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post #1 of 10 Old 01-02-2005, 12:05 PM
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Shorter Side Stand?

Have been seeing several post regarding V-Stroms and a problem with the the bike falling off the side stand. I just bought an 05 650. Have been making suspension modifications to lower it for the wife. Added Kouba links, 1 1/2" drop, lowered the front forks 3/4" and added theGenMar risers with 1 3/8" setback, thought it would also help. I checked with the dealer, and a new sidestand runs $90 plus bucks. Hate to just start wacking away at the original stand, but the bike is setting up a little straighter than I would like. It's stable on flat concrete, but thats not always available.

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-02-2005, 04:28 PM
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A center stand.
post #3 of 10 Old 01-02-2005, 06:39 PM
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Center Stand and Belly Pan are on the shopping list. Problem is, wife is 5'7", 115 lbs soaking wet. Considering that I have lowered the machine, and the wet weight of the bike, 420+ lbs. Don't think that a center stand, alone, solves the problem. For maintenance purposes, it's the sh**. :D Short stops for a butt break, cigarette and human, we need a different alternative.

For me at 6' plus, and 220lbs. The bike is fine, off the showroom, no vertical issues. If/When we get some of these issues under control, we will probably have his/hers :D . Will still lower the front end for control, and will want/need center stand and belly pan.

Who knows, by March, I may convince myself I need the 1000. :twisted:
 
post #4 of 10 Old 01-02-2005, 11:07 PM
 
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Get a friend to help. Their job is to hold up the bike while the sidestand is removed. Work on a level paved surface, concrete is best. Remove the sidestand and cut off the foot as close as possible to the base with a hacksaw. Save the foot to show to the welder so he can make you a new one. Now start taking off a LITTLE bit (1/4”) of the sidestand leg at a time. Put the leg back on after each cut (not fully assembled, just slip the bolt through so you can stand the bike up), slip something about 1/4” thick to simulate the foot and take a look. Repeat until happy. Tie the bike to a tree (you get the idea), remember you've got the sidestand :lol: . Go to local welding shop, show them the foot and leg. They will fabricate a new foot and weld it on. Now paint it. If you can, find a paint shop that can powder coat it for you (very durable), otherwise get a can of black spray paint. Buy friend beer.

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-03-2005, 12:24 AM
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I lowered my bike & it makes it hard to get onto the centrestand. The sidestand also makes the bike too vertical.

I removed the sidestand, put it in a vice & heated an inch or two above the foot to cherry red. I then bent it out at right angles somewhat. The bike has a more satisfactory lean to it now.

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-04-2005, 09:09 PM
 
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I remember reading that if you grind the stop for the side stand it will swing farther forward and give the bike a better lean angle. It will also resist rolling forward off the stand.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-05-2005, 11:22 AM
 
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Side Stand Adjustment

Lean the bike against the wall of your garage and remove the kick stand. Carefully remove a small amount of material with a hand grinder on both the side stand stop and the stop on the bike and waaa-la. The side stand will now move to a more forward position alowing the bike to lean over a little more. It also becomes more stable in the parked position because it is now harder to roll forward off the stand. I did this after lowering mine and it worked great for me.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-28-2005, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by luckyoldgit
I lowered my bike & it makes it hard to get onto the centrestand. The sidestand also makes the bike too vertical.

I removed the sidestand, put it in a vice & heated an inch or two above the foot to cherry red. I then bent it out at right angles somewhat. The bike has a more satisfactory lean to it now.
How did you cool the metal after heating it? If you dunked it in water you may find someday down the road that your sidestand snaps in two at the bend. Mild steel changes properties when you bring it to cherry red.
post #9 of 10 Old 04-15-2005, 11:24 AM
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I lowered mine with the kouba link. It is a hard tug to get on the stand. thinking about cutting two pieces off centerstand to correct problem. tip on side stand sounds good

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-15-2005, 09:59 PM
 
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Re: Side Stand Adjustment

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Originally Posted by R Hals
Lean the bike against the wall of your garage and remove the kick stand. Carefully remove a small amount of material with a hand grinder on both the side stand stop and the stop on the bike and waaa-la. The side stand will now move to a more forward position alowing the bike to lean over a little more. It also becomes more stable in the parked position because it is now harder to roll forward off the stand. I did this after lowering mine and it worked great for me.
I might give this a try. I was surprised that the side stand was so vertical the first time I put it down. I darn near dropped the thing the other day rolling it forward to lube the chain. My center stand should be here next week. 8)
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