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Old 07-24-2018, 10:00 AM
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Side Stand for '08 GT

Is anyone aware of a longer side stand for an '08 K1200GT? There seems (in my view) to be a lot of lean when the bike's on that side stand.
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Old 07-29-2018, 07:20 AM
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

A while back I purchased a side stand foot from Wonderlich. It attaches to the bottom of the original side stand to give it a bigger foot print as well as lifting it by a little bit.
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Old 07-29-2018, 03:01 PM
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

Hornig has a extra thick sidestand enlarger that may help.


https://www.motorcycleparts-hornig.c...rgement-2.html





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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

They all lean over a bit... no worries though.
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

True, but I once found myself in a place where I couldn't put the bike upright off the sidestand without help. I was on a long ride, and pulled into a rest stop. I parked the motorcycle on pavement that had a slight lean. It was more than usual, but I felt that it would be okay. I parked the motorcycle, and it was leaned over far, but okay.

When I was ready to leave, I found that I could not lift the bike upright while straddling the seat. It would have been easy to do from the side, but I was on a long trip, and the cases were loaded, and there was a bag strapped to the passenger seat, which would have made swinging my leg over more challenging. I had lost a lot of weight, and my physical strength isn't the same as it was when I weighed a lot more.

I thought about standing on the side, lifting the bike and rolling it to a flat area to put it back on the kickstand, but it was easier and faster and probably a lot safer to ask for help. A nice stranger at the rest stop gave me a hand. They were more than gracious about it. It took a few seconds and I was on my way.

Since then, I pay more attention to angle of the pavement when I park.
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

About a month ago I bought a used 07 K 12 GT and it had a 1/4” pad welded onto the bottom of the side stand.
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

I noticed on my 08 GT that there was 3/4" up and down play in mine. Ordered a new bushing kit from BMW waiting for it to come in. I also have a side stand foot coming but the one thing I read that concerns me is the fact that when you are stopped on the side of the road the lean is a lot less! Hand an extended foot on my 14 K1600GT and when stopped in some places the bike did not lean very much at all to the point of concern.
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

Same issue with my '07 GT. I noticed a lot of side play in the in the sidestand hinge.
I put a pad on the stand and that helped, but the bushings are obviously a wear item.
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

Put new bushings on the side stand and it is now about as good as it can get. About 1/16" play, also welded on home made side stand enlarger and it works and feels much better!
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Re: Side Stand for '08 GT

Just last month I had switched bikes with a guy (I was test driving his bike for purchase and he had my 07 K1200GT) and we rode for a while. He pulled off into a dirt shoulder and the surface was quite uneven/undulating. He had no reason to consider the lean angle, so he deployed the sidestand and leaned it over. Unfortunately the sidestand landed in a fairly severe dirt valley. He tried to stop it when he sensed it was leaning waaaay over, but he couldn't. I was watching from behind, thinking of all the damage that was about to take place. Unbelievably, the sidestand held, even with the bike at a gravity-defying angle.

It gave me great comfort to see just how far it would hold. But then it took the two of us to get it upright again. And even then it was not easy.

Overall, I would feel much better with a longer kickstand, even knowing it holds as well as it does.
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