Tech Views — Vol. 5 Centerstands

It may only be a centerstand, but it's still a centerstand.


It may only be a centerstand, but it's still a centerstand.

Our theme this time is 'Centerstands.'

"Are Honda's leading technologies also found in its centerstands?"

Let's look for a better understanding of this question.

It may only be a centerstand, but it performs an important function.

We had moto-journalist Tsutomu Matsui bring his wife and young son along to help us examine how easily centerstands can be operated by a petite woman and an 11-year old boy, neither of whom can ride motorcycles.

The Centerstand = A better understanding of how easy it is to use.


The centerstand is an important feature on any motorcycle. We examine the ease with which a centerstand can be used by a woman and a child who have never ridden motorcycles before.

Tests were conducted with a woman, who stands 155cm tall and weighs only 48kg, and an 11-year old boy, who is 158cm tall and weighs 50kg. Although they've both ridden on the back of motorcycles before, neither has actually ever ridden a motorcycle on their own, nor do they have driver's licenses. Of course, they have never used a motorcycle's centerstand either. So, what were the results of this experiment?

User Reviews

We asked users of Honda motorcycles, ranging from scooters to large touring models: "How do you like your centerstands?"

Tsutomu 'Ben' Matsui

Tsutomu 'Ben' Matsui (b. 1963, Tokyo)

Since 1986, motorcycle journalist Tsutomu Matsui has contributed interviews, riding impressions and first-hand race reports to a host of magazines and specialty motorcycle publications. He has also ridden in the Paris-Dakar and Baja 1000 rallies.