The side stand on V-Stroms seems to (justifiably?) get some serious negative feed back. I found it scarey, because it does not swing far enough forward to give me a stable platform. So at risk of suggesting the obvious, I will tell you that I solved the problem, and made the parked bike much more stable by taking off the stand (an extremely easy job) and grinding it down a bit to allow it to swing further forward. Given that it is now in a more forward position, two good things go on: 1.) if bike is pushed forward when parked, (or you getting off it!), stand does not rotate backwards so readily, and thus allow bike to fall, and 2.) Bike is now leaning over more when parked, so again, is less readily tipped over the other way [REALLY nice change for parking on highly crowned roads.] I hope this helps some people be happier with this great machine.