:- )) Well, I finally got around to doing a little alteration.. There are two locations that I modified :
1.There is a little piece that looks like a boomerang. The spring attaches to the bottom of this piece. I took a Dremel tool and carefully and slowly ( stopping and trying it out and measuring multiple times) removed a little metal at the "bend of the boomerang" and very slightly above the bend. In total , I removed about 0.120 inches. Not very much !!
2. On the top part of the kickstand itself , there is a little metal "bumper" that limits the forward motion of the kickstand....I carefully ground that down , too. I'm guessing that I removed about 0.100 inches but this is only a guess because it was too awkward to measure ( before and after).
3. I also sprayed a little lube on the pivot of the kickstand. It was dry and I didn't think it would hurt.
Results: Before I started, when I would use my foot to extend the kickstand...the stand would go down and stop about 3/8 inch before hitting the stop. The spring didn't have enough "pull" to pull it over center. When you used your toe to push it into place, it was just barely over center and if the bike moved at all , the stand would retract a bit....down goes the bike !
Now..... when I use my foot to extend the kickstand, it "snaps" down , into place. The stand also goes just a little further forward so that it is more "over center". I got on the bike and put the stand down and then rocked the bike forward and backward, tried to get the stand to retract by itself and couldn't make it happen !! I'm not saying it couldn't happen and I will still keep it in gear when I park it but I am much happier with it now !! By the way, the stand still snaps up when you want it to , also....... Disclaimer....I haven't ridden it since doing this.
Hope you find this interesting.... mike
Last edited by mike28w; 06-08-2016 at 08:22 PM.