I have always had the feeling that the bike is too upright on the side stand. I leave it on the centre stand whenever I can.
Having said that I am comparing it to my 1150GS which leans more more than a GP racer.
I agree - it does stand a little too upright, at least compared to my v-stroms. I also noticed that the side stand foot isn't sitting flush with the ground. And, as side stands typically have some lateral play, if I kick it out towards me a bit (to use up that lateral play), the foot then sits flat and the bike is leaned over more.
Thanks for the replys, i think there is a problem when the bike is fitted with panniers and top box, where the bike does not sit at a good enough angle making the bike unstable, mines fell over and i now have a 2k bill, I wrote to honda about this issue in June and no one seems interested. any comments please
I'm curious about the opposite: how far off level is it safe to use the sidestand? My wife and I pulled up to a restaurant the other day and the parking space was on a side slope such that when I put the sidestand down there was about 3-4" between it and the ground. I started to tilt the bike over but it made me nervous so I backed up and found a more level spot.
I'm thinking I was being way to conservative but am curious what rules of thumb others are using.
Folks anyone willing to send me an email who had their bike fall over when on the side stand as I'm going to follow this please give details of where it was parked i.e. level ground, any boxes fitted and any damage. I'm trying to get honda to look into this issue. surely fit for purpose comes to mind.
Mine had full luggage ( Honda's own ) and was parked on a tarmac surface with no gravel present. As mentioned it was windy but nothing exceptional. But for the quick thinking of a friend my incident could have been worse. An AT landing on you hurts !
Looking at a previous post - every incident seems to be that the bike falls away from the sidestand side.
The lean angle of the kick stand on the AT is perfect when parked on flat level surface. When parking a motorcycle with its kick stand on a very uneven surface you have to use some common since if not the motorcycle will most likely fall over?????
I learned with my first ADV to pull the bike to the left a bit when getting off, to pull the rear wheel off the ground enough to allow the rear suspension to extend fully. That gets the rear up to the max, and increases the lean angle. I'm concerned about the lean angle with loaded panniers as well and am shopping for an adjustable replacement side stand...