AHHHH! F***ing kick stand!! - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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AHHHH! F***ing kick stand!!

You'd thought after my '08 fell over, I'd learned, (it fell over twice, once beating up my new Aria helmet).
The KLR's (at least the 2 I had/have) "stand too straight up" on the kick stand.
(these "fall overs happen on the OTHER side of the lean).
This time it fell over against the fence by my house, (now, I've been stopping and getting off bikes at that spot like 10 plus years I've owned the house. Usually I hold the back of the KLR to keep it from thinking of going over as I close the gate, but this time?????).
Nice, my radator shroud is all cracked, a good chunk broken off, the Cee Bailey windshield I JUST installed has a nice scratch and the fairing at the windshieled mount has a nice crack.
Great! The bike doesn't even have 900 miles on it and it looks like I did a whole season of enduros with it!
Spent Saturday expoxing it all back together, (Looks like "Franken KLR)!
Now! Let's look at the F***ing kick stand.
I took it off and above the pad where it has a straight section cut if about in the middle.
Shortened it up 1/2".
Drilled 2 1/4" holes in each section 1/4" from the cut
Took a 2" section of black 1/2" pipe and slid it inside the kick stand, about 1" sticking in each end. (fit nice)
I spot welded the black pipe to the kick stand at the holes, (like they do in axles in cars). This will strenthen the kick stand at the cut.
Gas welded the kick stand back together with a metal rod not brass, ground it smooth and re painted it.
You hardly tell it was cut, but more importantly, it leans a tad bit more on the stand.
Joe
I don't have this much hassle with my old BSA motorcycles!
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post #2 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 09:25 AM
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Joe,

I did the kickstand shortening thing with my bike when I got it and its never fallen over. I keep trying to tell my friend who just bought a KLR to do the same, but he keeps blowing me off. I guess he will have to learn the hard way.
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post #3 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 09:42 AM
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I don't have this much hassle with my old BSA motorcycles!
I don't have that hassle with my 02' KLR, either..
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post #4 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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The worse part is I had looked at the crash bars for the "wings" on the last KLR I had, and again when I looked at the "I need this for this new KLR", but fluffed it off, as a "if I ever get a few extra $$."
It was a toss up between the Cee Bailey windshield, (touring) and the bars.
I figured the windshield was needed more cuz of the cold weather settling in.
Now, not only do I need $235 for the bars, but also need the $$ for a new wing and I'm sure graphics, along with the scratched side panel. I don't even want to think about the front fairing.
If the bike had more miles or older, I say screw it, but hell it's only 3 months old!
Joe
I thought I'd be able to give my charge cards a rest this month!
I wonder if my wife and kids will get pissed if I buy them the KLR parts for MY bike for THEIR Xmas presents??
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post #5 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 11:42 AM
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Not having a clue about this issue. Does a center Stand take care of this? Or does this mod need to be done because you have use both stands on different occasions?

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post #6 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 11:47 AM
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Light Train,
What bike are you riding?? It's an issue with the second generation bikes, with the side stand being too tall and not allowing the bike to lean over far enough in wind to keep it from blowing over.
Gen 1 bikes don't have the issue.. Mine leans over a long ways, and I have an aftermarket aluminum sidestand plate permanantly attached to the bottom so it won't sink in soft dirt or fresh blacktop.


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post #7 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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If I were heading out into the wind blue yonder, or at least on my bike to a different time zone, I'd get a center stand just cuz I ALWAYS seem to pick up a nail in the rear tire.
My Royal Enfield had a center stand, nice when I was leaving it for the day, but a quick stop and go, it's a pain.
Plus the OVER sized KLR stand is FREE, you just gotta shorten up a bit!
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post #8 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 08:27 PM
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My 05 blew over last week in 30-40mph gusts. It just scuffed up the outside edge of the barkbuster handguard but that was it.
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post #9 of 59 Old 11-15-2010, 09:17 PM
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That was my first mod on my 09. I did it on my way home from the dealership. Nothing like cutting and welding on a brand new bike with less than 30 miles on it.
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My stands been cut too. The previous owner cut it back an inch when he lowered the bike... It still stood up too straight though and was tippy. But then I decided to raise it back up to stock height and now it leans over just perfect.
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