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Side stand only?

I noticed due to the muffler placement the V has no center stand. I was wondering if this has become an issue as the V seems to have a high center of gravity and might be more prone to tipping over than a lower CG bike. Around here a lot of lots are gravel or dirt and it may be a problem. I usually try to put something under the stand when I use a side stand but on my current bike I use the center stand a lot.

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If parking on soft ground put a rock under or bit of wood under your stand or buy a stand with a bigger footprint

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I installed the motowerk flatfoot and it works great. There are cheaper ways, crushed soda can, piece of wood, etc but none are as easy as the flatfoot. Once you install it you don't have to think about it ever again. Where as many of the other options you can easily forget to put something under the kick stand.

I was riding with my girlfriend and we stopped at a restaurant. She has an ER-6n and parked on pavement with just the bare kickstand. When we came back to the bikes after eating, her kickstand sunk into the pavement about a half inch. It wasn't even that hot, low to mid 80's and the bikes were only parked for a half hour. My bike on the other hand did no damage to the pavement at all. I'm just glad her bike didn't fall over. The flatfoot is now on the top of her list, for farkles.

A member of this forum has been working on a center stand.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...t=center+stand


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+5 on the flatfoot; http://motowerk.com/Flatfoot.aspx

One of the forum members is working on a centerstand, but it's still a work in progress. I'm sure he'll be getting a flood of orders (including mine) once he's worked it out.

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Those look nice....yikes $45 I know its cheap compared to the damage from a drop.

The question I guess I am asking is not how to prevent it tipping over but has it been a problem more than on other bikes.
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Would presume that most of the drops happen from not putting the stand down all the way, rather than sinking through the ground
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I agree with kiwi 41. As long as you use your head when parking and make sure the kick stand is down all the way that takes care of most the potential dropping hazard. I can be a bit paranoid about where and how I park my bike but I can say my Versys has never been down.


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I would guess one good habit to avoid forgetting the sidestand is to turn off the bike with the stand and in gear instead of switching off the key (afterwards you can of course switch off the key)
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Beware of blacktop parking lots on a hot day. I want one of those speedy flat foot add on's but just cant bring myself to pay $45 for it.
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I agree with kiwi 41. As long as you use your head when parking and make sure the kick stand is down all the way that takes care of most the potential dropping hazard. I can be a bit paranoid about where and how I park my bike but I can say my Versys has never been down.
A little to add to above... I always park with the front "uphill" so that the bike is always trying to roll backward thus keeping the stand in the best position. I also give the kickstand a little pull away from the bike (spring tension) as I lower the weight to the stand. This leans the bike a little farther as well.

I also have the lowering kit and Flatfoot from Speedy. Never had any hint of sinking into hot pavement.
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I have a Sink-No-Bob (Dirtbike/Heavy-Duty Model) that moved to the Versys when I traded in the KLR. So far, it works great...the only downside is that I have to reposition it slightly each time I put the bike on the side stand, as it tends to shift a bit.

At some point, I'll bite the bullet and get a flatfoot (Speedy's or TwinheadlightEarnie's) or find someone who can weld something permanently to the sidestand. Until then, the sink-no-bob will stay.

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I hope I got the pic attached. I cut the original foot off, with a "parallel to the ground" cut. I took a wooden dowel, ground down to a little bigger than the hollow kick stand. I hammered the dowel into the kickstand until it wouldn't go any further, then I cut it off flush with the new, angled bottom of the kickstand. I had cut an octogon out of 1/8 inch flat iron, drilled a hole in the middle, then I attached the octogon to the bottom of the kick stand with a lag bolt, into the wooden dowel. I'll be riding to a welder and get him to wrap a bead around the octogon, remove the bolt from the bottom and viola! ...BigFlatFoot....
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..... remove the bolt from the bottom and viola! ...BigFlatFoot....
Yes indeed! Good job..
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The question I guess I am asking is not how to prevent it tipping over but has it been a problem more than on other bikes.
evidently not.

lots of actions taken to avoid this "problem" but no actual reports of a problem.

Kirk, i park uphill too, but only because i'm too short to push uphill backwards form the saddle.

In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy?
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Kirk, i park uphill too, but only because i'm too short to push uphill backwards form the saddle.
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Ok well I guess it's not an issue good to know....thanks
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