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Problem with the kickstand??

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-31-2010, 07:32 PM
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I always squeeze the front brake when getting on or off any bike than rollit forward in first gear until it stops than set it down. This has been covered before on another post but I wonder if the stop can be ground down to allow the stand to move forward a little bit more.
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There is a problem with the kickstand.
It can kick up if nudged forward and not fully down.
The stand footprint is small but can be solved with Speedy's flatfoot.
http://motowerk.com/Flatfoot.aspx
IMO, stopping and switching off in 1st might be a good idea.

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The very first time I brought the bike home I almost dropped it because of the kick-stand.
Since then I learned how to deal with it and always double and triple check it before dismounting and letting the handlebars.
Its construction seems very week to me and I always feel it's going to snap.
I would love to find a solution for improving it beside the "Flatfoot"...


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Ive only had a problem when the bike was facing down a slope
outside of that its just famialarity... theres always changes to familiar routines you have to learn whenever you switch things be that bikes, cars, shoes whatever
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I had exactly the same problem the first day I brought my V home. But no problem since I installed the Speedy Flatfoot. I also use the hand brake when dismounting, and park in first gear.
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 11:43 AM
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I had a problem with the kick stand when it started to rain in the fall and it turns out my driveway isn't as well packed as I thought it was. The kickstand sunk into the gravel and the bike tipped over.
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 12:28 PM
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You definitely have to get it set all the way forward, but I have never had a problem once it was set. Speedy's flatfoot is great.

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I haven't dropped mine due to the kickstand, but it does take a little getting used to. The best practice for me- level ground, kickstand all the way down, then lean a little to the left and it will slip over just a bit and then it is totally stable. I get on and off like a horse due(stand on the left peg and swing my leg over the saddle) to the tailbag setup I have and have never had an issue with my weight swinging over the bike with the stand supporting it.

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I usually hold the brake as I get on and off. I also park the bike in gear so as to prevent a forward roll off the stand.
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I ALWAYS give it a kick out with my foot to get it pushed out all the way. Pain in the neck but required so it does not slip.
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"I always squeeze the front brake when getting on or off any bike "

I learned that in my riders course last spring. Good tip!
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I ALWAYS give it a kick out with my foot to get it pushed out all the way. Pain in the neck but required so it does not slip.
That is the key...you have to make sure it is all the way out.

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make sure it's all the way, and the flat foot is great.
hate to repeat what everyone else said... but they got it right


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you guys are great!!!

thanks so much for your support.!!


cant wait for spring!!

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I was thinking that i should also no park on flat or downhill, but slightly uphill to keep the stand tight.
Either face it uphill with engine off and in 1st gear and allow it to roll back till it stops , or have it in 1st gear , turned off and roll bike all the way forward untill the bike stops and then put down the stand all the way forward . If you don't do this properly , then the Ghost will get you and your insurance company won't belive you ...... Here is a prime example of not parking properly, LINK----> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=090GMYjfzOg

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I usually hold the brake as I get on and off. I also park the bike in gear so as to prevent a forward roll off the stand.
This is what I do too...always leave the bike in 1st gear to insure the bike will not roll.
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I put the kick stand down and them I let it slide on the ground until there is no movement. Sometime I have to shift my weight back and wiggle the bike to get it to full lock position.
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Here is what I do everytime I get off...(1) Engine to OFF(2)Leave in first gear(3)Make sure kickstand is down (very helpful), (4) After dismount, grab left handgrip and left pillion grip and slide(no lifting, leave all the wieght on the stand) bike backwards about an inch or 2. You would be stupified at the amount of slop that comes out of the stand when you do this...(5) Leave bike...

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it is reassuring to see that others have faced this issue.

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