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kick stand

Postby lamasue » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:40 pm



does anyone else hate there kickstand feels like bike is too upright and not enough lean 2000 1500se



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Re: kick stand

Postby mnet7291 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:53 pm

I have a 1990 an its just right not to far either way :)

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Re: kick stand

Postby Mh434 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:11 pm

I get that feeling on mine, too. The PO put on one of those chrome, oversized-hook feet on it (which I like - there's no chance of missing the sidestand hook when parking) but, from what I've read, they do make the bike stand up a little higher. I'm VERY cautious about where I park the bike, and always look for a spot where the ground will be a little lower on my left than my right, to gain back the lost lean angle. I did try putting a little more air in the rear suspension, but it just got stiffer, not higher.

I guess I could remove the chrome sidestand foot, but I really like it, so...

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Re: kick stand

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:12 pm

It might not be the kickstand. My GL1100 sat VERY upright on the kickstand, enough that it made me nervous.

The problem was actually the rear shocks: The springs were so tired that the suspension was sagging, making the bike sit upright when on the side stand. When I replaced the shocks with new Progressive 416's, and the rear end raised back up to where it should be, it then leaned over at a good angle when on the side stand.

You could potentially do the same thing by adjusting the ride height on the rear shocks - lift the back end up, which will make it lean over more when on the side stand.

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Re: kick stand

Postby Mh434 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:11 pm

From what I can tell from the schematics, there doesn't appear to be a preload adjustment on the non-air shock. Too bad - that would make it easy! I guess it would be possible to remove the shock, pull off the hat & spring, make up a, say, 1/2" thick washer (spacer, below the spring), slide it down to the bottom saddle, then put the spring etc. back on & reinstall. Theoretically, that would raise the bike a fair bit at the back. Probably need a spring compressor to do it, though. Not sure if it would put undue stress on the air shock on rebound?

In my case, the OEM springs are fairly soft (which my wife loves), probably letting the bike sit a bit low, but the damper action is still good. As a result, I'm not in a hurry to install Progressives (had 'em on my Kawasaki Concours, they were great).

Hmmm. Going to have to ponder on this...

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Re: kick stand

Postby MikeB » Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:57 pm

Some after market sidestands make the bike sit more upright. The stand can be modified or you can acquire an OEM sidestand.
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Re: kick stand

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:35 pm

MikeB wrote:Some after market sidestands make the bike sit more upright. The stand can be modified or you can acquire an OEM sidestand.


You can also modify the stand mounting bracket - file away a bit at the front, to allow the kickstand to swing forward slightly more, which will allow the bike to lean over a bit more.




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