The /2 side and center stands

The BMW side stand was hated by just about everyone.  It wasn’t possible to deploy it while sitting on the bike.

Up through 1962 it had a mounting bolt of 12 mm.  It often broke off flush with the frame and was hard to remove.  In 1963, the bolt was enlarged to 14 mm and that didn’t break as easily by misuse.

Accessory manufacturers made several products to solve the problem.

Flanders made a stand that was mounted behind the rider foot peg.  It too was awful, ugly and would damage the frame by pinching it.

The good stand was the Hall Bracket.  It used a Triumph leg that was mounted on a bracket.  The bracket replaced the two spacers on the left side of the frame between the frame and engine.  It was very solid and easy to deploy.  I did a lot of business with Hall and could easily get the brackets.  He had trouble getting the Triumph legs, but I had a source, so I sold many of them.


This is the Triumph leg attached to the original Hall Bracket. You just can’t see the bracket, as it is very well hidden.

This is a “Hall type” stand sold by Vech. It seems to be getting the best reviews of any of the several side stands available today.

A modification later was made by Bob Brown, of Brown Motor Works, the former shop manager for Earl Flanders.  It works well and is slightly different, but is still available and generally accepted by /2 owners.

The center stand was mounted on quite weak frame tangs.  These easily got bent, broken and were just not up to the job.  When riders would deploy the stand, they would allow it go over center and crash against to frame stops.  In 1964, I think, BMW beefed it up a lot and it worked better.

The Bates ride off center stand never caught on.  It was mounted up in front of the engine.

Comments by Bill Wilson, thanks

That Stemler /2 side stand resembles Swirin’s /5 – /7 side stand. Swirin’s /2 side stand resembles the Flanders.
It’s slightly different and seems to use a plate instead of a rod for a brace against the frame.
The Stemler mounting bracket looks like some repurposed scrap from a stamping plant. It appears to be made with several pieces of the same dimension. The Swirin stand bracket on my /5 is made with two solid sections with the prop bracket butt welded on using an arc welder with a nice fat bead. It’s prop bracket is wider with the prop bolt on the RH corner and the return spring peg underneath on the LH corner.
I don’t recall seeing any /2’s with aftermarket side stands at rallies during the 70’s and 80’s though did see a few that appeared stock but were longer since the bikes’ lean angle was less. I’m wondering if those were made by the owners or were modified stock props?
Bill

Additional information would be welcome.  Thanks.