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post #1 of 11 Old 07-03-2007, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Lengthening the kickstand

Am I the only one who thinks both the Wee and the Vee have wa-a-ay too much lean on the sidestand?

I've seen various ways to reduce this. Is there a simple yet secure way to lengthen the stand without welding?

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I attached a 1/4" alum. plate to the bottom. It's also a little larger and gives better support on soft surfaces.

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I have my bike raised 1", and I think it's fine. The only place I have problems is on deep gravel, where any side stand would be a problem.

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I lowered mine with Kouba Links and want to make it lean more as some places it stands up too straight

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I'm impressed with your aluminum foot never. I've been thinking about that for a few days. Does it hit anything?
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No, note the different angles on it that allow clearance for cornering and the main stand.

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I lowered mine with Kouba Links and want to make it lean more as some places it stands up too straight
I took a dremel tool and ground out a small notch in the stand where it hits the stop. Small change allows the stand to move a little more forward and lean more

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Use the centerstand if you think it leans too much.

I agree, it does seem like it leans WAAAYYY over when parked. When I took mine to work one day in May (85-dgree day) when I came out ofter work, the sidestand footpad had sunk into the asphalt by about 1" so I always use the centerstand after seeing that happen to the bike.

I've also tried the trick of carrying around a flattened pop can, but it can be a hassle trying to postion it just right under the sidestand pad and then take it off again as I've gotten in the habit of leaving it in gear when parking on the sidestand (yup, I've had the dreaded roll-off-the-sidestand happen to me in the first 10 days I had the thing.)

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Use the centerstand if you think it leans too much.

I agree, it does seem like it leans WAAAYYY over when parked. When I took mine to work one day in May (85-dgree day) when I came out ofter work, the sidestand footpad had sunk into the asphalt by about 1" so I always use the centerstand after seeing that happen to the bike.(
Guess you've never seen a center stand sunk in. It will require severals people to lift the bike straight up if it sinks far enough to prevent you from rolling forward off the stand.

Get a small piece of scrap AL (3"x3") drill a hole in one corner and tie a string to it long enough to tie the other end to your hand grip. You can stand up the bike and retrieve you support without having to get back off the bike, you wont forget it and ride away and that thing can get REAL hot lying on the pavement

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