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Offline Rcgreaves

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Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:24:32 PM »
I love this image as the shadow is hidden behind the bike, the sun is behind so it gives a comical almost photoshopped look to the pic, but its not.   The pavement is pitched but there's a signpost behind for a vertical reference. 

My K75 leans over too far, so much so I'm asking you all:  do these units fail? should I disassemble and inspect?  Seems like the pivot has a lot of play.  Can that pivot be serviced? 

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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 10:38:20 PM »
They all do that.  Check the the bolt the stand pivots on is tight, some people screw a hockey puck to the base of the sidestand.  I just keep a chunk of 1x6 in the garage to rest it on and try to park with the stand on the uphill side the rest of the time. 
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 11:23:46 PM »
The fork that the side stand goes into can open up slightly or wear which can exaggerate the lean. I clamped the fork in a vice and slowly squeezed  up checking frequently to make sure I didn't squeeze it up too much. I also thought about fitting washers to take up the slop. Previously I had used a slice of rubber boat roller to pack it up. Once squeezed up I had to reduce the thickness of the packer as it was too upright. I also carry a post cap which can be used on muddy surfaces to prevent the stand from sinking in it can also be used inverted to counter steeper parking spots.
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 06:01:27 AM »
I can't say for the 75's specifically, but I know that the 1100's have a bushing along with the bolt that the side stand pivots on, I've had to replace them on one of my bikes as they were well worn and allowing extra 'play' and lean angle when deployed.

I haven't added anything to the bottom of my side stand feet as yet, but I know of many riders that have. From hockey pucks to blocks of aluminum..... not hard to do, but you do have some clearances to watch out for when it is folded up.
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2019, 06:47:31 AM »
These appendages seem more like a club foot and the pivot issue like the spot under my beer belly that’s too difficult to see!  Pivot seems to have a lot of slop.  Thanks
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2019, 07:04:43 AM »
Motobins has the sidestand bushing for 8 (pounds), and the bolt for 2. I'm sure Morton's, Max, etc. have the parts too.

I used a hockey puck to build-up the foot, but ended up grinding it down to fit the contour of the center stand for clearance. Still use a piece of wood on dirt, and the same flat rock has been in a gravel lot I park at often ... even looks like someone else is using it. :)
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2019, 09:15:49 AM »
Well composed and photographed aKrobatiKs, Rc—other worldly! Adding to the drama are cans of Busch for sale at 60 cents a piece in bulk purchase. :giggles
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 09:42:36 AM »
I think that the extreme lean angle was designed to make it possible for those of us less than 6' 5" tall to swing a leg over the seat when the bike is on the side stand.
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 01:47:38 PM »
I pretty much only use the side stand to git off and put it on the center.
Just a habit developed over nearly 30 yrs on K bikes to avoid the dreaded startup smoke.
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2019, 03:11:22 PM »
I pretty much only use the side stand to git off and put it on the center.
Just a habit developed over nearly 30 yrs on K bikes to avoid the dreaded startup smoke.

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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2019, 11:13:56 PM »
I pretty much only use the side stand to git off and put it on the center.
Just a habit developed over nearly 30 yrs on K bikes to avoid the dreaded startup smoke.

I stopped doing that a couple years ago because  (A) I started seeing K centerstands collapsing from rust, (B) I am getting older and it's harder for me to get it on the center stand and (C) I really don't give a damn anymore if it smokes on startup
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2019, 09:43:41 AM »
I pretty much only use the side stand to git off and put it on the center.
I do that too, to stabilize the moto so I can lift it onto the center stand. I lower it gently onto the stand, mindful of the many horrifying tales of collapse told around campfires on Halloween nights. I also inspect the stand's pivot and bushing action regularly, applying grease when necessary. It's on the center stand to fill the tank, and also when parked so if in my absence dimwits want to be pretend riders, play with the clutch lever and not notice that the side stand has disengaged, the moto won't drop to the pavement when they dismount. My moto's engine doesn't smoke on start-up regardless of its parked position.

I use the resistance of the clutch lever's side stand disengagement system only as a reminder to kick up the stand myself; I don't use the clutch lever to do it. The idea is to preserve the clutch cable for its main use although if properly adjusted, a fairly light pull on the cable should snap the stand into its retracted position if no weight is on it.
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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2019, 04:38:56 PM »
My moto's engine doesn't smoke on start-up regardless of its parked position.

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Re: Klown with K bike kowering in a korner
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2019, 08:07:24 PM »
Well, aren't you a lucky beemer biker! :clap:
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