Rivco Sidestand Pad


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Rivco Sidestand Pad

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:13 pm



I normally carry a sidestand pad with me in my bike - a plastic disc on a string. When I park on soft ground, or on asphalt on a hot day, I'll throw it down under the sidestand to keep it from sinking into the ground and tipping the bike over. I actually had this happen to me once - I came outside on a very hot day to find my 1984 750 Interceptor taking a nap, having carved a big chunk out of the parking lot.

While visiting my brother a few weeks back, it was a very, very hot day. I parked on his driveway, and without thinking, left my bike there without using my disc (I was hot, and just wanted to get inside to the air conditioning!) I came out hours later, and noticed my GL1500 leaning over at a precarious angle. To my horror, my sidestand had created a giant pit in the middle of his driveway!

The problem is the narrow little foot on our sidestand - it doesn't provide much surface area for our large, heavy bikes:

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I decided to do something about it, and that something is this Rivco pad. They make a version for the GL1500, part number GL15013, as well as a GL1800 version, part number GL18013.

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The pad is CNC milled from a solid billet of aluminum. The bottom of the pad is smooth and anodized black.

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On the side is a set screw that securely fastens it to your existing kickstand.

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According to the instructions, some sidestands have molding flashing that needs to be ground off the bottom. Not mine - and likely not yours either, if you've been riding it for any amount of time.

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Backing out the set screw, I realized they had put some sealant on it to prevent it from backing out - and I managed to ruin it by pulling it out too far.

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No problem, I had some thread locker on hand. I used removable thread locker rather than permanent, in case I needed to remove it in future for any reason.

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A little bit of thread locker on the set screw...

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...and I screwed it in tight. It works very well, more than doubling the surface area of the sidestand, and obviating the need for a plate. As an added bonus, it lifts the sidestand by about 1/4", making the bike site up slightly straighter. With my Austone Taxi Tire, which is slightly taller than normal tires, this helps greatly to prevent the bike from leaning too far on the sidestand.

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I did have a worry about it hitting the bike when retracted, but I needn't have worried. It flips right up and has more than adequate clearance. I was unable to get it to hit the bike. It also does not interfere with my foot on the footpeg, or with shifting.

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Overall I'm happy with this accessory - it's a simple, elegant solution to a problem we all have now and then.



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Re: Rivco Sidestand Pad

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:48 pm

now that is good improvement.

my bike came with an aftermarket kickstand with the pad about 3X bigger than normal.

rarely does it ever sink into the asphalt.
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Re: Rivco Sidestand Pad

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:39 am

I gave this sidestand a good test today. We've had lots of torrential storms this past week, so the ground was not all that hard. I was out at a flea market, and parked my bike for a couple hours out on the grass. When I came back, the sidestand the the Rivco pad on it had made only the very slightest dent in the ground, and had not sunk at all. I give it a thumbs up!

After a couple hours on the grass
After a couple hours on the grass


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Re: Rivco Sidestand Pad

Post by themainviking » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:20 pm

Amazon Canada wants $125 and change for it..... yes, that is correct "One Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars" and change, plus taxes.

Amazon.com is $30


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