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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Kickstand length

Just installed the hyperpro rear shock spring on my versys to lower it. Realy happy with the ride improvement. My question is to anyone that has lowered their bike either with the spring or with a link. How much did you shorten the kickstand after lowering the bike?
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Best guess is about and inch and a half.

Here is a closeup of mine so you can estimate based on the pin!

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Perfect, I was looking for a picture relative to the pin too!

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So we have choice of lowering with spring or with speedys kit? wonder what is best? guess I have to do a search! lol
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How much did you shorten the kickstand after lowering the bike?
I didn't, got an old ER6 (Ninja 650) one of Eb*y - kept the original one to put back on if I raise bike again to sell.

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Just curious, have you checked to see how far the bike leans over on the side stand before shortening the side stand? The reason I ask is I have lowered the rear of my V with a Speedy's link, and I have raised the front fork tubes as much as possible in the triple clamps without touching the side stand. The bike still leans well over on the side stand, it just doesn't feel so figgin' top heavy when I raise it off the side stand. Sometimes I wonder if I've got the wrong side stand on my V.

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My used V came lowered with a Speedy flat foot and I think the kickstand is stock length. I believe the Speedy flat foot makes the kickstand slightly shorter so it has an acceptable lean. However, comparing to other Kawis at the dealer, the lean angle is not as much.

Also, when parked on a smooth flat spot (i.e. garage) I can see that the flat foot does not sit level on the ground because the kickstand is too long and the bike is not leaning as much as designed. So I am planning to cut a mere 1/4" off of my kickstand.

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Thanks for all the reply's. I have decided to shorten it 1 1/2" and put a slightly larger diameter foot on. To answer a few questions.

Yes I have checked the lean after lowering the back and dropping the front forks. It will stay upright at stock length but I think any chance of being on uneven ground could be an issue.

I looked into both the lowering link and spring, and decided to go with the spring to not only lower but also give a softer ride. The spring has done a really good job at both. I am really happy with the way the bike rides and handles now.
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