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Shortened side stand

I have noticed that the V stands rather upright.... Hence the fall over my bike had a while ago (thats another story)

I was wondering if anyone has reduced the length of the side stand, and if so how many "mm's" (inches??) did you remove?

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This is strange. It doesn't seem like my bike stands too much upright. I would be scared of shortening the stand because it could topple over to the port side rather than starboard. Are you sure you're not parking on an incline?
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It is pretty upright on it's stand. I'm just careful about where I park it. The only time it was ever an issue was when I was parked on grass and tried to use a 2X4 under the stand to prevent sinking. That didn't work, had to find something else.

I agree with Charly, I think it might lean too far the other way if you shave it. But I'm no engineer.

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My other two bikes lean quite a bit more than my V giving the bikes a lot more to work with for slopes. The V stands much too upright, I'm always having to adjust it when I park to make sure it's not going to tip over.

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I took off 1.5 inches because I lowered the bike with links. However, I agree that the stock bike was too upright and would have lowered the stand by 3/4 inch without the links. It is very easy to cut off the stand with a dremel, but you'll need to buy a flat foot to bolt on after cutting it off and you'll need to account for whatever added length the flat foot adds back on.
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It is a very upright position when parked. I have to make sure that the ground is level or that the kickstand is on the downhill slope. It it is an uphill slope, it is not stable.

I always pull the kickstand down, then I give it a tug OUTWARD with my foot to make it a less upright stance.
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This is really odd because my Versys leans over just as much as my other bikes on the side stand.

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So does mine.....
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Wish it had a center stand.
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You don't have to shorten the kickstand.
Instead, you can use the standard flatfoot.
It looks good, works well, and provides the extra stability and support needed, without being heavy or getting in the way like a center stand would. The added benefit of using the standard flatfoot is that it will adjust to the surface, if the surface is not level. The flatfoot will also not sink in the sand or grass.

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speedy's FatFoot is the only way to live easy 5 min. install and works GREAT, the mirror extenders are also well worth the bucks!
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So does mine.....

Yeah I am not sure I would want my bike leaning over any more than this. I checked them all this weekend and my Versys actually leans over more than all my other bikes. This is stock suspension and stock side stand.


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Yeah I am not sure I would want my bike leaning over any more than this. I checked them all this weekend and my Versys actually leans over more than all my other bikes. This is stock suspension and stock side stand.
Your bike leans plenty.

Odd my bike doesn't. From day one I've never been pleased with the kickstand, it always seems to want to kick back the other direction so easily. Any other bike I've had I've never given the kickstand much thought until I got the V. In my opinion it could have been engineered better.

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Odd my bike doesn't. From day one I've never been pleased with the kickstand, it always seems to want to kick back the other direction so easily.
Mine doesn’t do that either, very odd..... For the most part the side stand on my Versys is the same as any other side stand I have operated. Makes me wonder if the 2008s were different?

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I think the stock stick is okay. How it leans depends how the the handlebars are positioned.

My only dislike is that that the stand foot print is too small. After fixing Speedy's flatfoot, my V have a sure footing.


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