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    Side Stand - can I move it?

    I searched this subject on your web site and couldn’t find any previous reference so at the risk of it having been discussed, ( “sorry” and “yes” - I’m not the brightest bear in the woods), here it comes again.
    I have a 2006 VRSCD which suits me – I am 5’4” tall, the bike is low and as all will know, this model has no forward controls – (if it had, I wouldn’t be able to ride it.)
    What really annoys me is the position of the side stand, (I see it sometimes referred to as a “jiffy stand” on American forums). Operating this stand successfully requires me to bend down and man-handle the unit into position – this is just not cool, especially as leaning forward like this causes my feet to leave the floor…. It is just so tucked away there is nothing to readily purchase on with my foot.
    Comparing the position of the stand in relation to the main frame on the VRSCD to other makes of motorcycles, (and other Harley models), I have to ask the question, “why is the mounting so far forward on the frame?”. I see no reason for this. (I am sorry but I also ride a Ducati S4R and a Yamaha 535 Virago and side stand operation for both is simply a “flick” of the foot.)
    Is there an after-market “fix” out there? I see something like a replacement left hand lower engine cradle tube that has a relocated fulcrum mounting point, shorter side stand length at a different angle, but retaining the same bike lean when the side stand is used.
    Or am I the only person that has this problem because I am 5’4”…..???

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    Hi dilkris,

    There are cast iron universal side stands for sale on eBay, they bolt directly onto the bottom frame rail and come in four clamp sizes, 7/8", 1", 1-1/8" and 1-1/4". Just measure the diameter of your frame tube and order a stand with that size of clamp. Here is an example below, it has a 1-1/4" clamp and costs £34.95 including delivery, the seller is in Redditch. Just clamp it to a suitable location on your frames bottom rail with the two bolts. You could then remove your stock stand altogether.

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    Wow !!!
    All this info just like that - I cannot thank you enough bluenose-1956, this really is an example of not trying to re-invent the wheel. Any body out there that has tried this modification and can pass comment? Does it work, or does the clamp "move" or "creep" on the lower frame rail with use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilkris View Post
    Wow !!!
    All this info just like that - I cannot thank you enough bluenose-1956, this really is an example of not trying to re-invent the wheel. Any body out there that has tried this modification and can pass comment? Does it work, or does the clamp "move" or "creep" on the lower frame rail with use?


    Thanks for your reply,


    These stands are popular as a replacement for the stock stand on older British and Continental motorcycles. If you look closely at the clamp you'll see that it's serrated in order to grip the frame rail so it won't creep round. It's made from cast iron, so it's strong enough to support any motorcycle. You can move the clamp round on the frame until your bike has the perfect lean angle for you.

    Here's another photo which shows the serrations more clearly.

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    Cheers,

    Dave.

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    Dave, Once again, many thanks.
    I will give it a try over the next month and report back with my findings for the benefit or other members. For £35 its worth finding out. Chris

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    Hello Chris,

    Thanks again for your reply,

    If your frame tube is 1-1/4" or 32mm, the stand pictured is eBay item number 392045816051.

    The seller is Classic Bike Shop in Redditch.

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    Another idea is the triangular stand below, it fits inside a hollow rear axle or under the swinging arm.

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    These are available for around £12 on eBay.

    Regards,

    Dave.

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    Hi Chris,

    Here's a couple of nearside photos of my Iron from 2013, you can see the position of my stand from them.

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    Dave, Yep - your stand mount appears to be in a sensible place - mid frame - you can reach it.
    Next time you see a V Rod - check where they have positioned the side stand on them. Will include a photo when home.

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