Does your VFR lean really far when on the side kickstand?

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  1. LongIslandVFR

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    I've had a good handful of bikes, but never one that leaned over so far when on the side kickstand. It doesn't look right. The kickstand is slightly curved, I'm not sure if that's normal?

    UPDATE 1:
    Someone suggested I check to make sure the front bolt is still in the kickstand, as they have a tendency to wiggle out. Found this...

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    UPDATE 2:
    Replaced that bolt and we're golden! Size is M10 1.25 for reference. Fixed the 20 degrees of lean back to a more conventional 9 degrees of lean!
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    The kickstand is supposed to be curved.
    The lean angle is determined by how high you have the suspension adjusted.
     
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    Check the bolts on the kickstand. My bike had lost the front M10 1.25 bolt, and leaned more than standard.

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    Suspension is at it's lowest setting cause I'm only 5'5" lol

    Thanks! I'll check that out asap!
     
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    This is a possible two-birds with one stone solution. I have done this on a few bikes, it knocks the lean angle up a few degrees AND allows you to park your bike on soft ground with no anxiety. I even tried it at the beach with no sinky!

    I used 1/8" stainless, TIG welded using standard steel filler wire. Clean it up, spray some black on it and DONE :)

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    I have developed a habit of giving the bike a bit of a wiggle every time I get off, just to make sure the side stand is down proper, and the ground below is holding up. I like that add on redweing.

    But ya. It does lean quite a bit and it is supposed to have the curve. I have read here about the bolt coming loose and bikes falling over. I periodically check mine because of reading that but they have never come loose.
     
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    I may have a missing bolt because mine leans WAY more than the one in your avatar...
     
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    I'm gonna throw out some really crazy ideas. Just because.

    Several people of shorter stature here have flipped the triangles to lower the bike some - otherwise they can't touch with both feet? At 5'5", can you touch?

    If so, I'm wondering if the previous owner was perhaps a bit shorter, had the bike lowered, and maybe even had the kickstand cut - albeit a little too short?

    On the principle of KISS, I'd check to make sure all the bolts are there, lol.
     
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    The previous owner was about 6'8" so I doubt he lowered it haha Wondering more about this "flipping triangles" business to lower her though? I can touch the ground comfortably with the balls of my feet but I cant flat foot both feet.
     
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    Something sounds fishy here, mine leans like most bikes, so no concern to me. an added note, if the suspension was lowered the bike would sit more upright, so much so that I've seen them tip the other way if the ground wasn't right. yes, a photo here would more than likely show us what you have going on. could be something totally off the norm. My kick stand is straight but it is also a 5thgen, ;) if bent that leaves more questions than answers.
     
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    Whelp. You called it. [​IMG]
     
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    ahh. Good find.
     
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    Glad you posted up here. You found the problem. I would make sure that when you get a new bolt, you use blue locktight on it and do the same with the other two there. Like I mentioned, Mine has never come loose, but several here have reported that problem.

    Even though mine looks like it is standing fairly upright in the avatar, it isn't really. That's all optics. The bike is parked on a fairly well sloped shoulder so the bike is fairly leaned in comparison to the ground. But that photo does show you that the side stand on the 6th gen is in fact bent a bit near the foot.
     
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    I'll take before and after shots of my lean for future reference, in case this happens to anyone else
     
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    Thread lock those two bolts..they like to fall out from time to time
     
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    If you have a centerstand, or someone to hold the bike upright, check for sideways play in the stand. That will tell you if the bolt or mounting hole is worn.
     
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    So I replaced the bolt and all is well. Had about 21 degrees of lean and once I replaced the bolt I'm at 9 degrees of lean. Thanks guys!! I updated the original post to reflect the fix!

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    This sounds like a submission to one of those "caption this photo" contests :drinker:
     
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    Did the lustracing triangles, raised the fork tubes 10mm and last but not least had the kickstand shortened..heli arched ..alittle harder to get up on the center stand but doable with practice.
     
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