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post #1 of 12 Old 07-07-2008, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bike falls over too easy

Just got a 2008. I love it, but it seems to sit up too straight. It doesn't take much pressure to knock the bike over.
I am afraid a strong wind or an accidental bump from someone getting out of their car will knock the bike over.
This is my first bike, so I don't know how normal this is. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-07-2008, 09:31 PM
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We have started taking about an inch of metal out of the lower part of the kickstand to allow the bike to lean more and not be as easy to fall over with wind or if someone knocks into it. They sit too straight from the factory. The only thing that helps short of cutting the stand is a one inch rise.

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-07-2008, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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kickstand

Did you have to do that to yours?

I'm a little irritated at Kawasaki that:

1) This doo hickey thing is still jacked up after 20 years of complaints
2) I have to cut my stand just to keep my bike from falling over
3) They have plastic (of all things) for a skidplate
4) The bolts vibrate loose (c'mon, it's 2008 and they can't make bolts that stay on?!)

These are silly problems that are cheap and easily addressed.

I still love the bike, but...AHHHHH!

Anyway, thanks for the help.
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If the bike came out of the factory perfect, what would we all have left to wrench on?

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There is a reason that it is the least expensive 650 DS out there you know! At least the final drive doesn't fly apart like BMW's and a gas tank doesn't cost $800 like KTM. LOL

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post #6 of 12 Old 07-08-2008, 08:50 AM
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I know it seems irritating, but at least my bike gives me something to do during the winter months...LOL

Yes we did the mods to the stands ourselves along with everything else we've done. I just enjoy piddling on the thing, so I guess I don't get too excited over the smaller issues the bike has. What I do like about it, is that it is dependable, bullet proof, and will pretty much do whatever I ask of it.

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I figure if it came from the factory completely perfect, how would you make it your own?

I like making changes to my KLR.. Stickers, seat, top box, windshield mod, etc...

I have a bike that's pretty much perfect from the factory. It's my 2008 Goldwing, or as my friends are calling it, the Limo..
The only thing I could change to make it better was to ad an accesory outlet (most wouldn't notice it) and I added a GPS..

Other than that, I get on, turn the stereo up and ride.. It's very, very nice, and does exactly what I intended it for (long distance and 2 up riding) but the KLR still makes me grin..
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1 inch?

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We have started taking about an inch of metal out of the lower part of the kickstand to allow the bike to lean more and not be as easy to fall over with wind or if someone knocks into it. They sit too straight from the factory. The only thing that helps short of cutting the stand is a one inch rise.
You seriously took an inch out of the bottom part. I plan to cut mine down but thought 1/2 inch max would work. The bottom part is pretty vertical is why I thought this, maybe an inch out of the middle part.

Mine took a dive on a day while I was at work. I think the wind was just right and sheared off a building I was parked by but did noone the less right on a CURB. On a positive note, Loctite makes a plastic quick set epoxy that works really well on the hard plastic up front.



BEFORE. Notice how the plastic surrounding the bolt is busted free of the rest of fairing.




AFTER. Over 500 miles and no stress cracks.


Still don't know how well paint will bond to it. I haven't gotten the heart to repainting her yet since the paint job was only 2 weeks old when she fell.
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DX's bike is a pre-08' which has a different side stand. On the older bikes, the stand is straight tubing.
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-08-2008, 09:13 PM
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On our style and the 08's we cut right at the very bottom where the foot is and then weld back around. We leave the bike leaning over on the stand while we cut. One person slightly holding some weight up so the disk will cut the tube. Try a 1/2 inch first let it sit down on the foot. If it is not enough do a bit more and then a bit more till you get the desired lean. Takes us maybe all of 20 minutes to cut and finish one. Leaving it leaned over gives you the correct angle to cut to mount the foot back to the tube. Hope this helps some. We also go ahead and weld a 2 inch washer to the bottom of the foot for a bigger print in sand, dirt and hot blacktop. Have not had it sink at all since doing this and have set them down on some very soupy muddy ground.

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