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01-20-2006 04:29 AM
ZX6R1033
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Originally posted by noelpm
I think I read somewhere, or hearsay, that the kickstand is one of the strongest parts of the bike. It has to be designed to hold up 400+ pounds of static weight into an area of 2 square inches.

But I VISUALLY look at the kickstand every time I put her down. All it takes is ONE time and it'll piss you off till no end.

When I say "the kickstand folded" I dont mean "in half"... I mean at the hinge point. IE: You fold the kickstand up before you take off.

If this is what the seller of the bike meant... it is BEYOND easy to have the kickstand fold on you while the bike is parked.


If I am mistaken, and the seller in fact DID mean it folded in half... RUUUUNNNNNNNN!!!! that would be pure BS.
01-19-2006 10:20 PM
noelpm I think I read somewhere, or hearsay, that the kickstand is one of the strongest parts of the bike. It has to be designed to hold up 400+ pounds of static weight into an area of 2 square inches.

But I VISUALLY look at the kickstand every time I put her down. All it takes is ONE time and it'll piss you off till no end.
01-13-2006 07:44 PM
ZX6R1033 better late than never. My dad rides a ZRX1200R. The kickstand on that 'folds' itself up quite a bit. The kickstand on those bikes sits nearly straight up and down, rather than at a forward pitch like on my sportbike. Anything other than a perfectly flat parking spot, and if the bike is in neutral, it rolls, and the stand folds. In the past two years, the bike has gone over about 4 times. I am personally responsible for 2 of those. One was my father, and the last was an unfortunate incident involving the kickstand being set through the loop in a shoe lace and going unnoticed until the bike was sent crashing down.

Yes, kickstands fold themselves, under certain conditions.
01-13-2006 07:22 PM
Rundog
Quote:
Originally posted by cookeetree
I always pull my bike back an inch after putting the stand down. If it scrapes, I know it's down.
Me 2. First put stand fully down, then kick it forward with my foot, and then pull the bike back. The only bike I've ever heard of having a failing sidestand was the early 916....

PS Cookee, I took the centerstand off my ZX11. When I wanted to do maintenance, I would stick a couple of hex wrenches in where the bolts used to be, use the stand, and then remove it when I was done. Improved cornering clearance.........
01-10-2006 02:06 PM
cookeetree I always pull my bike back an inch after putting the stand down. If it scrapes, I know it's down.



01-09-2006 09:38 AM
Smitty Each time I go to put down the prop stand first of all I have the bike in gear, then I look down & mentally measure what it is going to land on plus is it to steep or to shallow, down comes the stand & I feel out how the bike feels to where I finally sort of give the prop stand a 2nd try at being FULLY DOWN. Then I get off & again check on the stand & bike. Needless to say if I am on fairly new asphalt be it normal or hot weather I will pick out one of my 2X3X1/4" pieces of tough yellow plastic to drop it down & push it under the very point the stand/bike will lean on.

The above is all done in a second or two, but with 59 yrs of riding & parking bikes on anythng from dirt, rocks, gravel, cinders, to you name it has me doing the above for on a few occasions I have nearly had the bike go down.
01-09-2006 09:20 AM
Vash I've seen them fold... Most of the time, the stand wasnt all the way down (also looked like it) when the bike was set on it. Sometimes its a incline/surface inperfection that causes it.
I got into a habit if shaking my bike by the bars before I leave it.



01-09-2006 08:00 AM
mainerdr As for kick stand folding..... I have seen it happen... a few times in my life.... mor on dirtbikes....

I think what they mean is that the operator did not fully extend the kick stand and leaned it over on a partially deployed side stand and it folded back closed once the weight of the bike was exerted on it.

My guess....
01-09-2006 07:52 AM
duessel
Quote:
Originally posted by Blue Jays
Hi All-

It might be a penalty of a few pounds, but I love the Honda centerstand on my CBR.
A centerstand on a CBR F2?
01-05-2006 01:23 PM
cookeetree
Quote:
Originally posted by Unas_the_Slayer
...I don't think sitting on the bike while the kickstand is down does anything either...
When I was first looking at bikes, I was told, by the dealer, that I could put both of my feet on the pegs and sit fully on the bike, as if I was riding it, and that the stand would hold up to it. I've done it heaps of times.



Quote:
Originally posted by Blue Jays
It might be a penalty of a few pounds, but I love the Honda centerstand on my CBR. It makes chain and rear tire maintenance a breeze and lets me really top-off the tank when I'm purchasing fuel...
I love the centre stand on the ZZR for maintenance also. Its only downfall is that it occaisionally scrapes through corners.



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