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Few people have said to me that something is wrong with my kickstand and that the bike is leaned much too far over. Which has been a major concern to me, but the few people (including dealer) has looked real quick and told me that it is common and that it's normal.

Now i know the stand has been modified but i'm not sure how-so, because it does not retract like its supposed to. Here's some pictures i just snapped real quick. Does it look abnormal to you guys? cuz i'm about to get the cyclecats longer stand. If you guys need better pics lemme know i'm at work and bored staring at the bike while the weather is so nice today in boston :(






any help appreciated.

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My 996 is the same. It is leaned over very far compared to other bikes. Totally normal I believe. I don't worry about it.
 

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Mine's the same, it will lean further if you raise the rear ride height but if it doesn't lean far enough it could fall over easier.
 

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My brother's snapped on his 99 748s. It was a good thing that he was standing next to the bike because it fell on him. The break was at the bracket.
 

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The bolts holding the sidestand to the engine are real notorios "creepers". Take the fairing off and see that both bolts holding the sidestand to the engine are tight. I´ve had one fall out, which caused the bike to lean alot further then it used to. I´ve since loctite´d mine (actually i used silicone, but who cares?).

The other thing to check is if the "foot" of the stand is worn. Because of the fact that our sidestand´s "flip-up", they have a tendancy to become worn over time. Take it to a welder and ask him to add some material under the sidestand.

It could also be simple metal fatigue. That happened to mine. It just spent too much time sitting still (not me! not me!). The sidestand simply started to bend more. I had to replace it.

The sidestand not "springing" back is usually due to the nut on the back coming loose. It also usually means dropping your sidestand, but i can see in the pic that your is still there. You might want to remove the sidestand and see what has been modified.

But Superbike´s leaning over far isn´t unusual. It could simply be increased rideheight or "loose" chainadjustment.

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A bit MORE lean is far better than a bit LESS lean....

As mentioned above - check that the bolts are tight (blue Loctitie them as well).

Also, when it gets really hot and the tarmac starts to soften, get one of those sidestand puck thingies - they're like drink coaster for your kickstand.
 

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I've seen a lot of loose kickstand bolts on the 916 series bikes. Some people use the shorter bolt to eliminate the auto-retract--but it also eliminates the locknut that locks the kickstand bolt in place.

However I think the problem here is that the bike is raised in the rear either through the chain eccentric or the ride hieght rod. When you raise the rear of the rear, the bike will lean over more than normal.
As Paulo mentioned, the longer kickstand will solve the problem.

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There are shorter kickstands for bikes that stand up stright up and down as well.
 

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Be careful using the DSK71 as you must have excessive lean, otherwise the bike is going to sit too upright and a slight bumping in to will tip it over.

I had to take my off.
 

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Yes!

It is leaning way too far over. I think you should ship it to me right away I will be happy to take it off your hands. ;)
 

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for you guys that are saying its leaning too far, is it possible for you to take a picture of your bike in the same/similar angle so i can compare it? I've already looked through the picture thread and it seems a few lean the same amount and a few lean alot less.
 

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Old bike new stock kickstand.

I replaced my last monday and had a lean on better than the one in your bike. i'd replace it because i was worried about lean just as you are, it gave me the creeps every time i leaned it. the pic is angled some so it looks like the bike leans less than it does (not much), tilt your head till the driveway lines are horizontal to get the correct angle of lean.
 

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