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Spinning the V in a small area

Did not find anything like this on the forum so decided to add it.

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Takes some practice however.
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I just do a 3 point turn and back her in! Takes about 20 more seconds though...
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First time i saw that was a couple of weeks ago. a guy with a super duke spun his around and i said wow cool. Then his buddy on a ducati tried and lost his footing dropping the bike on himself then i said wow not so cool....

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First time i saw that was a couple of weeks ago. a guy with a super duke spun his around and i said wow cool. Then his buddy on a ducati tried and lost his footing dropping the bike on himself then i said wow not so cool....
Hmm...i have been doing that since a couple of days and never felt it could happen. Was he on unstable ground?
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Hmm...i have been doing that since a couple of days and never felt it could happen. Was he on unstable ground?
Nope. tripped over his own feet

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I would be concerned with a sudden pop when the kickstand breaks off....
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Nope. tripped over his own feet
Anyway, what would be uncool to my opinion is that this guy stopped trying because he failed once. But chances are that he figured out what went wrong and now he has acquired a new skill.

This is the basics for learning something new, trials and errors. I raise my hat to this guy who most likely now spin his bike on a dime (literally)

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I've seen mechanics do this....not game to try it myself though
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The V is light enough to do that

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I would never put that much stress on my kickstand. You may or may not get away with it but why risk it. Oh well, it's not my bike so rock on. I want to see someone do that using their back wheel.
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I guess one could also use some of these... “As seen on TV”


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I have seen this done, but usually by staff in motorbike shop. As someone else said, I would not like to subject my kickstand to that, too often.

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I've done it a couple of time today on my offroad ride at place it was difficult to make a 3 point turn. It was so much less effort than pulling the bike. I'll keep an eye on the kick stand to see if it bend.
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I would never put that much stress on my kickstand. You may or may not get away with it but why risk it. Oh well, it's not my bike so rock on. I want to see someone do that using their back wheel.
+1 . The kick stand is design for side stand support of the bike only-IMHO.

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Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD.

This puts over 400 pounds on the stand and frame lug. At best, eventually the stand will become loose and floppy. At worst, the frame lug will snap off, and that's almost impossible to repair properly.

This is something that should NEVER be done with a Ducati. There's no frame to mount the stand to, so it's bolted directly to the crankcase. And the stand has been known to rip out, taking a big hunk of the crankcase along with it.

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I don't trust the sidestand enough to do this. But I do it on my other bikes on their center stands...

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I just do a 3 point turn and back her in! Takes about 20 more seconds though...
I'm with Capn Kirk.
I don't think I eat enough Wheaties to pull this off anyways.
With respect to seeing this at the local shop. My local shop is the dealer if I ever saw them try this trick
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My MSF Instructor did that with his Gold Wing and he was no hulk.

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I would never do it on mine because when i first got the bike i had an injury and had to stand on the peg to get my leg over. Noticed my bike leans over more than most bikes checked it out the plate were the side stand attaches was bent. Got it straightened out but it seems like it back to its deep lean. I'm big enough to spin my bike like a top i just know that much weight on the side stand is not a good thing on the Versys.

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My MSF Instructor did that with his Gold Wing and he was no hulk.
I would never do that with a GoldWing!,.. It has reverse drive
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