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post #1 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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2012 bleeping kickstand !

im so ticked on its first trip out didnt leave fairbanks after picking up bike at dealer off showroom floor .. loaded up stopped for a burger than on to anchorage for 320 mile break in run .. i get off bike order a burger and someone comes running in saying bike fell over ..

i get out there and yep its on its side broke the hand guard and pushed in the bar ends locking up throttle .. put it back on its stand and as i was looking bike over it does it again ..

now totally pissed i run back over to dealer ready to knock someone out .they tell they never heard of this problem before .. as it falls down yet again as thier mechanic tells me nothings wrong with the bike ..

why hasnt kawi fixed this yet ? cant believe after all these years they hadnt shorten the stand by a inch or so .. i cant keep anything nice ..

i ended up cutting stand while in anchorage at a buddys shop and rewelding the foot back on .. much better ..
but we ended up doing a 1500 mile trip doing a big figure 8 across my home state camping and biking for whole week .. cracked fairing and all .. pics coming soon .
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post #2 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 08:17 AM
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Wayne, I feel your pain! Yep, they fall over when loaded in their stock form. I found myself hunting for dips in parking lots to put the kickstand into so it wouldn't happen... AGAIN! Used to pump gas with one foot standing on the shoe of the kickstand. Always stood back and looked at the "angle of the dangle" so to speak before walking away, sometimes lifting up on the rear end hoping to improve her attitude. Frustrating for sure.

The stock rear shock comes set up for a 140lb Japaneese person. Even cranking the adjuster up to 5 nets you little help for a load. I thought of shortening the kickstand like you did but figured that I'd still have a crap shock. So I ponied up the funds for a Cogent Dynamics suspension and am happy with the results. No more squatting when loaded (at least not near as much) and a superior ride with better handling.

Now, what is the remedy for the fragile plastic on these things? You look at it wrong and it'll crack. Fortunately, Gorilla Tape comes in black to match my fairing. Too bad that guy never got his business off the ground that was going to make the flexible aftermarket parts.

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post #3 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 11:38 AM
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Yeah, that sucks. I'm a firm believer that you should just push a new bike over right there in the showroom before you even ride it. It's gonna happen so just get it over with right from the start. Not really, but that's the way it seems.
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post #4 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 12:06 PM
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Got tired of picking mine up so I took the stand off, scratched a reference line up the side and chopped saw 1" out of it. Found a bolt in the shop with a shank the same diameter as the inside, cut 2" out of it and hammered it into the 2 pieces. Aligned the reference line, welded it back together and painted it. No more falling over, even loaded. Wish I did it day one, then my new full face helmet wouldn't show parking lot scratches like it does.
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post #5 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 02:39 PM
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What we really need is a longer sidestand with more angle so the bike has a wider foot print with more lean, loaded or not.
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post #6 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 04:33 PM
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Does it fall over on flat concrete? For my Gen 1, that is certainly not normal.

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post #7 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 08:46 PM
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Yeah man.i feel for ya. I just picked up a black 2012 last week. I've noticed that you gotta kinda pick up on it and make sure it's hangin to the far left. I think I may cut my stand down also.

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post #8 of 29 Old 07-08-2012, 09:59 PM
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I always park the bike with the stand on the down hill side and its never fallen. I haven't been heavily loaded down thou, but I think, after listening to these story, I will trim the stand. It's messed up, what happened to your bike, it's cool that you shared and helped the rest of us out, Thanks
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post #9 of 29 Old 07-09-2012, 09:18 AM
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Oh, I get it now, stock suspension, and a heavy load... Yup, that probably would do it.

The sidestand isn't the problem, the suspension is.
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post #10 of 29 Old 07-09-2012, 10:00 AM
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Shortly after getting my new '09, I noticed the sidestand was rubbing on the swingarm when up, so something obviously wasn't right.

I'm trying to picture it, but I think that condition would result in putting the stand at an angle where it would be less effective.

I checked the bolt and didn't find any problems there, so I don't know if the mounting bracket wasn't right or maybe the stand arm itself was maybe bent a little.

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