Originally Posted by Dezrae
Why does bmw have to change the sidestand?
I agree with you. I put over 124,000 miles on two LTs, never once had one go down on the sidestand. I never stopped it in neutral, and only once did I have it start to move forward (I was still sitting on it) when I did a quick stop at a mountain lookout, had stopped in third instead of first gear. Only first gear will hold the bike if there is any slope. Even that could not be trusted for very long on a slope, as compression will leak down.
Being an engineer, I looked at the design of the sidestand with some curiosity when this started coming up on the old Yahoo group, as I had the LT and my son-in-law's Harley both in the garage. It would NOT be easy in any way to incorporate the locking tang design of the Harley stand into the LT. The reason is the parking angle of the LT. A Harley leans WAY over to the left, and can do this because of the lower C/G. If you leaned an LT that far, you would have problems getting it back up. I know, did that once on a sloped parking lot. Sitting on the bike I could not get it back upright. Had to get someone to give me a little push.
On my son in law's Harley, I had to lean the bike a little to the right to get the side stand out, then lean it WAY to the left to engage the lock. I sure would not want to have to be leaning the LT right and left that much! The vertical angle swing of the Harley side stand from free to locked is pretty large!
I did have places that I could not use the LT sidestand due to sideward slopes, had to move the bike around to find a place flat enough, even though there were other bikes (cruisers) parked where I could not.
The LT is a different beast when it comes to sidestand use, and the parking methods have to be learned. It is NOT a cruiser, and I am glad of that.
I do think that parking methods should be better discussed in the owner's manual, and taught by dealers when they sell an LT. It is very different from other bikes in many ways, parking is just another difference. Too bad some learn it the hard way.