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post #1 of 24 Old 09-19-2014, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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my Vee has always leaned too much when parked, from day one

at first, I put lowering links on and that made it so that the lean was normal, but as I got used to the tallness and got my legs to stretch a bit better when throwing my legs over, I put the stock links back on when I installed my WP shock that is also a little taller

now my Vee lens about the correct amount when I have 2 blocks of 2x under the stand (3")

it is nice that I can park with the sidestand on the uphill side of the bike, but its becoming a bear to get it upright off the stand when I am straddling the bike



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I cut my side stand when I lowered it, bad idea. But I welded a 1" nut on it when I raised it back up, now that I raised it another 3/4" I need more, my bike is doing the same as yours and I think I will cut the nut off and weld metal tube to the right length, maybe some flat stock for the foot, idk yet.


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On the bright side of things.. Looks like you have enough scrap in the background to build a solution to the problem and then some.. :-)
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Mine is mostly stock height. It leans too much. The first thing I did was to close the gap at the top of the arm, where it bolts to the frame. Then I put a bigger & thicker foot at the other end so it wouldn't sink on soft ground. It's about right, now.
But as you mentioned, I have to be careful where I put the stand down.

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Mine leans so much that I'm forever checking and rechecking to see if I bent the damn thing or something. The only time it ever looks "normal" to my eye is when it's parked amidst a bunch of other Stroms at one of our various rendezvouses.
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On the bright side of things.. Looks like you have enough scrap in the background to build a solution to the problem and then some.. :-)
there are scrap pieces of wood, and I gotta go thru the pile and weed dome of it into the dumpster. no scrap metal pieces, I have a ton of rebar, but I can think of better fabrication materials,

I have blocks of wood scattered where I am likely to park my bike on my property, you can't see the luggage rack, but I have a short chunk of 2x8 under a couple of bungee straps

at home, I am fine, I have compensated by having blocks readily available where I frequently park my bike. on the road, or rather off the road where I am more likely to be parking when not at home, my work brings me to woodlots houselots under construction, more often than not, very uneven ground, but more than once I have yelled to a construction worker on site to find me a scrap to put my kickstand on

I have been having thoughts of either designing a kickstand or maybe a attachment that is spring loaded, sliding ratcheting device that could extend or shorten the length of the kickstand with you foot as you lower it to match the terrain



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I bolted a hockey puck to the kickstand foot, and trimmed the shape a bit larger than the foot profile. The thickness is just right, and only cost $1.00. :-)
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possibly but the foot adapter sold from Rick, and weld a 2.5-3" piece to the bottom of it....may be worth a shot..

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all of the bolt on ideas are great unless of course you have the oem centerstand in which case you're screwed

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