have a lifting handle? say at 30deg upwards, as while lowering the bike, perhaps your fingers could slam on the floor whilst gripping the lifting end.
You would exert less of your physical strenght if you donít need to stoop.

Itís looking good anyway
If I find that I need a handle I'll use some 25mm tube into the open ends of the jack.

Regarding squashed fingers, the lifting/lowering handle is on top of the 30mm tube side arms so there is enough clearance to prevent crushed fingers.
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Getting closer, today I got back the pivoting crutches after my neighbour had welded them up.

A quick test fit and they look fine.



As noted earlier, the contact area will have hard rubber pads and the crutch will pivot about 45ļ in either direction. I might fit a spring or a tension washer to maintain it in the 45ļ "back" angle to mate correctly with the swing arm as it's lifted to meet it.



Maybe doing all of the final welding this coming weekend.
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