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post #1 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Which kickstand feels right?

If you only own one bike this doesn't really apply. I have a 73 Honda CB450 in addition to my KLR. Took a nice scenic ride on the Honda yesterday and I realized that I ride the KLR so much more now that the Honda feels...well, not like an extension of me anymore. When I stop on the KLR my foot goes right to the kickstand. On the Honda I keep missing. Makes me a little sad. Gotta ride the Honda more. But it doesn't have a trunk. Believe it or not, that is the deciding factor most of the time. Funniest thing is when I do the 'shimmy off the KLR' move to avoid the trunk when I'm on the Honda. Get some interesting looks.

So, my question is, when you ride, which kickstand do you go for?




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post #2 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 03:51 PM
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Dan, I need you to go ride my BMW R80 and then think about that question..
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Ummm...OK. I don't get it.




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You mean YOU need to go ride it? Or hell, I'll ride it.




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The kick stand is spring loaded.. It only stays down if the bike is leaned over onto it.. Bring the bike up straight, and CLANG, the stand retracts.. You can't physically operate the stand while seated on the bike without looking like an absolute retard..

Stop the BMW, shut it off, get off, push stand down with right foot while leaning bike over..

Oh, and if the bike rolls forward at all, the stand retracts and the bike then rests on the left side jug..

My KLR has an aluminum fatfoot.. It's wonderful!!

Wing, eh.. It's OK..

VFR, can't ever find it.. side stand's tiny..
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Huh, didn't know that about the BMW. Guess I'm going to have to ride it.




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Huh, didn't know that about the BMW. Guess I'm going to have to ride it.
Not a problem.. Just don't tip it over when you get off..
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Not a problem.. Just don't tip it over when you get off..
Don't worry, I'll bring my duct tape.




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The KLR gets 10 times more miles put on it than the CBR does. That said, the kickstand sucks a big weanie on the KLR, the bike stands so upright it always threatens to fall to the right side. My CBR 1100 has hard-to-find kickstand much like the VFR does... but at least once deployed the bike leans properly on it. Gonna have to shorten the KLR one, I guess.

Sorry - rambling - short answer is I always reach like I'm going for the KLR stand as it is my day in and day out rider now... awesome tool of a bike.

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The KLR gets 10 times more miles put on it than the CBR does. That said, the kickstand sucks a big weanie on the KLR, the bike stands so upright it always threatens to fall to the right side. My CBR 1100 has hard-to-find kickstand much like the VFR does... but at least once deployed the bike leans properly on it. Gonna have to shorten the KLR one, I guess.

Sorry - rambling - short answer is I always reach like I'm going for the KLR stand as it is my day in and day out rider now... awesome tool of a bike.
http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=6555




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