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post #11 of 31 Old 11-04-2019, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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I usually dump the clutch while in gear when coming to a stop so the bike is always in gear. That problem was worser on my 80/7 BMW. It had a spring loaded stand that always wanted to come up. PITA
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I usually dump the clutch while in gear when coming to a stop so the bike is always in gear. That problem was worser on my 80/7 BMW. It had a spring loaded stand that always wanted to come up. PITA
My 1972 R75/5 was worser the same way.



The side stand couldn't be seen by the rider, hidden below the left cylinder. So BMWs solution was to make it self-retracting with a spring. Stand the bike up and take the weight off the stand and it would just pop right up. Genius.

The only problem was a good stiff wind would lift it up enough to retract it too. Down she goes.

Most of us learned to always park on the centerstand, which wasn't great either.




In regard to the Vstrom sidestand, it is so close to its fold up spot at full extension, that I don't trust it much either. Always park uphill or in gear. I almost dropped mine on the showroom floor when I was first looking at it. I raised it up off the stand, put the stand back down-apparently not quite to full extension- and set it back down gently.... and over it came on me. I caught it but that could have been embarrassing.


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I usually dump the clutch while in gear when coming to a stop so the bike is always in gear. That problem was worser on my 80/7 BMW. It had a spring loaded stand that always wanted to come up. PITA
Same with the R100 Dakar - and it was mounted so far forward you needed to stretch your left leg right out and then drop the bike on its side - it was a sort of leap of faith. PITA 3.
I tried dismounting the bike but that threatened even more damage to ankles and knees if it did not hold.
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I don't think there's going to be a huge difference between the sidestand and the centerstand. Look at the contact patch when on the sidestand (the triangle formed by each of the wheels and sidestand) and on the centerstand (both centerstand legs and the front wheel). There's not going to be a huge difference in width, which is what counts with a wind from the side.

Other than leaving the bike in the garage on a windy day and taking alternative transport, there's only two ways that you can prevent this. First is to put the bike into the wind as much as possible, or as close to a wall as possible (wind can't blow straight into a wall - it's going to be deflected by it). Second is to lock the bike to a solid object, using an attachment point as high up the bike as possible (e.g. luggage rack, pillion handholds or even the handlebars somehow, with the least amount of slack in the locking cable/chain.

In your case, you could've put the bike tight against the wall or locked it against that pole. But in both cases you'd go against the design of the parking space so you might have a problem there.

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flat or not, bike or car - park always in gear plus hand brake if you have one
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Strapping your bike to a guard rail can also help.www.youtube.com/watch?v=oghvq9a0KiU

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The one scenario where we wish for heavier bikes

Yeah, in gear. It moved forward and the kickstand had only one place to go.

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"Same with the R100 Dakar"

I had the '89 Bumble Bee. Beautiful, man. That side stand was a leaner too. When i pulled it out of the back of the garage to sell it I was surprised at the parked lean angle. Much worser than my Wee Strom.
It had been parked for a few years and I forgot. That's the problem with too many bikes in the garage.
At least I got out of it what i had paid for it 10 years earlier.
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