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... As an aside, there is quirky movie featuring a Guzzi police chase scene. "Harold and Maude" if you haven't seen it. Pay attention. As the scene starts, the cop is riding a Kawasaki four. Later he is riding a Guzzi Ambassador. What happened? Running in slow motion, you can see that the Kawasaki has started out with the sidestand remaining fully deployed. Once up to pursuit speed he enters a left-hand sweeper. On the cutting floor will be images of the sidestand hitting down and launching the rider into the ditch. Delays in filming while they sourced another police bike to finish the scene. Scene filmed here in my home town....Patrick HayesFremont CA
Did you find this yourself??
I'm old & maybe I'm wrong but I seem to remember that if you removed the locking tab from the kickstand it could be swung to a position where the spring (s) would just drop on.Then it was no problem to swing the sprung stand back to a normal position and reinstall the locking tab and retention nut.
Ron,I'm old too, so I had to put my bike up on the lift and take a look. There is no removable stop either on the kickstand or its bracket, on my T3. That would be a good solution!Another method of mounting the stand was recommended by Dave Richardson I believe. That was to attach the spring first on both ends and then pull the stand into position and insert the pivot bolt. I think this may have been responsible for buggering up my pivot bolt over time, though.Moto
So you don't have the police stand?
... My 98EV has dual parallel springs. Instead of specifying lighter springs, Guzzi simply duplicated installation of the single original spring thus doubling the force load. Makes the sidestand more difficult to deploy and retract. I've been riding mine for years with one spring removed. Many people dislike that solution. YMMV....Patrick HayesFremont CA
Just one question, moto. Is the hammer used for disassembly, or assembly?
I noticed that the upper spring rubs (slightly) on the exhaust. It must be that the hook should be reversed to give enough clearance? Its very lightly touching, I need to look more closely.
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