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Do I have to modify the kickstand if I lower?

I'm about to lower in preparation for spring, going for about a 2-2.25" drop. How necessary will it be to change the kickstand? I'm not using speedy's blocks but I guess I can get the flatfoot if people are convinced it's the best option.

I've seen the advice to do a KLR stand swap, and I think this is what I'd really like to do, if I do that, will it also need chopped? Will any that I find fit my 2013?

I have a welder and a grinder and such but I'm exactly awesome with the welder.

Seems crazy to me that replacement kickstands are more expensive than the lowering blocks.
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yes you will need a shorter stand

you can either cut the stock one down and weld a foot back on or clamp on a larger foot

or you can use the stock stand from a 650 ninja (probably 20$)
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Thanks for the speedy reply. I park on a lot of grass/gravel, that's why the larger foot is ideal. Hmmm.
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Thanks for the speedy reply. I park on a lot of grass/gravel, that's why the larger foot is ideal. Hmmm.
yeah I park in grass and the soil around here is mostly sand so I installed a KLR650 kickstand

would be easy to shorten one of those also its mostly round tube.

see my kickstand thread..

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...kickstand.html

the picks show a piece of rock at the stand but that was from before installing the klr stand, since then I just put it down right on the sand and it has been getting parked like that daily since.
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Thanks. Your post was actually the first one I saw wrt the KLR swap. Do you know if it matters what year KLR stand I find?
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I'm about to lower in preparation for spring, going for about a 2-2.25" drop. How necessary will it be to change the kickstand? I'm not using speedy's blocks but I guess I can get the flatfoot if people are convinced it's the best option.

I've seen the advice to do a KLR stand swap, and I think this is what I'd really like to do, if I do that, will it also need chopped? Will any that I find fit my 2013?

I have a welder and a grinder and such but I'm exactly awesome with the welder.

Seems crazy to me that replacement kickstands are more expensive than the lowering blocks.
I just went through the same decision process when I lowered my 2012 with Speedy's kit, but I left the front forks up - lowered it about 1.6". Another kit from Europe looked about the same: 1.6" front forks up (std) and 2" front end adjusted down. I'd estimate the T-Rex would be similar, since I think most vendors usually just copy the innovator's product design, Speedy's.

Based on expert owners here (HondaGalToo, who also races), I got the 2012 Ninja 650 kickstand which is 1" shorter. It works perfect for me, and evidently for her as well on the fully lowered, about the same as yours. It tucks in perfect when up. But if you are parking in mud puddles, it is the same end as stock and won't help you there. Most people don't park in mud puddles though, but if you do, there are several choices (some more expensive like you mentioned.)

I got mine from ebay for $20 including shipping with new springs and nut/bolt hardware in 2 days(!) I sprayed a couple of coats of Rustoleum over night with my space heater under it, and it looks like brand new now and fits like stock in the up and down position.



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I just went through the same decision process when I lowered my 2012 with Speedy's kit, but I left the front forks up - lowered it about 1.6".
I got mine from ebay for $20 including shipping with new springs and nut/bolt hardware in 2 days(!) I sprayed a couple of coats of Rustoleum over night with my space heater under it, and it looks like brand new now and fits like stock in the up and down position.



I notice you just shot those pictures today. I am sure I could weld something up, but I would prefer something ready made, just with the exchange of the dollar and shipping, it comes close to what I paid for my lift. The question I have is that Pit stand, what you paid for it and where you bought it, last time I checked it was over $200 USD, plus shipping.
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Excellent writeup and photos kawdog, very much appreciated. Thanks.
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I got the Motowerk Flatfoot when I lowered my bike...no problems after 3 years of use...

Flatfoot for Lowering Kit for Kawasaki Versys

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Thanks. Your post was actually the first one I saw wrt the KLR swap. Do you know if it matters what year KLR stand I find?
I don't think it makes a difference but I used one from the same year range as my versys
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I don't think it makes a difference but I used one from the same year range as my versys
2008 and up have the offset, 2007 and down are straight. it's not worth cutting the KLR sidestand for a lowered bike, just use the ER6F(Ninja, EX650) sidestand.

raising the Versys is a different story, then the 2008+ KLR is the one and only.
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good info - i really like the offset one.
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I got the Motowerk Flatfoot when I lowered my bike...no problems after 3 years of use...



Flatfoot for Lowering Kit for Kawasaki Versys




I also use the flatfoot - it put my bike at a much better angle when parked and also much more secure in soft surfaces. Love it. Mine is also only lowered in rear.


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Thanks for all the info everyone. I was noticing the difference in angles. I think I'm gonna give it a shot cutting down the one I've got and then seeing what happens from there.
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if you find yourself in need of a stock one, I've got one sitting on my bench
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One more thing to keep in mind if you purchase Speedy's bolt on flatfoot (which I love, btw). The newer Versys have a wider kickstand tube (not sure if all 2nd gen, but my 2013 has the wider one). So if you get the flat foot, be sure to order it for the year and bike model kickstand you get.
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Thanks. Your post was actually the first one I saw wrt the KLR swap. Do you know if it matters what year KLR stand I find?
As jdrocks said - '08 and newer KLRs.

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So being that I have a 2011 Versys, what lowered kickstands work for me?

I found a few er6n and ninja 650's of different years on ebay
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So being that I have a 2011 Versys, what lowered kickstands work for me?

I found a few er6n and ninja 650's of different years on ebay
I believe that they should all work
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or you can use the stock stand from a 650 ninja (probably 20$)
I did exactly this and it works great. $11.00 on eBay.
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