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    Don't like my K75 side stand

    When on the side stand the bike is leaning over further than I like. Is there an aftermarket stand I could buy or a modification I could make? When I take a long trip with my clothes and camping gear the bike is heavy and hard to put on the center stand and the further it leans the more weight is on the side stand

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    Some lean over a little too much. Some a lot too much. Usually a lot too much is caused by:

    1. Worn sidestand pivot bolt or bushing, or the fork spread too wide.
    2. A bent sidestand.
    3. Ride height of the rear shock too high (tall).

    With the bike on the center stand, put the sidestand down. Then grasp the bottom end and pull out/up and push down/in. If the bottom end of the stand moves more than about 1/2 inch the the fork is spread and or the bolt/bushing are worn. The parts can be replaced. The fork can be set back to parallel with a press.

    Look at where the sidestand nestles into the rubber cushion by the muffler when it is retracted. If it nestles in to the rubber neatly it is OK. If it is out away from the inside of the rubber cushion against the outer (left) edge the sidestand is bent. Straighten or replace it.

    Check the static sag at the rear of the bike.

    As for other "fixes". A "fat foot" style extender can be added at the bottom of the stand. Several vendors sell them but they are usually too thin. There is room to drill two small holes for #8 or #10 bolts on two corners of the original flat at the bottom of the sidestand. Then an appropriate thickness can be bolted in place. Use flat head machine screws countersunk on the bottom side with the little nuts on the top side. I have a 1/2 inch thick piece of aluminum bar stock on the bottom of mine.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell

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    K75RT Keith
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Rocky River Ohio
    Had the same problem with my RT. Tried tightening the bolt with not change. Replaced the side stand bushing and lubed it up and tightened the bolt. Made a big difference. Longer stand may rub on muffler.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Near Lynchburg, VA

    K75 Sidestands

    Got a K75 that leaned over too much. Mostly from being (over) loaded too many years. It broke one day while I was standing beside the bike digging in the tankbag. Knocked me down a backwards and I think I did a back flip rolling out. First time I have been ejected from beside a bike. It broke right at the top of the round shaft at the weld to the pivot part of the side stand. Bought a new stand and bolt and round sleeve for the frame bracket. Did a little to fix the excessive lean but still had to add 1/2" to the bottom of the foot either then or soon thereafter. The frame bracket pivot hole is probably hogged out. Just came out of the shop after adding approximately 3/4" total (scrap manmade decking material) and saw this thread. I did see a Moto Guzzi recently that had a 2" high aluminum box added to the bottom of it"s stand.

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    Unfunded content provider tommcgee's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Braintree, MA
    Bolt a hockey puck to the foot of the stand.
    Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 And DRAT! Missed the last one in 2015!

    -Tom (KA1TOX)

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    Guess I need to find a little league hockey puck. Mine is to big. Will try to make an extension out of steel. Bolt is tight. Stand does not look bent .

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