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The Harbor Freight rear stand does NOT work on the 2015?!

I bought this rear stand today because I read it works ok on the 2015 650. But I can not get it to fit, it interferes with the rear fender. Here's the post saying someone used it on their 2015 just fine. Maybe HF changed the size of the stand!? I don't know why it doesn't work on mine.

I'm attaching a photo, you can see I can't get my hand around the handle. It's frustrating because I drove an hour to pick up this stand.
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I bought a pit bull stand to use on my 2015 The rear fender is a little longer on the 2015 than my 2008. The harbor freight stand does work on earlier models.
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I bought this rear stand today because I read it works ok on the 2015 650. But I can not get it to fit, it interferes with the rear fender. Here's the post saying someone used it on their 2015 just fine. Maybe HF changed the size of the stand!? I don't know why it doesn't work on mine.

I'm attaching a photo, you can see I can't get my hand around the handle. It's frustrating because I drove an hour to pick up this stand.
My rear stand, a different model, also interferes with the rear fender, because of the center mounted handle. I have decided to just live with it as I can easily bend the flexible plastic rear fender in while I slide the stand into position. More of a minor nuisance than a problem of epic proportions. I would expect any stand with a center mounted handle will cause this issue. The only stand I am aware of with an offset handle is the pitbull.

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I bought this rear stand today because I read it works ok on the 2015 650. But I can not get it to fit, it interferes with the rear fender. Here's the post saying someone used it on their 2015 just fine. Maybe HF changed the size of the stand!? I don't know why it doesn't work on mine.

I'm attaching a photo, you can see I can't get my hand around the handle. It's frustrating because I drove an hour to pick up this stand.
This is the stand I bought for my '15 Versys 650. It is more expensive, but it is solid as a rock and fits the bike perfectly. This is a case of "you get what you pay for". I bought the HF stand and it was very rickety when it was on the stand. Just splurge the extra $50 - you won't regret it.

https://www.amazon.com/T-Rex-Racing-...rex+rear+stand
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I bought this rear stand today because I read it works ok on the 2015 650. But I can not get it to fit, it interferes with the rear fender. Here's the post saying someone used it on their 2015 just fine. Maybe HF changed the size of the stand!? I don't know why it doesn't work on mine.

I'm attaching a photo, you can see I can't get my hand around the handle. It's frustrating because I drove an hour to pick up this stand.
Ugh... I have the same rear stand on its way to me right now... :/
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snip that bit under the plate and your good i have and use the same stand on my 08

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snip that bit under the plate and your good i have and use the same stand on my 08
That is one option. But I plan to replace the reflector with an LED tail/brake combo for additional visibility. So I want the whole fender.

I have some plans to modify the stand, but I'm not real happy about it.
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I use the HF and have no issues with it.

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I use the SAME H-F stand for my 2015 V. Initially I would catch my thumb, but then I "sectioned" 1.5" out of it, it LOOKS stock, keeps rain off my back, and no longer catches my thumb!





Probably co$t me 25 cents to do it....
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I have the harbor freight stand and a 2015 Versys 650 LT. The stand does hit the rear fender. My solution was to use a 12" X 12" X 1" paver, think I spent $2 . I just roll the bike on to the paver and now have plenty of clearance to both raise the bike and to lower it. This was a very simple and inexpensive solution for me.

Pavestone 12 in. x 12 in. Terra Cotta Concrete Step Stone-71266 - The Home Depot

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I have the harbor freight stand and a 2015 Versys 650 LT. The stand does hit the rear fender. My solution was to use a 12" X 12" X 1" paver, think I spent $2 . I just roll the bike on to the paver and now have plenty of clearance to both raise the bike and to lower it. This was a very simple and inexpensive solution for me.

Pavestone 12 in. x 12 in. Terra Cotta Concrete Step Stone-71266 - The Home Depot
Good idea. Under the rear wheel I assume.

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I use the SAME H-F stand for my 2015 V. Initially I would catch my thumb, but then I "sectioned" 1.5" out of it, it LOOKS stock, keeps rain off my back, and no longer catches my thumb!





Probably co$t me 25 cents to do it....
This is very interesting. I went out and looked at my fender and I don't see an easy way to do it. You cut a section out of the fender and reattached it?
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That is my kind of fix!
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My fender is also "bobbed" and that may be the difference it the HF one working.


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My fender is also "bobbed" and that may be the difference it the HF one working.

How did you do it and keep the reflector? If I could keep the reflector I wouldn't mind cutting it.
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Return the fancy aluminum stand to HF and get the cheaper one...
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Works fine on the 2015... no issues with the fender... doesn't need spools...
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...This is very interesting. I went out and looked at my fender and I don't see an easy way to do it. You cut a section out of the fender and reattached it?
Here are pics of the WHOLE process:





















I BELIEVE it took LESS than half an hour.

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Thank you FastEddie (again)

If Miss Jaffa comes back from the shop http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...home-just.html I will do the same.

I have the T-Rex (centre handle) rear stand and it caught the reflector from time to time and broke it last week.

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Thank you FastEddie (again)

If Miss Jaffa comes back from the shop http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...home-just.html I will do the same.

I have the T-Rex (centre handle) rear stand and it caught the reflector from time to time and broke it last week.
I'm sorry to hear about your reflector.

There are two different types of T-rex rear stands. One has a single handle in the middle. That one will hit the reflector. The other is called a "V" stand and it easily clears the reflector. I think that they call it a "V" stand because the handle is the shape of a "V". The link I gave above is for the "V" type stand.

I have attached three photos. The first shows the stand in position to lift the bike (it is slightly off center because the bike is still on the side stand) the second is a side view of the same position and the third is after the bike has been lifted. It is very easy to lift and very stable with no modifications to the bike.
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With my harbour freight stand i always put a block of wood or brick under the kick stand to have the bike as straight up as possible. Held the bike with my left hand and use my right hand to push down on the stand to lift. Very easy and no issues....

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I modified the Harbor Freight stand to make it longer. It's 2-3 inches longer now and will clear the reflector easily. I mounted the two towers further out on the handle. Since I am using 2 bolts on instead of 3, I upgraded them to grade 8 bolts, which by my rough estimates are about 10x stronger than the stock ones. I also put JB Weld over the mating surfaces.

That was probably way overkill. I could have just reused 2 of the 3 cheap bolts it came with and it would probably be fine. There's probably less than 150lbs load on each tower.

Edit - oh yea I should mention I had to drill some new holes. The 3 stock holes are not evenly spaced apart, so you can't just slide it down and reuse all the holes. I reused one set of holes, and had to drill 1 set of new holes. FYI the stock bolts are 1/4 inch diameter.
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