96 gl1500 sidestand


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96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby shinner29 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:44 am



Anyone have a lot of play in there side stand? How is the easiest way to fix this? seems like the stand are too short. My buddy has a valkrye and his stand is longer like the harley. I like the way harleys are designed, the way they lock when the weight is on them. Any input on this would be appreciated. Thank you.



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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby dvcruz » Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:14 am

I just picked up a '93 last month and I'm having the same issue. The bike seems to be tilted over way too much for my comfort. Compared to my previous '88 (which my brother now owns), this one just doesn't look right. I took the kickstand off and noticed that the mounting hole in the frame is elongated - egg shaped. It might be that way by design, but I don't know. I've been looking for a kickstand extender, but they average $50. I've been thinking about carrying a small piece of wood to rest it on, but that isn't really a fix.
With the bike on the center stand and the side stand down, there seems to be an awful lot of play in it.
If someone out there has a bike with the side stand off at the moment, could you please post a picture of the mounting whole so we can see how round or oval it should be?
I'm actually afraid that the bike will tip over when I park somewhere, so I end up using the center stand most of the time.
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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:19 pm

shinner29 wrote:Anyone have a lot of play in there side stand?


First, welcome to the forum.
I had a '92 that had a lot more play than my current '96, so it is not the way they are supposed to be.
I looked at ways of fixing it, but never could figure out a way. Thought about replacing it, but upgraded to a newer bike before I got around to it.

dvcruz wrote:I'm actually afraid that the bike will tip over when I park somewhere, so I end up using the center stand most of the time.


I use the center stand most of the time as well. I don't necessarily think that it will tip over (unless I have to park on an incline or on something soft), but still feel it's better not to take a chance at fate.
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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:23 pm

The hole is round not oval. There should be very little play at the side stand pivot. Possible shoulder bolt worn as well as the hole in the stand. There is also the possibility that the frame where it mounts is rusted out and causing a lean.
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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby dvcruz » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:47 pm

The whole is definitely not round. With the bike on the center stand, holding onto the end of the side stand, it felt like I was shaking hands with a dog sitting on it's haunches. Really. When in the up position, it is slamming against the exhaust heat shield (you can see the scar marks from the spring and kick stand).
I'm going to have to figure out a fix for it, because I'm not crazy about the center stand either. It has a ride-off stand which is slightly narrower than the stock center stand and you can only use it on a very level surface. Even in my patio, I tried to be very careful when mounting or dismounting the bike. It actually wobbles when on the stand. In fact, I'm seriously thinking about putting the stock center stand back on.
At this point, I would have to drill out the existing mounting whole and put a sleeve in it. Has anyone done this before? (Done this to the side stand itself?)
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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby Alan_Hepburn » Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:55 pm

I don't use the side stand OR the center stand, and if my bike falls over I've got other problems! :lol:
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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby Mh434 » Sat Aug 27, 2016 3:36 pm

Maybe not a permanent solution, but I had a chromed alloy "extender" on the sidestand of my bike when I bought it. I didn't like it, as I had the opposite problem - the bike hardly leaned at all, and was in danger of toppling over. The one I had was in two pieces, with allen screws holding the two halves together. The "foot" was 3/4" thick, and really lifted the left side of the bike a LOT.

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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby FM-USA » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:45 pm

I was working on my Wing today while leaned on it's right engine guard, on a padded stump of coarse.
I had to move it back & forth many times for what I was doing and noticed its lateral movement at the side stand tip (ball) to be about one inch. And in its UP position, narrowed to about 1/4 to 3/8 inch wiggle.

Of all the bikes I had, Triumph, Yamaha and 3 Honda's the side stand had some lateral movement in the down position so I take it, that is normal.
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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand - Problem solved

Postby dvcruz » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:54 pm

Hi. Just to finish off this thread...

I fixed my side stand issue. I took a 1" dia steel washer with a 1/2" dia hole, ground it down to about a third it's normal thickness and used that as a shim between the frame and "fork" of the kickstand. That took away about half the flex it had before and now I'm much more comfortable with the bike angle when using the side stand.

Total cost: 55 cents.

Thanks all for chiming in.

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Re: 96 gl1500 sidestand

Postby tprender » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:53 am

When I got my '95 it leaned a lot. Took the side stand off and saw that it was bent a little. Got my big hammer out and hammered it back to being straight. Also, the side stand has a "U" shape on the top that the bolt goes into. Hit this few time to make it a better fit. These 2 things made a big difference in the way the side stand works.




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