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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-10-2018, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Sherman Stand

Had the side stand off the bike today. It seemed a bit loose so wanted to check if something was tweaked.

Man this sucker is built like a tank (Sherman or perhaps Abrams.)

Having owned a KTM 1190 prior to my V-650 I was amazed at how robust the V's stand is. If any of you have owned a KTM you will know what I am talking about. KTM should get a prize for building the worst POS side stands known to man. The are waaaaaaaaay too light and will fail and dump you and your bike on the ground at the worst possible moment.

I'm delighted to discover that Kawasaki builds a great stand. With my tail bag on the back I usually mount and dismount by standing on the left peg and throwing my right leg over or off the bike. Coming from a KTM with it's POS stand I would always feel a tad uneasy, hoping the side stand on the V would not let me down. After seeing the stand off the bike, up close and personal, it's now...No worries mate. This sucker can take a lickin and keep on ticking.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-10-2018, 05:06 PM
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Must be made by Timex. lol
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I've been using the right side mounting process. Right foot on the right peg, right hand holding front brake on and balance myself along the center of the bike as I step over and on. If I do it just right the bike is off the side stand pretty much when I settle onto the seat. No stress on the side stand at all this way.

After raking my shin down the saddle bags hard enough to bruise my entire shin and losing skin, I decided the bike was too tall and my flexibility too low to just lift a leg over and off.

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Being only 5'9" and having side cases, I usually mount-up by standing on the left peg, too. I added a wider side-stand foot from Motowerk, which makes it feel even more stable, though I imagine that might be a bit psychological.

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I haven't used the side stand method yet. I've been riding for 15 years, and this is the first bike I'd even have to consider that for. Since it's only about an inch taller than my F800 ST was, I figured I can work around it. At least now I know I can use the side stand mounting technique with confidence.

That all said, what I have been doing is straightening the front wheel and standing toward the front of the seat when I mount. Doing so does two things: It keeps the left mirror away from my arm when I mount (I kept bumping it a bit on every mount). Doing so also seems to change the angle of lean a bit and makes the seat seem just a bit lower. I keep the wheel straight when I dismount as well. Once I'm off the bike, I lift from the rear grab bar and turn the wheel to the left. For whatever reason, even with side cases, mounting/dismounting with the wheel straight feels comfortable.
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I haven't used the side stand method yet. I've been riding for 15 years, and this is the first bike I'd even have to consider that for. Since it's only about an inch taller than my F800 ST was, I figured I can work around it. At least now I know I can use the side stand mounting technique with confidence.

That all said, what I have been doing is straightening the front wheel and standing toward the front of the seat when I mount. Doing so does two things: It keeps the left mirror away from my arm when I mount (I kept bumping it a bit on every mount). Doing so also seems to change the angle of lean a bit and makes the seat seem just a bit lower. I keep the wheel straight when I dismount as well. Once I'm off the bike, I lift from the rear grab bar and turn the wheel to the left. For whatever reason, even with side cases, mounting/dismounting with the wheel straight feels comfortable.
Yes indeed, straightening the handlebars makes mounting from the left easier. If you continue to turn the handlebars to the right, it gets even easier. I've had to adjust to mounting the V since I'm right at the limit of comfortable foot contact on both sides. Turning the bars further to the right makes the job easier. YMMV
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The liability lawyers no doubt had a hand in the design..
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