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View Poll Results: Would you buy an adjustable side stand as a farkle to your V-Strom?
No, I am not lazy to repark the bike where the surface is OK and anyhow I have insurance. 16 44.44%
Well, I would give 10-50 US$ for it. 10 27.78%
Yes. Great idea, worth me 50-100 US$ 7 19.44%
Of course! It is a must on a V-Strom. Money not an issue 100-200 US$ 1 2.78%
I would pay even 200+ US$ just to sponsor the inventor :-)) 2 5.56%
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post #1 of 33 Old 09-23-2006, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Adjustable side stand - would you buy? UPDATED WITH PICS

Also with my previous bikes I sometimes realized that when I stopped (pavement or gravel no matter) where the ground was not horizontal I was in trouble using the side stand.
With my lowered Strom I face it very often!

1. the ground slopes to the left
The stand proves to be short, the bike leans too much. Too much weight on the stand, hard to stand the bike up when take off, stand can easily sink.

2. the ground slopes to the right
The stand proves to be long, the bike leans not enough for secure/stable position, the bike can tip over.

Anyhow I am developing a side stand for my own with adjustable length. There will be 4 positions where its length can be easily locked. In the 2nd longest position it will be same long as the stock one. So I will have 2 shorter option: one for the horizontal and one for the case mentioned in 2nd point above.
It will be designed the length to be operated by left foot and the whole stand needs only the same maintenance as the stocker (sometimes lubing).

I am wondering if you consider it as a useful mod? Also interested for those whose bike isn't lowered?
Please poll if you would buy one and for how much?

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post #2 of 33 Old 09-23-2006, 06:41 PM
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no, id just park some where else, sorry mate

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I think it's a great idea. I'll buy one.

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The question I have is how it will it be adjusted when sitting on the bike before parking. If getting off the bike is required, the adjustment is of limited value. If the adjustment could be made while sitting on the bike, it could be very useful. I picture a large, threaded tube with a large diameter motorized screw at the end. I have seen a Gold Wing with a hydraulic centerstand.

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I would be interested if only because I had a simmilar idea . Mine system was going to utilize a pneumatic seal system much like a gas pressureized deck lid support from a truck cap :roll:
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Sounds like a lot of trouble, why not just find a level place to park? Is it hard to be on the level in Hungary? :?
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Had a little grinding done to the side stand so it will swing forward a little further and allow the bike to be parked as safe as before the lowering links. That is the upside. The downside is the fact that the bike is so low with luggage loaded and SO on board the side stand will swing down and hit the ground before it gets into the fully down position. Simple cure, SO gets off first then I park the bike.

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Balazs, I'd certainly buy one . . . i'd also suggest a slightly bigger footprint.

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Thanks to all for the feedback so far...

OK it seems I didn't give enough info about the project.

The idea was born first because my bike is lowered. Later come to my mind all the other above mentioned reasons (which I thought would be useful for others as well). I want a stand that is cheap, reliable, almost maintenance-free and does the job what I intend with it to do.

Comments for the doubters:

greywolf
Of course the stand can be adjusted while sitting on the bike with your left foot (in case you sit on the bike in the normal position 8) ). It is pure mechanical to be easy to manufacture and cheap.

water warrior
I don't want to grind.
- I would loose the originality of the bike
- It would be hard to restore if selling the bike and/or putting the original dog bones links back
- With the grinding the forces would act more to bend the stand

mikevstrom
Footprint will be larger and its angle will be self-adjusted to match the actual surface

There will also be a resetting mechanism that will allow the rider to reset the length to the minimum by a kick on the stand while it is put out but unloaded.
The minimal length can also be preset by the actual owner depending on the bike is lowered or not. (that will require some simple tool like a screwdriver or so)

Conclusions so far:

- dellboy and vinny aren't lazy
- the others are like Maecenas :lol:

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