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    I know what you mean about the old Moto Guzzi side stand AL, I had two of them from 1980, a V50 and an SP1000. The side stands were mounted right at the front of the bottom frame rail as on this 850 Le Mans. It's a shame about the poor side stand, because the Guzzi centre stand is the best motorcycle stand that I've ever used, two fingers was all that was needed to lift the SP1000 onto it's centre stand.


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    Many Guzzi owners fitted the stand from a California which was considerably longer than the ones fitted to other Guzzi models. The bottom frame rail had to be changed too as the longer stand had a different mounting.

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    Modern Guzzi's have the side stand in a more accessible position.

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    The worst ever side stand that I've encountered was on my old Laverda triple, the stand was short and mounted at a steep angle. Laverda's were tall and top heavy, parked on anything other than a level surface the bike would topple over on the stand. Here is a Jota with the offending stand. The centre stand was a good 'un though.

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    IMO if the Le Mans stand got stuck down it was the most likely stand to be forgotten when riding off - you just couldn't see the damn thing.

    I was always thankful for the ruddy great clang when lifting the bike upright - but if the weather was bad and the pavement was wet or icy, getting off the bike with short legs was a bit dicey because you had to get off to put the stand down.

    These are the measurements of my stand in the pic below (it isn't my stand though).

    The spring hole to center of clevis is just on the 4" mark so the spring is about 4-1/4" long.

    I'm still wondering if an 8" long stand will put the bike more upright or will it lean more - logic tells me that adding a 1" pack at the foot of the stand lifts the bike up; but owing to the slippy-slidey, almost floppy nature of the Sportster stand will it just slide away and cock the foot of the stand up........F knows.
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    Hi AL,

    Thanks for the image with dimensions.

    At least the Le Mans had a nice low seat, unlike my Laverda, Massimo Laverda was well over six feet tall and he had the triple built to suit someone of his stature.

    Here is Massimo taking the Laverda 1000cc V-6 racer for a spin while still wearing his business suit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post


    At least the Le Mans had a nice low seat
    Low-ish (but bloody painful after 100 miles or so) seat............even the custom seat wasn't much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    Low-ish (but bloody painful after 100 miles or so) seat............even the custom seat wasn't much better.
    The Guzzi Le Mans was a sporting motorcycle, built for speed not for comfort, maybe you should have bought a Cali 850 instead.

    My mate had a 1979 LM II, it's seat was just a lump of pre-formed black foam rubber.

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    That's the one....rock hard and wore out the inside of your jeans / leathers at the top of your thighs.
    The custom seats were like this - didn't wear your jeans so much, but still painful on a long run.
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    With regard to the Sportster stand issue, apparently Part No: 49722-07BHP fits an XR1200 and a 2007 XL1200 - it is supposedly 10.5" long.

    Time for more research, it seems.
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    Cheers AL.

    I'll picked up my black stand this afternoon, it's 9" from the centre of the boss hole to where it starts to bend.

    Photos to follow.
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    Is that from the boss hole at the bottom or top (it would be a longer dimension from the top)?

    But it is sounding good - once I am certain it will fit you had better PM me with a price, Dave.

    Is there a number on it?

    Thanks again AL

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    Hello AL,

    Here are some photos of the jiffy stand. There are no numbers on it that I can see.

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    I also have a brand new black spring if yours is looking rather tired after 11 years of use.

    If you want any more photos, just let me know and I'll post some.

    Cheers,

    Dave.
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