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post #1 of 14 Old 03-09-2015, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Side stand folded in middle

Just read a report of a 2014 which had the side stand fold in the middle of the stand tube and the bike fell over. Never heard of any side stand failures on any KLR's excepting those who allowed the bolt to be loose. Anyone hear of this as an issue?
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Owner's mounting technique/procedure?

Owner's gross WEIGHT?



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I have a Happy Trails adjustable-height center stand on my Generation 1; Happy Trails informs the owner-operator, the stand is NOT a "ride-off" stand; that is, the stand must be collapsed and stowed BEFORE the rider puts his weight on the saddle.

I wonder if the bent sidestand shown is a victim of someone mounting his bike, "the cowboy way," standing on the left peg and swinging the right leg over. Regardless, the stand should handle the stress without bending, seems to me.
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Weird. I just don't see that happening. Manufacturing defect, perhaps?



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Me too. But what's the chance of a bad section of steel tubing?

He asks, knowing that there are several here who know about that field.


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Weird. I just don't see that happening. Manufacturing defect, perhaps?
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Just askin'; did the side stand bend from the bike's weight ALONE, or . . . did the owner step on the left footpeg and swing his right leg over when mounting the bike?

And, if so, how much does the owner WEIGH?

If this information/evidence is inappropriate/inadmissible, I withdraw the questions.

If the side stand bent from the nominal weight of a static leaning KLR650 only, then . . . the case seems not unlike that of, "The Amazing [can't remember the name; "Kreskin?"], the guy who bent iron nails by mental means alone . . .

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First time in 8 years of Gen2 production that I have seen or heard of!

It might be interesting to physically weigh his side stand and an earlier production side stand.??? Have they physically 'lightened something', in error?

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His wife is posting the information. Here's what she said regarding his weight and such: "He is 240 6 feet. No weight on the bike other than him as it was just a short day trip. He does step on the peg on occasion to mount. When his bike went over he was halfway off. It really tweeked his back. I was parking and it came over on me knocking me over too pinning my foot between the shifter and my peg on my bike. This was my first time out after back surgery in September."

They both ride their own bikes and sound both sincere and experienced so I'm concluding no wrong doing on their part.

Interesting?




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Just askin'; did the side stand bend from the bike's weight ALONE, or . . . did the owner step on the left footpeg and swing his right leg over when mounting the bike?

And, if so, how much does the owner WEIGH?

If this information/evidence is inappropriate/inadmissible, I withdraw the questions.

If the side stand bent from the nominal weight of a static leaning KLR650 only, then . . . the case seems not unlike that of, "The Amazing [can't remember the name; "Kreskin?"], the guy who bent iron nails by mental means alone . . .
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I will certainly ask if they can do that.


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First time in 8 years of Gen2 production that I have seen or heard of!

It might be interesting to physically weigh his side stand and an earlier production side stand.??? Have they physically 'lightened something', in error?
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I just checked the 'parts screen', 34024-0031-18R, same part#, 2009-2015.??

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