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Offline thepittsburghguzzi

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V7C 10,000 miles later
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:20:27 PM »
A question I have for the committee, if I may pick your brains. The kickstand on my 2012 V7C seems to be having trouble staying up while riding, and tonight it became dangerous. It's been slowly falling, especially while on bumpy surfaces, and once it falls far enough, it hits the sensor and cuts the throttle. I was on a highway that is under construction, with dense traffic and no real shoulder. Power cuts, it's pitch black out, and I scramble to kick the stand back up and succeeded in starting the engine again before getting sideswiped. I've already shot wd40 into the kickstand assembly, made sure it moved freely so it could return to the up position. It still just wants to fall. What else can I try? Is the spring too weak to keep it up?
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Re: V7C 10,000 miles later
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2016, 12:54:41 AM »
Yes, obviously. Should it have twin springs? Most do.

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Re: V7C 10,000 miles later
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2016, 06:20:33 AM »
Paul, when a kickstand won't stay up it's usually 1 of 2 possible problems:

A. Springs (like Pete said) - missing/damaged/weak
B. Pivot point worn

Ironically, the WD-40, though normally a good idea to keep it from sticking, is probably making your problem worse right now (cause sticking UP would actually help).

Take a look at the springs first, they're really the most likely culprit.

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Re: V7C 10,000 miles later
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2016, 08:40:12 AM »
There are a couple remedies for the dropping side stand:

1. Bend the factory spring to get more pull.

2. Another is to use stronger springs. Riders usually get some from Moose Racing, exhaust spring M7712.

3. Put a copper collar on the pivot, which lessens friction and gives good operation. It's Jim Long's idea. Found at Lowe's, labelled as "Repair Coupling Copper" 1/2 inch internal dia. Get a few inches.

Cut off a small segment. In his words; "forcing it over the shoulder of the shoulder bolt. This made the shoulder bolt fit much better in the hole that it rides in on the side stand bracket and kept the side stand from binding up."

4. The sidestand nut might be loose. Remove the left muffler to reach the nut, and tighten w Loctite.
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Re: V7C 10,000 miles later
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2016, 08:40:12 AM »

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Re: V7C 10,000 miles later
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2016, 09:04:23 PM »
Check your PM's.

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