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post #1 of 9 Old 09-01-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Side stand after lowering

The side stand seems a little upright and unsafe after 3/4 lowering of the bike. Has anyone shortened their side stand? How much to cut off?

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I purchased a Adjustable Side stand that was recommended by another poster on this board. I needed it after lowering my Strom 3/4 inches. It works real good except the foot is small and does not work too well in soft ground.
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The side stand seems a little upright and unsafe after 3/4 lowering of the bike. Has anyone shortened their side stand? How much to cut off?

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I had my friend cut off 1", and he welded it back, then spray painted it satin black. It really looks nice and the bike sets correctly after being lowered 3/4".
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In another post on this subject, I suggested 3/8 inch cut off. That was based on eyeballing pics of shortened stands that I had seen.
Had mine cut 3/8 and don't know if that's correct because when we welded the footplate back on we got the angle wrong and the rear of the footplate is all that touches the ground and it's the same as before the cutting.
This week the footplate will be re-done and maybe another 1/4 taken off the height.
By the way, you will really have a fun time removing/reinstalling the springs!
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My stock position had a fairly extreme lean. After lowering 3/4" at each end, I'm happy with no changes to the stand. There are some variations between individual bikes.

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I think I will to grind a little on the stop.


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And, I should have added that I have a thick foot pad on my side stand that adds length. One inch was just right for me, but may be too much for others.

With the foot pad, and being lowered 3/4", my bike was way too upright. In fact, it was so straight up and down that the bike fell over on top of me in a parking lot. I stood on the foot pegs, with the kickstand down, and I got off balance--over I went. Now, with the one inch missing from the side stand, the bike sets very stable.

By the way, the crash bars, hand guards, and my leg saved everything and I didn't get one scratch on the bike and I only suffered a little skin damage. My ego was bruised as I did it in front of six of my riding buddies!
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I also had an inch taken off and had the foot rewelded. It works great and it is safe now!
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-03-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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I had 1/2" taken off but not sure how much the bike was lowered as I am using an adjustable lowering kit and just wound it down until most of my foot reached the ground which left the bike OK on the stand but only on level surfaces, so the stand got cut.
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