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650 kickstand too short

Waihi Rider

Well travelled
Location
New Zealand
Ummm, not sure if you're lamenting the short kickstand fitted to Interceptors OR lamenting the fact that most folks have no idea how motorcycles turn. HBO, as in help a buddy out with an explanation. LOL
I think the side-stand is OK but encounter problems getting my INT up on the main stand. Never had a problem with other bikes.
 

Alan F.

Well travelled
I think the side-stand is OK but encounter problems getting my INT up on the main stand. Never had a problem with other bikes.
Roll your back tire onto a scrap of wood, or a few old magazines, half an inch or more head start makes a bid difference.

It seems like the side stand was designed for 17" wheels and the center stand was designed for higher aspect 18" tires.
 

Waihi Rider

Well travelled
Location
New Zealand
Roll your back tire onto a scrap of wood, or a few old magazines, half an inch or more head start makes a bid difference.

It seems like the side stand was designed for 17" wheels and the center stand was designed for higher aspect 18" tires.
I'll try that and let you know because that is annoying sometimes. Now I never use the bloody main-stand. Let's see.
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
I've found it's the pressure on the stand that gets it up and over, not how hard you pull on the grab bar. I center the stand on the ground, put all my weight on the foot pedal, and then give the bike a hard jerk backwards. I don't just push down on the stand, I try to push it forward as well (or at least imagine that's what I'm doing). The bike pops right up.
 
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Waihi Rider

Well travelled
Location
New Zealand
I've found it's the pressure on the stand that gets it up and over, not how hard you pull on the grab bar. I center the stand on the ground, put all my weight on the foot pedal, and then give the bike a hard jerk backwards. I don't just push down on the stand, I try to push it forward as well. The bike pops right up.
If you say forward, you mean towards the front wheel,right?. I must say that I am 67 now and had a triple bypass last year. So my "power" is almost gone...
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
I'm 73, and have a bad back.

Yes, I push down and forward on the stand at the same time that I'm pulling back on the grab bar. And I'm pulling it back rather than up. It's the only way I can get it on the stand.
 

Woodstock

Well travelled
Location
Woodstock, NY
I find it is more awkward to roll back grabbing the factory pannier rail, and the handle removed, but I still trust the center stand for parking or gassing up more than I do the side stand. That lean some days when I park is alarming. Which probably means I never lean it that far over when riding.
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
I used my toes as bank indicators for years. Most of my bikes had the pegs beveled. But nothing touches down on the Interceptor. I've stopped sticking my knees out in the turns, for fear that I'm looking like a idiot. I am old, but I wonder if the Interceptor's steep steering angle plays a part in it? The first time I took it for a fast ride in the canyons, I nearly rode off the inside of the turn in several tight right handers.
 

Alan F.

Well travelled
I haven't scraped a foot peg yet, when I return from a ride I take a look at the edges of my tires to see if the "chicken strips" unworn bands of outer edge tire tread have changed. Sometimes they do but about half an inch is my average.
If I lean over much further it's probably a low speed sharp turn.
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
When I still had the stock Pirellis on the bike, it had about a 1/2" chicken strip on the rear, but was scuffed right to edge on the front. That was a little worrying.
 

2LZ

Well travelled
Location
Volcano, CA
I guess I'm the lucky one. One hand on the bar, one hand on the little handle that attaches to the shock mount, push down on the stand and it pops right up on it. My old Vstrom on the other hand, was a PAIN. Had to roll the rear tire up on a 2x4. The PO did put a lowering link on it though. I'm sure that didn't help.
 

smilespergallon

Well travelled
Location
Durham, NC
All of my foot pegs have touched pavement, why else would they put on those little metal bump stops?

I don't feel like I lean the bikes excessively either, just tootling around neighborhoods and parking lots occasionally I get a bit of a reminder. Although I suppose it takes quite a bit more to touch pegs on an Interceptor than on the Classic or Meteor.

I also counter-lean in corners, which uses a few extra degrees of tire (I still don't make it to the rubber's edge before touching pegs) in exchange for putting you atop the bike instead of under it should traction give way suddenly.
 
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