Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Newark, DE, USA
This is an odd and inconvenient kickstand, it's true.
First off, some Kraut genius with way too much time on his hands decided to link the kickstand to the clutch lever. I have to either turn the engine off or get her out of gear before the thing will even deploy. I am about to snip the cable that does that.
Secondly, I also have some of the prob you report. I stick the sidestand out, it flops back several inches, I have to engage the kickstand pad with the ground, then roll back, to make sure the stand will fold forward and lock instead of folding aft and dropping the sumbidge. I figure one day I will look into the springs. Maybe they are stretched out.
Third, she leans over so far you wonder if she's going all the way.
Some old airheads had a "switchblade" sidestand that flicked up automagically every time you tilted the bike to vertical. Everyone cussed this feature. There was a little known fix for this, though. I forget just what. A fat slotted screw that you turned half a turn or something. A whole lot of airhead jockeys installed an aftermarket sidestand, I think called a Brown sidestand, when if they had known they could just have twirled this screw. I wonder if the wee brick has a similar screw?
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