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post #1 of 12 Old 08-01-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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2012 Adventure Kickstand

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I just lowered my bike and forks and its a beautiful thing now for my short legs. My kickstand needs altering for sure but I don't want to mess with the original. Is the 2012 kickstand the same as previous year V-Stroms? If so, I will snag one from FeeBay. I don't like the Soupys design on his adjustable stand, the foot bothers me regarding stability. Thanks all.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-01-2012, 06:37 PM
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It's a unique part number, not shared with earlier years.

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It's a unique part number, not shared with earlier years.
Yeah, and the Richland Rick foot doesn't fit unless he's changed it. AltRider does though.

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Yeah, and the Richland Rick foot doesn't fit unless he's changed it. AltRider does though.
I have one on my bike, works fine!
He had to change it from the previous design...

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Good to know the 2012 kickstands are different from earlier.
Mine is lowered and I, too, need a kickstand that is shorter than stock.
This has absolutely nothing to do with what foot will or won't fit. The need is for a shorter kickstand so the bike leans similar to stock.
Seems only a few choices. buy a new one and cut/weld it to the desired length; cut/weld the existing one; or, buy an adjustable but at $125-ish-an expensive proposition.
I'm leaning toward cutting the existing stand about 3/8 inch. If I ever raise the bike back to stock, I can fit a plate to the bottom thick enough to get it back to stock length.
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Is 3/8 of an inch cut down what is recommended? Need to do the same. Going to lower mine this weekend. I am going to modify the stand it came with.
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I have one on my bike, works fine!
He had to change it from the previous design...
Thanks, I'll ask him to swap it out.

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I have also read about some people grinding down the stops to allow a little more angle on the kickstand, but this sounds like a less than stellar idea? Has anyone done this?

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I recall that when I bought my 2008 DR650, it had a factory stock shorter kickstand from Suzuki for use on lowered bikes. It was painted silver so you could distinguish it from the customary black-painted DR650 kickstand. I wonder if that unit would work on the DL650.

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Is 3/8 of an inch cut down what is recommended? Need to do the same. Going to lower mine this weekend. I am going to modify the stand it came with.
I am making a wag on 3/8".
Saw a pic of one that had been shortened and it was done below the ring tab you hook with your foot when you put the stand down. Looked like about 3/8 to me. Too much is better than too little, I think, because you could fab a wide foot of something with the right thickness to get it exactly where you want it and you would now have a wide foot for soft ground, plus the shorter kickstand. Did the thicker foot on 2 Valkyries and an R1200C because they leaned too far. Installed with small bolts and nylon lock nuts countersunk into the foot material (from the bottom) so it looked decent.

I don't weld so I will have to take the stand to someone who can. It is planned for next week. If you do yours and screw it up at 3/8, let us know so we don't make the same mistake!
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