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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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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.

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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.


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 always mount my '13 KLR 650 "cowboy style" and my 200 plus pounds have never caused a problem.
 

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A few months after buying my '09, I noticed the sidestand was rubbing on my swingarm in the up position. It wore through that metal foil sticker on that side and was starting to dig into the metal of the swingarm.

Being a proponent of Ron Swanson's theory of "Don't half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing" I rolled the KLR up to the side of my Tacoma, braced it there, attached one end of a ratchet strap to the end of the kickstand and the other to the trailer hitch on the Tacoma and just kept tightening the strap until I'd bent either the kickstand or the kickstand mount enough that it cleared the swingarm by about an inch or so.

I don't know if the stand or the bracket bent, but as beefy as the bracket is, I'm guessing it was the stand. That was 6 years ago and I've had nary an issue with it even though I obviously subjected it to a stupid amount of force.
 

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I remember when you did that, Alp.
I followed suit to give my scooter more lean when parked. It sat too vertical.
I took a large crescent to the mount welded to the bike after removing the kickstand.
There's the lip behind the weld that I bent our a few degrees and it's been fine since.

As a metullugical lab tech for 12 years (iron and steel foundry).....yes you got a factory booger.
The base metal is considered mild steel and quench tempered. Yours missed out on the
heat treat or hadda slag bit in there causing a weak spot just waiting to be overstressed.
Kaw ought to replace it knowing those NEVER come back to them. It's a very strong
unit and should literally never fail even if you sit on the bike on the stand every day
and read the newspaper. (do they make newspapers anymore?) Any element can be
burned out before pouring unless it's heavier than iron. Manganese, Sulfur, lead, and
tin don't burn off. If they are in the mix, they are in our parts. Carbon changes the
strength and microstructure about 4 time s during cooling. The quench freezes it in stage 2,
the strongest interlocking of the molecules and free atoms bound up tight
and crazy strong. Sucks this piece slipped thru the system, but not surprising that
some little dude in Thailand didn't give a shit about his job that day.

To be fair, the quality control is top notch even tho Kaw uses Cheap labor.
American companies in China give bonuses and free lunches, little stuff to
help the low dollar employees be glad they have been given a job they like
by their governments. Black n' Decker, Harley, to name a couple that come
to mind. Many more do it and we get nearly American quality except some
critical widget made of plastic that used to be metal crapping out. (drive gears
for drills, impellers on sump pumps, etc. That's not the assembly line guys' fault.

Be polite, but demand that you get the motorcycle you paid for, not a 98% good unit.

CheapAndTactful
 
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