Is my sidestand too short?


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NEDan
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Is my sidestand too short?

Postby NEDan » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:59 am



I seem to require more effort to upright this bike off its side stand than any bike I've owned. It is not loose or worn in any visible way. Having a bad lower back that is sore most of the time doesn't help.
Is this apparently short side stand normal?
Is there a known fix/mod?
Am I getting old?



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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:07 am

I don't think so..but they rust out on the frame right there and tend to start to bend in hard to see until the bike falls over. I'd put the bike on the center stand and pull up on the side stand see if you can move it or see if you can poke a probe into the frame at the connection point. If it's good they do sell add ons to the base which will raise it a bit.
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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby NEDan » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:45 am

Thanks I have checked for frame rust, rot and the security of the sidestand mount.
All seems fine.
Do you know where they sell an extension/add on ?

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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:18 am

I've been meaning to get a piece of the synthetic material they make deck boards from to keep in my trunk for when I use the sidestand on mine. It is about an inch thick, is pretty much impervious to the elements, and comes in 5 1/2" width. A piece squared off or cut into a circular shape, would be perfect (to me) for propping up a Goldwing. Right now, I've got a piece of 2x4 for parking on "soft" surfaces, to keep the kickstand from sinking into the earth.
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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby redbug » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:59 am

Ok ,try this.I had the same problem only to discover the top outside tang on the side stand was sprung to the outside. I removed the stand and started pre-heating the tang with a propane bottle torch. On to the vise and still heating ,snug it up, little more heat , snugged some more till it was parallel to the other tang. I let it cool in the vise. This metal is like a cast material, so not sure how much it will bend before braking, I was slow and careful. All Better... However...the bolt that goes here, (the fat one) had wear also, plus the tab it goes through, that hole also had wear. It does so well now I keep forgetting to go and order a bolt from Honda. Knowing that the bolt takes most of the wear I would rather replace a bolt now instead of trying to shrink the hole later. This all came about when the bike would not lean enough. Both rear shocks were collapsed. New set of progressive's and now she leans. Plus a lot easier to center stand. You are not old.. You are seasoned. As me. Hope this helped.
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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby WINGER3 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:27 pm

Like Redbug, my 1100 had a loose bolt at the pivot joint and caused mine to lean to much like yours, I just removed the stand and with the help of a nice ballpean hammer made it line up again, used Loctite red and re-bolted it and cured the lean. Maybe your PO added new after market shocks that are to high and that will cause the bike to lean to far or to much air if air shocks, also I alway sit on the bike when going to go for a ride and use the handle bars as a lever to right the bike, if putting on center stand I grab hand grip push the center stand down, put my weight on it and lift and push down with my foot at same time and bike will right itself and should rock onto center stand, I'm 73 and tip the morning scale @ 225lb. that does help. Hope this helps, ride safe. :mrgreen:

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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:52 pm

Replace rear shocks. then it will pop right up! I would suggest progressive 412 non air. about $300. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:06 pm

NEDan wrote:I seem to require more effort to upright this bike off its side stand than any bike I've owned. It is not loose or worn in any visible way. Having a bad lower back that is sore most of the time doesn't help.
Is this apparently short side stand normal?
Is there a known fix/mod?
Am I getting old?

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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:08 pm

NEDan wrote:I seem to require more effort to upright this bike off its side stand than any bike I've owned. It is not loose or worn in any visible way. Having a bad lower back that is sore most of the time doesn't help.
Is this apparently short side stand normal?
Is there a known fix/mod?
Am I getting old?

I see nothing on this post that suggest rust! Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Is my sidestand too short?

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:07 pm

I have one on my 1500 it's like a clamp that bolts aroudn the foot of the stand..but it was on the bike when I bought it..so I don't know where it came from..JC or wings and things or cyclemax

here's one for the 1500

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... ension/190


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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