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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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I wish the side stand went further forward, and yes, it is sort of short too. For me it is too close to vertical, and I know that has led to dropped bikes for many people, either bike rolls forward or they don't flip it out fully.

The side stand on my cruiser really slings forward and let me tell you, 1) you know when its deployed right and 2) it can't accidently close up and drop the bike. I noted that the BMWs have very vertical side stands also.....maybe its an adventure bike thing, less room to store a long side stand.
 

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Looks to me to be the angle of the stand that is wrong not the length, it is out too far and putting blocks or lengthening the stand will help very little.

It needs to be more upright.
 

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I 2nd that observation. That angle looks like a Harley side stand. Something is really bent out of shape.
Yep....HD side stands are pretty vertical also. My Yami Stratoliner stand really swings forward, it is seriously fail safe once you get it forward and lean the bike on it. For the bike to roll forward you would have to literally bring it up almost vertical for the stand to fold back on itself. And an 800# bike doesn't do that in the wind, or incidental contact.....unless the Strom.....rolling downhill out of gear, high wind, slight bumps etc. All stories you hear on the forum.

And that's why we put guards and bags on it :mrgreen:
 

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Looks to me to be the angle of the stand that is wrong not the length, it is out too far and putting blocks or lengthening the stand will help very little.

It needs to be more upright.
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that would shorten the height of the triangle base between the wheels and the sidestand making it less stable

the angle that the sidestand dangles is good, its length is just too short

my simple solution is to bolt 2 hockey pucks, one is not enuf, in my photos you can see that I am putting a full 3" of blocks under the stand and it is still leaning adequately to prevent the wind blowing it over



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Just to give you a stock reference, here are some shots of my 2011 Wee Strom with standard side stand with Touratech big foot (1/8" approx. thk.), standard dog bones and lowered 3/4" on front forks.
how is "lowered 3/4" stock ?


mine IS stock, not lowered, look at pics in post #2

see that with 2 2x blocks it leans about what it should, this is how and where it is parked most of the time



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how is "lowered 3/4" stock ?


mine IS stock, not lowered, look at pics in post #2

see that with 2 2x blocks it leans about what it should, this is how and where it is parked most of the time

Sorry I wasted my time trying to help you out. Won't happen again.
 

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that would shorten the height of the triangle base between the wheels and the sidestand making it less stable

the angle that the sidestand dangles is good, its length is just too short

my simple solution is to bolt 2 hockey pucks, one is not enuf, in my photos you can see that I am putting a full 3" of blocks under the stand and it is still leaning adequately to prevent the wind blowing it over
I have a 1" lift under my Wee and my bike is much more vertical than yours and the stand does not protrude as far out to the side as yours with the original stand.
 

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stopped at my dealer yesterday, took a close look at another Vee, came to the conclusion my sidestand mount is fatigued

not surprising really, same thing happened to my SV650, my 300lb lard ass getting on the bike, I use the footpeg as a step so all my weight is on the sidestand a moment while I throw my leg over

$75 for a new mount



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Randy, I have the same problem on my '04 Wee. I carry a piece of 2X4 on a lanyard in my tank bag.
Someone suggested the angle was wrong. When it's folded it's right where it belongs.
So the angle seems to be right, the length is wrong but if it were longer it would interfere with the center stand.
A quandary for sure.
It's a pig to lift when loaded for camping. I usually get off and put it on the center stand. The bike is easier to deal with that way.
Interesting that some of us seem to have a problem and others do not. Ain't that a som binch?
 
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