2017-08-10

The Kickstand fix! or "the Versys gets a big shoe for a little foot"

I've been riding for a while now, and had been pretty content to use whatever came to hand to place under the kickstand to prevent my motorcycle from sinking into the dirt. I've used plastic water bottles, soda cans, rocks, electrical cover plates and plastic kickstand pucks. But when you arrive on the spot and even have a kickstand puck in your tank bag, there is still quite a balancing act to drop it and get the kickstand over top of it. Now add in the weight of a bike fully loaded for touring, and a ten or twelve hour day of riding, and I can tell you that sometimes I nearly fell or dropped the bike while getting that support under the stand. And what about those quick roadside stops where all you want to do is get off for a minute or two?

The KLR will get you there
The KLR will get you anywhere

At Rocky Point Newfoundland, while on my heavily loaded KLR, I got off the bike to take a few shots...

Only to find it taking a dirt nap.
Dirt nap

Problem solved the cheap way... A kickstand plate from eBay.ca




A search with keywords such as "kawasaki versys 650 kickstand plate" brought a whole list of decent kickstand plates,  that were certainly a whole lot cheaper than those that I'd seen on other online websites, especially when you view the selection available with free shipping.


  
I went with gun metal grey to match the worn kickstand of the Versys.

I knew that it wouldn' be SW-Motech or Touratech but I'm on a budget and was able to find a few styles coming in at under $12 with free shipping!

Touratech wants $59 before shipping for this model:

Touratech Kickstand Adapter
Touratech Kickstand Adapter



I placed an order for the eBay special and sat down to wait out the month or more it took to arrive from China.

It was made from a piece of aluminum with stainless steel fasteners and looked like it had just come off the CNC machine. supplied with a hex key all I had to do was use some thread lock (I'm an Ex-KLR rider remember) and it was on the bike in under ten minutes.

Pros: Price and performance is brilliant.

Cons: 5% of the time when parking on very loose soil I still needed a kickstand puck, but that was due in part to a heavily loaded touring bike on boggy earth. The Touratech model is larger and probably would have worked in all fairness, but I saved about five tanks of gas plus! :)
that 5%...
Parked on that 5% patch where I still needed that kickstand plate.
Crescent Beach NS

That foot plate is brilliant!

It sinks in the dense sand, but finds bottom!
On a recent trip to Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route I stopped on Crescent Beach to take the shots above, and instead of balancing and dropping a kickstand puck then post photos, trying not to dump the bike as I collect, all I had to do was lower the stand and exercise a bit of caution on the dismount. Absolutely brilliant!

Once again, I used blue loctite on the threads so I wouldn't bemoan the loss of the adapter, but it has worked well in cow pastures, sandy beaches, and hot asphalt.

All this for only twelve dollars... 


Update 2017-09-08:

I power washed the bike and kickstand today, and noticed that as the puck is made out of aluminum, that it was slowly grinding away the bottom. I figure in a few years I might have to buy another one. lol.

Money well spent, and I'm starting to forget what it was like back when I had to use the kickstand puck all the time. lol.

Camping in a wood lot at the foot of the Chic-Choc moutains, Gaspe Peninsula QC

3 comments:

  1. The thing is called duck's feet here in my country. Totally 100% agree that it helps the bike from sinking.

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  2. Great idea. I have no idea why i never thought of getting something like that for myself. I probably don't go as far off the beaten path with my 1250 bandit as you do but I still fumble about with pucks occasionally. i'm going to look into getting one myself or making one it i can't find one foe less than a fortune.

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  3. Thanks guys!

    I still can't figure out why it took me so long do do something about it as I've fought this fight ever since throwing a leg over a Honda 50 mini trail. :P

    $12 dollars James. Grab a guitar and do some busking and you're in like Flynn.

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