As I'm sure your aware of the routine in order to remove the center stand to grease the pivot. Well here's a little mod I've finally got round to doing to one of my NTVs, others to follow while I've got the welder out.
I drilled a 5.5mm hole, tapped it to M6 so you can use an M6 bolt to hold the M6 mild steel nut in place while you weld it, finished off with Hammerite smooth, finally fitted with an M6 stainless steel grease nipple I got off eBay.
Hopefully never have to remove it again. Brake and shift levers next.
On second thoughts I should have drilled a hole in the inner tube (the 'pin') and made sure that the hole was pointing downwards when fitting the pin. That way you could squirt a lubricant in the inside of the pin (from either end) and it would drop down in the space between the pin & outer tube.
But I think your modifcation is far better.
Looking forward to other modifications.
NTV650 (1996) owner from 2004 to 2014. Current bike: Suzuki DL650 ABS (V-strom / 2012)
GVS On second thoughts I should have drilled a hole in the inner tube (the 'pin') and made sure that the hole was pointing downwards when fitting the pin. That way you could squirt a lubricant in the inside of the pin (from either end) and it would drop down in the space between the pin & outer tube.
I considered putting holes in the pivot pin, capping the ends with the grease nipple in the capped end but it's a lot more complication, lot of wasted grease doing noting in the center of the tube and I think the exhaust would be in the way of getting the grease gun nozzle in there.
I used to do small gauge stainless steel TIG welding which I got pretty good at. I used a MIG on this which I done get on with so well. TIG would have been a lot cleaner, one on my shopping list.
Got lots of things lined up for my NTVs, just need the time and a big shed (April/May) to do it. I'm an electronics engineer so have a few electronic add ons I want to do, rear light/brake bulb monitor, been stuck behind a couple of idiots in cars who's brake lights didn't work, not good. Battery voltage monitor, had a regulator connector corrode years ago which left me in the middle of nowhere in the dark with a flat battery, long push home.
Had a look at your site GVS, very good. Noticed you'd used an electronic meter on your carbs. I got fed up with dial gauges myself so bought a Sourau Indiana (made by Sagem), expensive but I've got the money back by servicing the bikes myself.