I ordered the center stand when I bought the bike in October of 2013.
The GW250 was brand-new to the U.S. market at that time, so the accessories weren’t immediately available and it took about 2 months for the center stand to arrive.
I didn’t even open the box, thinking that it would be a complex and involved project that would require warmer weather before I rolled up my sleeves and got my fingernails dirty.
My experience with installing the Suzuki DR650 center stand (review) led me to believe this would be a difficult job…although that bike was not designed for a center stand, which makes the kit and its installation quite a project.
One day not long ago, I had some spare time (a luxury) and decided to tear open the heavy box and at least take a look inside. To my surprise, there were only a few parts and the instruction manual.
As is my custom, I sat down and opened the manual and studied it carefully before starting the job.
It seemed pretty easy — too easy, actually. So I decided there was no time like the present and I cleared a space in the garage, lit the kerosene heater and got going.
Because Suzuki designed the GW250 for a center stand, the installation is actually pretty easy and can be accomplished by anyone with basic tools and general mechanical knowledge about motorcycles.
You’ll need a 12 mm and 14 mm box wrench and sockets (with ratchet, of course), a torque wrench and a bit of grease (elbow and the other kind). A screwdriver comes in handy to lever the springs into place (photo below).
Suzuki specifies their “Super Grease A” or equivalent; in my case, the equivalent is the excellentTri-Flow Clear Synthetic Grease (review) with Teflon, which is good stuff; waterproof and a bit sticky, so it stays in place.
The basic installation procedure is to first remove the right side exhaust can, which attaches to the bike at the exhaust header and with a bolt up along the back.
It’s easier to remove than I anticipated by simply unfastening the two bolts.
Next, there’s a bushing that goes through the hole or tube in the center stand. The stand rotates on this bushing and a long bolt holds it in place in the GW250’s frame.
Coat the bushing with the grease and slide it into the center stand. Then slide the stand up between the two tabs on the GW250 frame and slide the bolt through. Tighten it to 60 Nm (43.5 ft. lbs.) and you’re half-way done.
Put some grease on the hooks of the springs and lay the “J” brackets on top of the tube of the center stand; there’s a notch for each.
Hold the center stand up and attach one spring, then the other.
There’s a trick to attaching the second spring, which will have quite a lot of tension.