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Old 11-14-2017, 11:20 AM
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R1200RS long kickstand

I'm looking for a shortened kickstand for my RS. When parked, the bike is nearly vertical, which makes it very unstable. It actually tipped over recently while I was packing the left side case. I just barely was able to grab onto the frame, dig in my heels, and pull it back towards me and back onto the stand! I ride a ferry every now and then (Seattle area), and the thought of just parking it and leaving it alone with all the rocking motions of the boat is terrifying. Just one inch off might help stability tremendously. Any thoughts?

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Old 11-14-2017, 11:44 AM
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

I would also like a shorter stand, but have not seen one.
If you know a good welder they could cut a piece out to shorten the stand.

I took a grinder and ground down the side stand stop some so the stand goes more forward.
This helps a little but not a lot.

I leave my ESA setting in 2up to jack up the rear end.
This helps.

I saw a post the other day on a suggestion. The ESA locks when you shut off the bike and you can use this to your advantage.
Before shutting off the bike stand enough to get your rear off the seat and let the springs rebound a bit, then turn off the ignition.
I have not tried this but it should help.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

Perhaps a center-stand option.

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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

My GSA has similar issues. Lee, I've manipulated the handlebars and ESA to get a stable set on the stand.

I've ridden ferries a number of times and would never trust a side stand alone; always use the center stand.

To each their own.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

I too live in the Puget Sound area, I would never leave my bike on the side stand on a ferry. If you do, leave it in gear. And, if it is at all rough weather I stay with the bike. Go slow, if you cut some out and reweld don't go a full inch the first time. I bet a half inch will do the deed. Try not to park at the bow, salt spray (if it is blowing) is really nasty.
You can play around with some wood, level spot, ride the bike tires up on some plywood then put the side stand down. See how it goes, that wood should give you a good enough amount to adjust the stand. Do the weld down near the foot (cut the foot off and weld back on the shortened arm), not high up.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

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I took a grinder and ground down the side stand stop some so the stand goes more forward.

Did it on the KRS. Put it on the center stand, drop the side stand and using a square I marked
the floor where it stopped. I'd grind the stop and keep checking it.
Worked very well.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

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Did it on the KRS. Put it on the center stand, drop the side stand and using a square I marked
the floor where it stopped. I'd grind the stop and keep checking it.
Worked very well.

It worked well on my KRS also, but that bike did not have the problem of a too long side stand.
I ground the stops on the KRS because the sidestand would not go far enough forward.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

I did notice the near vertical stand position on my RS also and I did find a solution albeit an expensive one.... I traded the RS for a GS!! Jargon is correct insomuch that the GS still is a bit vertical, but not nearly as noticeable as the RS. Little help here I know, but a solution nonetheless!!!

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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

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It worked well on my KRS also, but that bike did not have the problem of a too long side stand.
I ground the stops on the KRS because the sidestand would not go far enough forward.

It made men lean over more also.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

I never leave a bike on the side-stand. Always use the centre stand.

But on serious (North Sea ; Hull-Rotterdam) ferries, the crew insist on every bike being left on the side stand, steering locked to the left, and then they lash every bike to the deck using a big canvas strop (and protective towel) over each bike's saddle.
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Re: R1200RS long kickstand

A crewman on the Bay of Fundy ferry , between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick , once told me to never leave a bike on its center stand during a crossing . The reason being that you want three touching points , two of them being rubber , instead of only two metal against metal which is more slippery ... And always in gear !
If the crossing is gonna be a rough one they lend you some straps to tie down the bike .
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