Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Maybe a stupid question, Side Stand angle??
Park next to a Harley and look at both from behind. The Harley will be leaning over farther than the LT.
It "feels" like more due to the higher CG.
The side stand length is designed to allow for different tire diameters from new to worn, slight differences in shock "sag", and slight ground level differences and still allow a reasonable lean range for the bike.
Try this: On a level surface put a 1/2" board under the stand and you will see that it is then probably too upright, and in danger of wind blowing it over to the right.
Like most here, I rarely ever used the side stand except for getting off the bike and for fueling it. Always parked it on the centerstand, as it is far more stable than on the side stand, also, you don't have to worry about it rolling forward and off the stand if you forget to put it in low gear first.
Some use a "Fat Foot" plate which fastens to the foot of the sidestand to give it more surface area for softer surfaces. That little bit will also cause the bike to lean less.
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