I'm still working on trying to bring my A7 to the road.
I've managed to get the bike from my dad's and bring it to my house so I can work on it more often. My gripe at the moment is that the bike has no stand on it at all, so I constantly have to find something to lean it against. My dad took the stands off when he was younger so he could corner better on it.
Does anyone know of anywhere you can get a stand from for an A7 or of any other type of centre stand that can be fitted to an A7 without it interfering with the bike's cornerability?
You could use the standard A7 stand and modify the arm any way you like. I've removed them completely and attached smaller arms for different silencer applications. For a Siamese system the arm can be modified down to a nub leaving just enough to function with your foot.
Never bought anything from Burton Bike Bits, you now know why. That said center stands and side stands are higher priced than most Brit spares, if bought new and they fail either the bike falls over or you fall off, a seller would be liable so they have to be well made.
Center stands are either forged of cast steel which is not cheap. If they were a forging then making pattern parts is not an option due to the high tooling costs. In your garage you can use a simple pair of small axel stands from whatever cheap cheap car parts chain that you like. Better still fork out the money for an elevated work bench with a wheel clamp ( or the better quality ones with 2 wheel clamps) then perhaps by the time you have the bike road ready your back will be in fit condition to enjoy riding on it. If the cost of them frighten you then there is a plethoria of dirt bike stands from the cantilever rear wheel lifters to the better hydraulic ones that go under the engine but I found that when using one of these I had to clamp the bike to the stand with a U bolt. The A 7 stand is the same as the A 10 stand and there is no shortage of them on sale at swap meets. If it is a plunger then any BSA plunger center stand will be a direct fit. If it is a swing arm then any pre-unit swing arm center stand can be made to fit. Although most stands will need some repair and if you have to bore them out & fit a bush then you will end up spending £ 65-00 just the same. OTOH if you can not afford £ 65 for a brand new stand what makes you think that you will have enough money to repair & run the bike in any case ?