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Lightbulb New Kickstand Bottom Plate

Bought this recently off of EBay for less than $10. Even though it is stamped KLX250 on the inside it fits the bottom of the kickstand perfectly like it was custom made for the bike. I have to assume the bottom of all Kawasaki kickstands is the same given the great fit. (Found it by searching EBay for "Versys side stand".)

For the price of 4-5 cups of coffee you can't really go wrong. It seems well made, especially considering the cost, but I have a suspicion the screws are not stainless, and may corrode if you park outdoors all the time. It is made of what looks like machined aluminum and is black anodised. My only criticism is that it does not really lengthen the kickstand noticeably. I wanted the bike to sit more upright on the stand and although it may prevent sinking on medium soft surfaces it does not really affect the lean angle of the bike on the side stand. It roughly doubles the surface area of the kickstand bottom plate. You'll still need something with more surface area when parking on grass or soft earth though. Think I may end up reinstalling with some blue loctite to prevent screws loosening over time.

BTW - is the side stand called the kickstand or is a center stand called the kickstand?
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side stand kick stand are the same stand , center stand is also sometimes called a service stand

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In my case, I shopped around and read all the reviews and ended up buying a Motowerk flat foot. Beautiful machining, nicely built - but interferes with the swingarm - which is a known issue and the cure is drilling the bracket to bolt in a limiter for the distance the kickstand returns. Loved the size of the foot, but seemed like too much hassle. Note to self, read instructions fully before buying. D'oh! Anyone want to but a brand new Motowerk flat foot??

I ended up buying a used KLR side stand (second gen, I think) off eBay for $40, including the switch and springs. This stand is the height the V stand should be, has the dog leg to keep the foot away from the swingarm, and has a comparatively huge foot eliminating the need for another part

It lacks the... um... 'kick' part - that protruding steel thing you kick the stand down with, but the stand itself sticks out far enough, and I might add the (insert technical name here) kick part off the original V stand.

100% bolt on, no mods required. I highly recommend it. No pic handy, but can take one if needed.
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I went with a cheap-o flat foot from ebay a couple of years ago, about the same price as the OP. It is also a good fit, and the bolts have held up just fine without corrosion. I've had some ebay handguards and mirrors that rusted badly at the fasteners, but this piece has done really well. After years of sliding a puck under the stand, this has been much better.

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I went with a cheap-o flat foot from ebay a couple of years ago. After years of sliding a puck under the stand, this has been much better.
And how many times have you raised the stand, and ridden off forgetting the puck? It happens trust I know. Flat foot is the way to go.
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And how many times have you raised the stand, and ridden off forgetting the puck? It happens trust I know. Flat foot is the way to go.
That's why you tie a string to the puck and squeeze it between the hand grip and switch housing. No bending over to pick up and a lot less likely to ride off with it laying on the ground.

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I always use a MotoWerks Flat Foot with both my Versys. With the FJR i used this when needed....

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i just use this

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That's what I use on my KLR, with a string attached. IT seems to fit the whole KLR zip tie mystique.

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I ended up buying a used KLR side stand (second gen, I think) off eBay for $40, including the switch and springs. This stand is the height the V stand should be, has the dog leg to keep the foot away from the swingarm, and has a comparatively huge foot eliminating the need for another part

100% bolt on, no mods required. I highly recommend it. No pic handy, but can take one if needed.
For Gen3 650 (2015 - up) it is NOT 100% bolt on ... but close.

The KLR stand, spring and bolt are required.

The frame portion where the sidestand is attached needs to be rounded off to let the stand be brought up horizontally. Otherwise it sticks down at a 45-degree angle (not good).






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Have just placed an order for the same. Thank you for the share!
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Have just placed an order for the same. Thank you for the share!

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Bought this recently off of EBay for less than $10. Even though it is stamped KLX250 on the inside it fits the bottom of the kickstand perfectly like it was custom made for the bike. I have to assume the bottom of all Kawasaki kickstands is the same given the great fit. (Found it by searching EBay for "Versys side stand".)

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BTW - is the side stand called the kickstand or is a center stand called the kickstand?
Here's a pic of the ($3...?) Ebay foot I added to my '15. I also 'scored' the bottom of the OEM sidestand foot first w/ drill bits, then put some JB Weld into it, and tightened those three bolts. Tried to do the same for my '08, but they sent me the foot for the Gen 3 (fits..., ONCE you add in the JB Weld...)!



BOTH Vs stay upright, and have NOT sunk into ANYTHING YET.

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