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post #1 of 8 Old 04-02-2010, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Raising Front Fork & Shortening of Kick Stand

I have lowered my Wee by about an inch via longer dog bones but I have left the front forks alone. Should I raise the forks and by how much? My SW Motech centre stand still works fine with only slightly more effort.

However, I have noticed that the bike does not have as much lean any more and it may become tricky parking on uneven surfaces or on an incline.

Therefore, I am considering shortening the kick stand to give the bike a little more lean angle. Any advice on how much I should shorten the kick stand by would be appreciated?

Thank you in advance for your comments.

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-02-2010, 01:20 PM
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See my post on adjustable kickstand. I did something similar to you as I used kouba links to lower my Wee. I also lowered the front forks 1/2" to bring the front down. I need someone who can live without their kickstand for a while so the engineering can be done to make an adjustable kickstand.
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Just one man's experience: I lowered the rear 1" and raised the fork tubes about 1/2", which lowered the front. The bike has no issues staying up on the stock kickstand. The only observation I have is that the kickstand is kind of sloppy at the pivot bolt (as if the hole is larger than necessary) so it angles outward somewhat. When I get off, I'm in the habit of pulling the bike toward the stand to make sure that the rear spring is unloaded. I always have the happy trails luggage on, and it adds another 30 lbs or so to the rear. Still no issues.

Right after I posted this, I could see my avatar photo. In that photo, the bike is heavily laden with camping gear and still stands at a safe angle as described above. The bike has aftermarket fork springs which are stiffer than stock.

Please don't post just to criticize the question. Either you have an answer or you don't.

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I put in Kouba's which lower the rear 1 1/8" and I lowered the front by 5/8" and my kick stand looks fine as it is. I was going to grind the stop at the top but it doesn't look like I have to.


Edit: After finally getting back on the road today, I found two parking lots that convinced me that I need to grind about an 1/8" off the top stop. With my Dremel tool, that should take me about 4 weeks to accomplish.

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Thank you all for sharing your experience with me.

I had done research on the Net last night and wander into a site that sells suspension and other accessories for certain Kawasaki (like the Versys) and Yamaha bikes. There is a what they can a "Flatfoot for Lowering Kit" that may solve my problem. Basically, after you have lowered your bike, saw off about half an inch of the original kick stand and then install the "Faltfoot" at the end and your your are done! See hyperlink here: http://motowerk.com/flatfootforloweringkit.aspx

However, I need to find out if the diameter of the kickstand leg on the Versys is the same (or even close) to the one on my Wee. I will drop by a Kawa dealer in a couple of days to take some measurements on the Versys kick stand. Stay tuned!

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I had time in my hands yesterday after work and managed to raised the front forks by almost 3/4". I rear has been previously lowered by 1-1/4".
I immediately noticed that the bike does not lean as much as before I drop the front. Cranking the handle bar to the left locking position is a must to put more weight on the kick stand. Luckily, the SW Motech center stand still works fine.
I will ride the Wee for a couple of weeks and see if I feel comfortable to the lean angle (or lack of). Also, I may consider raising the rear by about 1/4" to gain the lean angle back. One option would be to use the center stand at locations that I don't feel comfortable that the bike would stay up!

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I have a 2005 DL650 and I am only 5'1". The guy I bought it for builds custom suspensions and before I picked it up he called and asked my height and weight, setting the suspension up just for me and adding an adjustable dogbone. After riding it for a few months I realized it was still too tall and moved the dogbone to the lowest position forcing the bike to lean right. (Yes it is probably the lowest V Strom on the planet lol) We cut off about 2.5" from the kickstand and I use a kickstand plate when I park anywhere other than solid concrete. I still find tenuous parking when the grade is slanted. The guys I ride with call it the Shriner's bike. I also added pivoting risers and increased to preload on front and rear suspensions. I still have to be VERY careful over RR tracks and rough roads. I can bottom out the faring on the front fender.
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I took the sidestand off to grind the contact points a bit to give the bike more lean when on the stand.

I had to use a 3/4" impact socket (probably 19 mm and close enough), impact universal joint, 1/2" extensions, and my 1/2" impact wrench to get the mounting bolts loose. They were tight!

Removing about 1 mm from the contact points of the side stand gave me enough additional lean to feel better about parking on some of the sloped places we have to park here--most level spot around, but not actually level. This is with stock links.

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