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post #1 of 32 Old 08-10-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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My drive way is pretty level at the garage door area and I usually open the door , roll my machine out and walk back in and close the garage door and lock it and go out the side door.
So the other day I did my usual routine and pulled the door down and started walking away when I heard a sickening noise. I quickly opened the door and Yep, there she was laying on her side. My stomach started knotting up.
No damage done except a ripped grip on my left handle bar and a scratch on the mirror edge.
Anyway.....what I discovered was the friggin kickstand has NO tension in the down position. If the bike isn't sitting perfectly level and is out of gear it will roll right off the kickstand.
I am going to take the kickstand off and shorten the spring or cut a little deeper channel in the groove where it fits when in the down position. Either way, something has got to be done. Since this happened I always make sure I leave it in gear when I park it.
Anyone else have such a loose kickstand? There is dang near No spring tension on that kickstand when it is down.
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wow that's bad, i really hope it's not a wide spread issue especially for something like this.

keep us posted on how your fix goes.



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Thanks for posting this I just looked and cannot believe they did not put a locking kick stand on this machine.

Little machine shop and I should have a fix.

For now it looks like always park rear down grade and front up the grade.

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Sorry to hear that olddawg. At least it the parts damage wont cost an arm and leg. Hopefully you get it fixed soon. Sucks! maybe a tire chalk?
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The only damage was a scratched mirror and a torn left handlebar grip. Oh yeah, the shifter was bent too. Straighten the shifter, touched up edge of mirror with black paint and ordered a new grip. Total cost was $7.00 for grip.

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With this news I may invest in a center stand. Sorry to hear about this but thanks for the heads up!
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With this news I may invest in a center stand. Sorry to hear about this but thanks for the heads up!
Good choice, at least going with that you can be sure it won't fall over as easily.



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Good choice, at least going with that you can be sure it won't fall over as easily.

tested everyway I can think. just putting it in gear locks it down well
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tested everyway I can think. just putting it in gear locks it down well
Yep, that's what I'm doing now. I leave it in first gear and roll it forward as far as it will go. I also make sure it is facing any up grade that maybe available.
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Yep! Same thing!

My first ride home from dealership and parked in my parking lot which is slanted. Almost dropped the bike as it rolled forward off the stand....wrenched my right shoulder catching it but didn't drop it. I now ALWAYS park facing uphill. Will probably begin leaving it in gear when parked.
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