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    I shortened my kickstand

    I lowered my bike, then needed to adapt the kickstand. I cut the stand off where the original tang for your foot was located, welded on a #8 hardness 3/8" nut, welded the base from the kickstand to a 3/8" #8 harness bolt, then welded back on the tang which now is in front of the foot peg instead of behind it. Works great, adjustable length, and can pivot the bike or lift the rear or front end with all the weight on the kickstand.

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    1979 Moto Guzzi SP 100

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toller View Post
    I lowered my bike, then needed to adapt the kickstand. I cut the stand off where the original tang for your foot was located, welded on a #8 hardness 3/8" nut, welded the base from the kickstand to a 3/8" #8 harness bolt, then welded back on the tang which now is in front of the foot peg instead of behind it. Works great, adjustable length, and can pivot the bike or lift the rear or front end with all the weight on the kickstand.

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    Congrats!

    Toller,

    How much lower did you "lower it" inquiring minds would like to know? They make Shocks to lower the bike by about an 1" and then by the time you dial in your sag, another 1/2 to 1 1/4"? lower......... Or did you really need to lower it???

    Would you be so kind to tell us by how many inches did you lower it? If it's too personal, we understand, and possibly some other members may be "vertically challenged" and need the same ......... inspiration?

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    any pics of the whole bike? I love lowered 650s
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    I've been asleep at the switch for 2 years apparently.

    I'm 5'4" tall and most gals my height have longer legs than me. Anyway, I've been riding since I was in my teens and I don't mind tiptoes and 1 footing it, but at slow speeds it can be wobbly and I had an occasional propensity with my Honda 750 Nighthawk to drop it at parking lot speeds so many times that I declared tipovers at less than 5mph don't count.

    I had lowered the back with T-Rex Racing lowering links which broke. I didn't notice for at least thousands of miles. Returned the shock to the stock mount and had a more responsive rear end but could not longer flat foot it. With the lowering link, the suspension was jarring on highway pavement cracks, so not using it is much better and it holds the curves better with proper rear suspension. I would be interested in shorter shocks; wasn't previously able to find them so if you can point me in the right direction, I could do with some improved damping anyway.

    I lowered the front fork tubes 2" (GASP! What about the geometry?) I can assure you that it is stable at high speeds going straight and in the twisties, doesn't dive, holds a fast line in curves while still being able to change my line if need be without drama. 20,000 plus miles on this setup.



    I don't recall how much material I removed from the kickstand, but probably 4". I did have to relocate the toe lever and then extend it with the bit of rubber to reliably find it with my toe. I used a grade 8 3/8 bolt that gives me some amount of adjustment. My next task is to add a much bigger foot onto the stand as the bike is tippy parked in gravel.

    Leo in St. Charles, MO
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    2001 Triumph Legend 900
    1979 Moto Guzzi SP 100

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