kickstand length


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bernyboy
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kickstand length

Post by bernyboy » Thu May 24, 2018 8:44 pm



I just put new progressive shocks on my 1984 gl1200 standard. The PO had put on 12.75 inch progressives, presumably to lower it a bit. I went back to the recommended 14.25 inch length to give me more travel. Now I am wondering if I can get a longer kickstand to compensate for the now taller bike. At present it leans too far. I know I could just get something welded on the bottom of the present stand, but I am just wondering if there is anything out there. It seems to me that I have returned my bike to more or less stock height so I would expect to be able to find an appropriate stand.



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Re: kickstand length

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu May 24, 2018 10:19 pm

The side stand is designed for a shock length eye to eye of 13.5 fully extended on centre stand. This will be less when the bike is on the side stand. I had the air shocks removed and fitted Progressive non-air on the rear of my '85 LTD - 14.5 inches. The lean angle was significantly more so I had a local welding shop weld on a 3/4 inch pad to the bottom of the side stand, works well.


I use a 3/4 inch board under the side stand when parked in the garage as this keeps the bike almost upright and prevents the usual blue smoke on start in the morning.

The longer shock will allow you to get on the centre stand, but your rear wheel will be on the ground. It's not easy getting the bike off the centre stand with the longer shock. I only use the centre stand when doing work/maintenance if required.

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Re: kickstand length

Post by bernyboy » Mon May 28, 2018 9:20 am

Well, I fixed it temporarily the good old Canadian way - I fastened a hockey puck to the bottom of the foot. The puck is 1" thick and 3" in diameter, made of dense, black rubber. I could trim it down for a neater appearance, but for now I'm leaving it full size for the greater footprint on gravel . I just drilled through the metal foot and used a couple of screws to secure the puck, then painted the screw heads black. Actually, not too obtrusive!

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Re: kickstand length

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon May 28, 2018 8:23 pm

Good idea - hadn't thought about using a hockey puck - have to do this on the bike I'm working on here at my brother's place in northern Ontario because I just installed Progressive non-air shocks from Fortnine today. Raises the bike a good inch.
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Re: kickstand length

Post by WingAdmin » Wed May 30, 2018 8:12 am

Is the puck heavy enough to knock the kickstand down if you hit a large bump?

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Re: kickstand length

Post by Rednaxs60 » Wed May 30, 2018 10:05 am

Screwed a hockey puck to the bottom of my side stand and trimmed it a bit. Not heavy enough to knock the kickstand down when riding. The hockey puck weighs less than the metal block on my other bike and it does not come down when riding.
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Re: kickstand length

Post by bernyboy » Thu May 31, 2018 7:35 am

An official puck weighs between 5.5 and 6 ounces. I haven't had any problem with my sidestand dropping as I go over bumps. I don't think it will be a problem unless the sidestand spring is very weak and ready for replacement. We went out motorcycle camping last weekend and put on about 700 km. and it worked well and the old fellas (who always come over to look at the old bike) didn't even seem to notice the puck.

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Re: kickstand length

Post by WingAdmin » Thu May 31, 2018 7:57 am

bernyboy wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 7:35 am
An official puck weighs between 5.5 and 6 ounces. I haven't had any problem with my sidestand dropping as I go over bumps. I don't think it will be a problem unless the sidestand spring is very weak and ready for replacement. We went out motorcycle camping last weekend and put on about 700 km. and it worked well and the old fellas (who always come over to look at the old bike) didn't even seem to notice the puck.
Hockey pucks have a multitude of uses!

I have one that I cut a slot in the top, about 1/2" deep and 1/4" wide. This goes on top of my trolley jack, so that it can lift the side of a car by the unibody pinch weld jack point, the same way the factory jack does, without bending the weld.

I've seen products like this that do the same thing:


But a hockey puck works just as well, and won't mar paint.

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Re: kickstand length

Post by CrystalPistol » Thu May 31, 2018 4:41 pm

My '85 has had the same 14.25" Progressives since 1998 ... it leans a good deal on side stand, same as it did with OEM. The heavy part of the bike is low down. It'll be OK.
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Re: kickstand length

Post by CrystalPistol » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:26 pm

Besides ....... if too long, the bike will want to suddenly lean right when you seat yourself.

Also, a shorter side stand means maybe less drama should you forget to raise it before taking off.


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