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post #21 of 59 Old 05-03-2020, 09:00 PM
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Call a muffler shop. You have a Midas in town. They'll have torches and a Mig welder. Tell them that "Everyone says you guys are the place to come to". Makes them feel good and like they don't want to let "everyone" down. LOL


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Tell them to cut the flat end off that touches the ground.

Then cut about 3/4 of an inch off the stand.

Put the stand down (on level ground) with the part you cut off under it (oriented correctly).

See if you need to cut more off or if it's ok. (Remember you can always cut more if needed.)

Use some sand paper (220 grit or so) to sand off the paint in the weld area and weld it on. Take some with you (they may not have any).

Ride it home, sand and clean the welded area and repaint.

Any shop that wants more than 50 bucks is ripping you off.

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post #22 of 59 Old 05-04-2020, 10:08 AM
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It's a 2009 and I'm about 200 lbs. I'm also NOT a gearhead, and don't really know any around here. How do I 'check the sag'?
https://racetech.com/articles/SuspensionAndSprings.htm

It sounds more compicated than it is. Aim for around 30% (which on a Gen2 is 2.2").......you want to have the suspension set properly before you go modifying your stand.....sorta the whole "measure twice, cut once" thing.

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post #23 of 59 Old 05-04-2020, 12:29 PM
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you can get a local metal metal shop to cut and modify yours for about $20 or so....and yes, there are adjustable ones too. Make sure your sag is set correctly and then push your bike up onto boards of varying thicknesses so you can see how much you want to cut before it's too late. ;-)

Also, (I have hip problems too and I'm between 5'10" and 5'11").......I would resist the urge to lower the bike but it is an option. What year bike and (sorry) but how much loaded weight?

Another thing that helps me is a set of drop pegs or JNS peg lowering brackets as it decreases your leg angle.

Lastly, mount it like a horse; stand on the left footpeg and swing your leg over....it helps if you don't have a top box.

Good luck

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I was thinking all of these things Dave before I got to your post. I'm 5'll" and have the similar issues (knees), and concerns.

A friend of mine had the kickstand on his 1993 BMW GS R100 shortened for about $20 by a local welder and I just started mounting mine "like a horse". The KLR kickstand is one of the most solid of seen and it shouldn't be an issue mounting the bike like Roy Rogers mounted Trigger.

I'm glad you mentioned the JNS lowering brackets since I just saw them on Amazon and wondered about them because I'd like to lower mine. I have good pegs but the riding position is a bit tight for me. I've used Nightrider lowering pegs in the past but they are a bit spendy.

Edit: Well I'll be.....I put the JNS foot peg lowering kit on my Amazon shopping list yesterday with the seller saying they had three sets left in stock. They are all gone this morning with the note that they don't know when they will be available again.

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post #25 of 59 Old 05-05-2020, 04:53 AM
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I have seen a few people mount the bike in the way Dpelletier described. Put your left foot on the Left foot peg, grab the handle bars and then swing your right leg over the seat. It does seem to work. I have done it when my top box is on.

Always mount your bike from the left side. Mount the bike with the stand down. Always put the handle bars full lock to the left when the bike is parked. That way it leans to the left, and rests more heavily on the stand. When parking your bike on a slope, always have the left hand side of the bike on downward side that way it leans more heavily on the stand. These are guidelines for all motorcycles, not just KLRs
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post #26 of 59 Old 05-06-2020, 02:35 AM
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I'm ~5'11" and when I stop I'm on my toes.
Hi Shelly. That sounds about right if you have a standard seat so I would suggest the bike hasn't been lowered.
I know what you mean. The bike does feel like it is too upright when on the stand. Part of this is being a relatively heavy bike with the weight up high so it feels top heavy. My bike is quite worn so there is a lot of wear on the side stand so it splays out a bit. This helps lean it more. Turning the bars does help a little but probably won't be enough to fix your problem.

For your bike I would recommend shortening the side stand. Use DPelletier's method.
Put a wooden plank under the tyres which will lift the bike up a bit. Also (optional) when you mount and dismount you could step on and off a bit of wood of the same thickness.
Try at least a couple of different thicknesses of wood. Because a relatively small difference in the side stand length will make a big difference to the lean angle it is probably worth trying quite a few different wood thicknesses (bits of plywood may be thinner and help adjust the height).
Once you have found a thickness you like get that distance cut out of the side stand.
A local engineering company will do it for much less than $250 (I agree with Toney. Never, ever go back to that bike shop). It isn't a hard job. Or ask around for someone else who owns a welder. At work or church or wherever there is a group of people you know just stand up and say "Does anyone have a welder?". They might be able to do it for you. I suspect your friends were uncomfortable doing it because they had no indication of how much needed to be cut out. If you can tell them an exact measurement they might be more wllling.

If you plan on riding on dirt a lot it may help to have a slightly larger foot put on the side stand at the same time. My bike has an alarming habit of the side stand slowly sinking into the dirt when I have my back turned.

Once the bike is leaning over it becomes a much more relaxing job of getting on and off.
You are tall enough that you might find this method the easiest.
Leave the bike resting on the side stand, put the bars to full lock, put your leg over and rest your thigh on the seat. Once there, kick off with your other foot and slide into position. Straighten the bike up and put the stand up. Good to go.
To dismount, put the side stand down, rest the bike on it and do the reverse to slide off.
The KLR is not a bike that most people will ever be able to straddle and then sit down on. It is too high.

You could try the "stand on the peg" method but, honestly, it scares the heck out of me. Me and the bike bouncing around until settled with only my toes able to touch the ground. No thanks! (Note: the forum needs 'chicken' smilies).

If you don't like that only your toes touch the ground then look at either having the seat cut out or lowering the bike. But after the side stand is shortened I think you will feel a lot more comfortable, even on 'tippy-toes', so to speak.

Enjoy. They are a great bike once you are on them!
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post #27 of 59 Old 05-06-2020, 03:28 AM
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Once the bike is leaning over it becomes a much more relaxing job of getting on and off.
You are tall enough that you might find this method the easiest.
Leave the bike resting on the side stand, put the bars to full lock, put your leg over and rest your thigh on the seat. Once there, kick off with your other foot and slide into position. Straighten the bike up and put the stand up. Good to go.
To dismount, put the side stand down, rest the bike on it and do the reverse to slide off.
The KLR is not a bike that most people will ever be able to straddle and then sit down on. It is too high.

You could try the "stand on the peg" method but, honestly, it scares the heck out of me. Me and the bike bouncing around until settled with only my toes able to touch the ground. No thanks! (Note: the forum needs 'chicken' smilies).
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I can assure you that you and the bike will not bounce around if you mount using the peg. It is really no different from mounting the bike from the ground. It goes with out saying you mount and dismount with the stand down of course.
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post #28 of 59 Old 05-06-2020, 10:21 AM
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Ha! Thanks. I had two friends come over who have welding supplies and knowledge but when they looked at the bike they said they weren't comfortable doing it.....I don't know anyone else that does welding.
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that's a pretty good offer!
I have a couple of questions.
First; Shelly, have you found a kickstand solutions?
Second; Does anyone have an extra old stock kickstand for a GEN II laying around?

BECAUSE... To show Shelly the true nature of the KLR community, if someone has one and will ship it it to me, I will cut it and weld it up 1" shorter (or the correct length that it determined) and then ship it to Shelly for free.
That's FREE!
Riding season is upon us and she needs to get out and ride.


I wish she was a little closer, I'd ride over and get it and then do the work and return it.
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post #29 of 59 Old 05-06-2020, 12:10 PM
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Jeff,

I've got one.

I'll ship it to you, my dime, when this gets sorted.

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