2008 GL1800 Kickstand


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LouG
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2008 GL1800 Kickstand

Postby LouG » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:23 pm



The kickstand on my bike doesn't snap open or closed like I think it should. It can easily be moved to any position and when I'm rolling the bike for whatever reason, the kickstand moves out of the full down position, if I am not carefull in lifting the bike high enough. The bike is heavy and when I roll it, I like to keep it as low as possible. I'm also concerned that when I'm riding, I could accidently rest my left heel on the stand and move it. This could potentially shut the engine off. Do you all experience the same with your kickstands? What do you all think of using a kickstand with a stronger spring?

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Re: 2008 GL1800 Kickstand

Postby Keyboard » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:38 pm

First, the GL1800 sidestand does not snap open. So you'll have to continue with lifting the bike off of the sidestand to move it forward as you've discovered. Also (and most importantly) be sure that you are not parked on a decline with the bike in neutral. Otherwise it will roll off the sidestand. If you have no choice, then engage the reverse button to keep it from rolling forward. Just remember to disengage the reverse button when ready to ride.

Second, the sidestand should snap closed. I had a similar problem several years ago. The solution was to take the sidestand off and grease around the pivot points.

Third, another possbile problem is that the sidestand has bent the part where it bolts in. Thus, it does not rotate freely (see part #8):
http://www.hdlparts.com/fiche_image_popup.asp?fveh=12120&section=526971&year=2008&make=Honda&category=Motorcycles&dc=2291&name=STAND.
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Re: 2008 GL1800 Kickstand

Postby LouG » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:52 am

Hi Keyboard,

Thanks for the reply. I was up at Americade and my email wasn't working right and I couldn't post a reply. I sprayed white grease in and around the kickstand a few weeks ago and it didn't seem to do much. As you've said, it should snap close better than it does. I'll look more closely to try and see what's going on.

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Re: 2008 GL1800 Kickstand

Postby Keyboard » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:04 pm

Did you take the sidestand apart before greasing? If not, then the best thing to do is to take it apart, then grease all around where it pivots.

Another issue just came to mind: The sidestand bolts may be torqued too tight, and thus preventing it from moving freely. Once you take the sidestand apart you can grease and retorque it properly.
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Re: 2008 GL1800 Kickstand

Postby thrasherg » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:17 am

As mentioned by keyboard, just spraying grease around the pivot area is unlikely to do very much. You need to dismantle the stand (remove the spring, carefull it's quite strong, then undo the one bolt) clean all surfaces and then reassemble with a good grease (graphite based or marine) and you should be good to go.

Gary




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