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post #1 of 11 Old 11-01-2018, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Side stand broke :(

Last night when parking my bike the side stand broke. Luckily it was in my garage and the bike when over on my kid's bicycles so it was only about 60 degrees down

My wife helped me get it up and i took a look. It appears that the two bolts holding the plate to the frame backed out and it was only a matter of time... I'm pretty flabbergasted right now. One bolt was out completely (rear-most) and the front most seems to have had too much strain on it and it stripped/popped right out. It was dark last night and we had to take the kids out so I didn't get to look at it closely, hoping to do it tonight.

Has anyone ever heard of this? I don't ride rough and the fact the screws backed out is bothersome... and this has me thinking "are there any other bolts I should be regularly checking?".

The good news is I think I found a complete unit I can buy for cheaper than the plate and bolts of Bike Bandit so it hopefully won't be too costly. After I get in and look at it I'll try and post some pictures up.
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Man that sidestand had to be flopping around before it came off like that. Should have be very apparent!

Use Loctite Blue on the bolts when you put it back on. Might want to go through the rest of the bike while your at it.
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First sentence, second paragraph.
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I believe Ive seen this mentioned in a previous thread here.
I had a side stand pivot bolt loosen up years ago, didnt come off, but it has kept me aware of of the sidestand bolt(s) on my subsequent motorcycles. I periodically remove the sidestand and apply moly grease to its pivot bolt.
Nothing else comes to mind as far as bolts needing periodic checking or tightening, but once a year I remove my front brake and clutch levers and apply moly grease to the pivot bolts and lever bushings. I use the front brake lever's up-and -down play at its ball end to judge excessive play in the clutch lever bushing, and when noticeably more, I replace the clutch lever.
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The crazy thing is that it wasn't flopping... I think the bolts were in just enough to hold it in place. Most of my riding is street...

I'm going to inspect it tonight to see if I can use the bolts and plate, if not I'll buy the unit I found and install when it arrives.
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"First sentence, second paragraph.
I should be able to stop chuckling soon."

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[QUOTE=notacop;5319495]"First sentence, second paragraph.
I should be able to stop chuckling soon."

Yeah, you guys got me. I'm leaving that in there!

New stand is ordered and should be here in a few days. I was lucky enough to find a complete 05 assembly including the kill switch for under $30 on ebay. The plate alone on BikeBandit was $80

Between this and needing new tires it's been an boring month for my wee as it sits in the garage.
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Wonder if the new stand bit will make the bike more up-right in use. Some of us have stands that have the bike leaning quite a bit. When I take it off and check, everything looks OK though.
30$ isn't a bad price for a fix.
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I got it off ebay and the seller said it was pulled of an 05 DL650 which is my exact model so I'm sure the lean angle will be the same. I've got the frame all cleaned up and am ready to install when it arrives.
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Yes, this has happened before. I remember discussions about the side stand being loose. The Gen 1 650s had a pretty significant lean anyway, but people were discussing the increasing angle of lean while on the side stand over time and traced it to loose bolts. It happened on my 2005 DL650 as well.
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