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post #1 of 13 Old 05-12-2018, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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I listened to an episode of the Adventure Rider Radio podcast that described the proper way to spin a bike on its sidestand. I'm tempted to try it with my Wee, as I've been in many situations where the ability to turn the bike 180 degrees within its own length would be very useful.

Does anyone do this with the Strom? Is the sidestand and mounting hardware stout enough to handle it?

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I listened to an episode of the Adventure Rider Radio podcast that described the proper way to spin a bike on its sidestand. I'm tempted to try it with my Wee, as I've been in many situations where the ability to turn the bike 180 degrees within its own length would be very useful.



Does anyone do this with the Strom? Is the sidestand and mounting hardware stout enough to handle it?


Never done it on the Strom, but do that all the time at the College when we’re bringing the student bikes back into the garage.


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I've done it a few times, after (thoughtlessly) pulling head-first into a declined parking spot... I try to avoid those scenarios...
Works fine... never had an issue with either the OEM kickstand, or a Soupy's adjustable (on an earlier Strom).

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Cops are taught it on their ST1100s...I suspect it would be fine on the Wee....I've done a "redirect" on any number of bikes in the garage,



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sidestand spins are cool and all, but you won't catch me doing one

that is not what sidestands are designed for and will fatigue quickly if you do many


what happens when the sidestand is fatigued, your bike leans more, eventually significantly making it take extra effort to upright the bike, and if you're already on tiptoes, making it much harder
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This has been the subject of other posts. I tried it on the Wee and my BMW G650GS and puny me wasn't having it. I see guys do it all the time at the local mountain road house with the sports bikes..
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I've yet to try it with my Vee (because it's still en route to my house), but definitely plan to. I used to do it quite a bit with my FZ1 in my 1-car garage. That bike was 480 pounds without luggage and I've done it with luggage. Never had any issues with side stand. I don't think it should be used as the only way to turn the bike around, but I do think it's nice to be able to have that option in your pocket.

It doesn't take THAT much strength, depending on the bike. Some balance perfectly on side stand with both wheels up (like FZ1) others are damn near impossible (like GSXR 1000).
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I experimented with it in the garage last night. It took a few attempts but I was able to do it. I didn't walk it all the way around, but just took a few steps. While I initially had to put some effort into getting it onto the side stand, I suspect this is something that would get easier with practice. It's really just a matter of finding the balance point.

All that being said, I agree that this isn't something I'd want to do every day -- at least, not without significantly beefing up my side stand. But I've had enough situations occur where being able to spin the bike around like this would have been really helpful.
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So, an update on my attempt to spin the bike on the side stand.

The day after my garage experiment I took the bike to run some errands. At first, the bike wouldn't start. Even though my side stand was up, my dash seemed to indicate it was still down. After about 5 minutes of trouble-shooting, which included putting the side stand up and down a few times, the problem went away.

Then, after my first stop, the problem returned. Again, it took about 5 minutes to resolve itself.

Another stop, and it was back. This time I gave the side-stand (which was up) a little kick with my heel and it was back to normal.

The last time it happened I was actually riding the bike and I made a left turn. The bike cut out mid-turn. But I was able to restart it while still rolling.

After that last one I washed the bike at a spray-and-wash place, because it was pretty dirty from a recent ride in the rain.

Since then -- about a week ago -- I've had no problems.

I'm unsure if the side stand switch was gunked up from rain-enhanced road grime, or something got out-of-kilter when I did the spin, or if it was a combination of the two. But I have to admit I'm now a bit more reluctant to try the spin.

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Have done it several times. When I have my side cases on it is harder and I usually just kinda slide the wheels instead of a full lift, bit I have had no issues.

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