Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Just bought a 2012, and the kickstand really is too long. Even on flat & level ground, the bike doesn't lean over much, and does feel very "tentative".
My buddy who has been riding over 15 years made fun of me (because I am a new rider and this is my first bike, assumed I was "doing it wrong"), and tried to show me how to park properly. Tried to show me how to turn my bars to the left, slight up hill if necessary, level ground(left-right) etc.... All of which I did.
Then- wow! He didn't trust it either! He said the bike stands far more upright than any bike he has ever owned or ridden on. So I breathed a sigh of relief knowing "it's not just me"'. We moved the bike in such a way that it leaned down-slope more than on flat ground, so the bike leaned over more.
Also, I cannot fully deploy the stand when sitting vertically on the bike. I must lean right to get the side stand out to full extension. Similarly, I cannot sit with the bike upright when the stand is extended.
So we will be adjusting the preload (I'm about 210#s) and cutting the stand about 3/8" soon, and hope it fixes the problems. However, the bike's center of gravity still feels to close to the foot of the stand.
I wish the stand was mounted a little higher and stuck out further, creating a larger base for the bike to lean on (longer distance between wheel contact and foot of the side stand).