Originally Posted by tonygret
I have about 2 months on the LT now and I have a couple of questions about the stands.
1. When I put this bike on the side stand at even the slightest angles I get the feeling that it's going to fall over. Depending on the angle it seems it may go either way. It almost seems the bike doesn't tilt far enough to the left or perhaps too much to the left when the stand is down.
2. When using the center stand on a slight right to left angle, does it compensate for the lean and make the bike site level? I know this sounds stupid but when parking at thise angles the center stand seems more stable.
I never had a bike that may me feel so uneasy about parking it. I have seen many posts where people have dropped LTs numerous times. Am I being overly concerned?
I can't speak for anybody else, but, coming from riding HDs for the past 27 years, it took me some getting used to about the center and side stands.
First, the "jiffy stand" on a HD locks into place when it is down, giving you the safe feeling that it's not going to fall over.
With my LT, the only time I use the side stand, which does not lock in place, is when I'm getting off the bike. Once I dismount, the center stand is used.
I just keep an eye on the angle of the ground when parking, if I park on a slight incline or decline, center stand is still used. Could use a parking brake!
If the angle, left or right is too great, then I'm forced to use the side stand.
One can only hope that the German BMW team will improve on these designs in the future... would not count on it!