Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA
In addition to a larger kickstand foot, which would be a plus for sure, how about designing a new, more versatile kickstand? How many times have you pulled into a parking space, or a driveway, or what-have-you, and the bike either leans too far over or stands too straight up? How many times have you had to push the beast backward, uphill, just so that the bike would lean properly and hold itself up? (Of course I'm not talking to the 1500/1800 with their "reverse" gear!). So here's my thought -
How about a dual level kickstand? I mean, surely there's a way to have a standard length kickstand, with a shorter kickstand mounted directly in front of it, right? That way, when you use the standard kickstand, you'd put it down, and you'd see the shorter one "nested" to the front of it; if you were on a slight incline, you could just put the shorter one down, and the longer one would stay up against the frame. That way you'd be able to park in a lot more places...or soone would think.
Am I crazy here, or does it sound reasonable to anyone else?
I'll work on working up a picture or daigram, if anyone is interested.
1983 GL1100 Interstate
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