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With most of us out & riding, to some that are new to the sport. Allow me to suggest that when parking the bike on fresh or 1-2 yr old asphalt parking lots THAT the prop stand can slowly sink in the asphalt, in hot weather, & over will go your bike.

One needs to carry something that can just slip under the prop stand, yet not place the bike in a position that it might go over to the right with a bit of wind.

Something around 1/8 to 1/4" in thickness & around the the size of a sticky note (3"X3") is the answer.

Check what dealers are using if they have carpeting or what they might carry in stock.

If you have hockey rinks or roller skating rinks & such that use a plastic as the "boards" these are often replaced with none scuffed up material & that is what I grabbed, then cut into said size to even a hair smaller with rounded edges. Carry one in several m/c jacket pockets & one under the seat of the bike.

Simply put down the prop stand, drop the above close & feed it under the end of the prop stand-----bike feels okay then fine & when you come back flick it out & into the pocket again. Takes a few seconds each time & far less dramatic & time consuming then having the bike repaired for NOT having one.
 

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I bought a 1.4" thick piece of plastic shaped like a foot for 2 dollars. Oddly enough, it's called a cycle foot, and it does it's job well.

edit: this is a good topic for those who don't know any better though. Your bike WILL fall over if it sinks into the blacktop.
 

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I've used a few different things ranging from a crushed Coke can to a 1/8" small piece of plywood I broke off of a scrap piece. Both easily fit under the seat and worked well. Just make sure you use something. Good advice Smitty! :thumb:
 

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Not wanting to be the one leading with this but possibly this, once there are some more Posts on it, could be almost a sticky for I seem to have to remind people 2 to 4 times a year about this one minor matter that can be costly.

Possibly it should be down in the "New Riders" bit, but just a suggestion. Fortunately I saw this happening to regular bikes back in the 50s & so carried similiar diameter in thinner alluminium pieces. A few followed only forgot to round off the ends & edges to end up with cuts to their hands.
 

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If you wish I can move it to the New Rider section for you, but I think the Daily Rider forum gets just as much if not more traffic. Just let me know. :thumb:

On a similar topic, one I've seen a few times lately, is just remembering to put the kickstand down in the first place! With riding season starting up people have to get back into the swing of things as far as riding, and that means down to the very smallest details. I've already seen a few times people go to park their bike and start to get off and almost walk away without dropping the kickstand. Being too far away to warn them by yelling or any other method all I could do was watch and hope they remembered before letting go. Both riders did catch their mistake before their bikes kissed the pavement, but both could have been ugly. I didn't know either rider personally so it would be hard to judge thier levels of riding experience and whether or not that contributed to the lack of attention.
 

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I was gonna post this last week, but I'm a lazy-ass so ya beat me to it, Smitty. :D

Actually, a couple years ago when I was riding my ZX-9R, the stand sunk about an inch into the asphalt and strangely enough, the temp dropped suddenly enough that it sealed over. I had to chip away at the 'phalt to release my bike from its clutches <no pun intended>.

Again, being the lazy arse I am, I haven't gotten around to taking something with me. My Duc ruined my work's pavement. :dunno: Think a laptop will work? :D
 

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good advice smitty....down here i actually wished we had the new black top syndrone but because Louisiana politicians line their pants with our tax money we dont see new roads too often
 

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good advice smitty....down here i actually wished we had the new black top syndrone but because Louisiana politicians line their pants with our tax money we dont see new roads too often
It's more of a parking lot kinda thing since you don't put your kickstand down in the middle of the road much;)
 

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Tippmann said:
It's more of a parking lot kinda thing since you don't put your kickstand down in the middle of the road much;)
thanks for catching me tippmann.....i swear studying for these finals are really getting to me.....im talking about parking in the middle of the road what is next?
 

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As a newb getting ready to buy his first bike:

Thank you. I NEVER would have thought of this, and I would have been a little pissed to see my bike on its side when I parked it correctly.
 

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Tippmann said:
It's more of a parking lot kinda thing since you don't put your kickstand down in the middle of the road much;)
that calls for a....


BOOYA!
 

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Another thing I've seen people do (mostly new riders, but some seasoned) deal with simply stopping and shutting off the bike. They come to a stop in first gear and then release the clutch before turning the bike off. The bike then jumps forward throwing the bike and rider off balance and in some cases causing a drop. It's one of those very small things but I seem to see it quite often. Just make sure you do things in the proper order or something small like this can bite you in the butt.
 
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