Since it was brand new, I was nervous about the smallish sidestand foot on our heavy GTs and the lean in of the bike when parked as well. So,... I started to look for something that would work better and found the links left by some of you about aftermarket foot extenders. Last winter, I bought and installed a unit by Hornig that cost about $40. The quality is great and it works very well. I haven't left any footprints in the hot asphalt all summer long, and the foot actually raises the angle of the parked bike to one I like better - most of the time.
The only complaint I have had is that occasionally I find myself in a situation where the parking angle is too upright - like on the shoulder of a road that crowns off pretty sharply. Then I have to angle the bike into the pitch more to make a more comfortable lean in the parking angle.
Another of your warnings was that these foot extenders can end up becoming grinding points on sharp left hand sweeps. Well, this past weekend I did some pretty aggressive riding (for me), and sure enough, I managed to loose a little weight off the foot of the sidestand. I'm just glad it wasn't something expensive.
Thought I might share a couple of photos with you.
Here is the leading edge of the foot now. It's pretty obvious where the grinding occurred.
Here is a picture on the centerstand in my garage with the sidestand up.
And here is one from the front of the bike trying to look down the side. Hummmmm,... I must have had that baby leaned over a bit - and with side cases and all.
If you are interested in the trip report where this happened, visit the link below. A very twisty mountain road with many corners signed as low as 15 mph.