Am I The Only One??? - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
VN750 General Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
Question Am I The Only One???

Had this Vulcan 4 years and a 500 V many years before. The kickstand is fine until the bike rocks forward about 3 inches and then it collapses. Has anyone figured a fix or solution to this highly unstable situation? It's not like you can take off with the thing down (if your switch is working) but I wish there was a way to make it more stable. Anyone come up with any ideas???

2003 Wine/Gray VN750 bought in 2005 w/2000 Miles
LED Tail/Brakelight & License Plate Light;Chrome Inspection Sticker Plate ;Battery Charging Quick Plug;Kuryakyn LED Battery Voltmeter;Throttle Rocker Palm Rest;Optronics Driving Lamps;KnifeMaker Floor Boards;Halogen Headlamp Bulb;OEM Engine Guard;Iridium Spark Plugs;OEM Luggage rack;Stebel Air Horn;Handlebar Clock; Handlebar Thermometer; Sealed Battery; Marbled; Leather Grip Covers; Rectangular Mirrors

~VROC~ # 389
Gemguy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 09:57 AM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Crobins365's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 3,505
iTrader: (48)
     
I usually use the centerstand and keep the sidestand down (when parked) as a backup option.

C
Crobins365 is offline  
post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 10:57 AM
Senior Member
 
IMBoring25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 175
iTrader: (0)
 
I generally park in first. If parking on a noticeable downhill slope, I shut the engine off, let the clutch out, and gently ease the bike onto the transmission before putting the stand down.

If your concern is while duck-walking it around the garage, I just put the stand up and don't use it.
IMBoring25 is offline  
 
post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 11:57 AM
Senior Member
 
dirtrack650's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Castle Rock, Wa
Posts: 1,750
iTrader: (0)
 
My VN crashed in my garage due to side stand. Really pissed me off...

DT

95 VN750 (eBay)31k+
GL1100 front fender
OEM engine guard
OEM high back rest
'V-Twin' HWY pegs
Black 750 Spectre handlebars
SunPro Volt Meter (Amazon)
Maier bug shield (JCW)
Bar Ends anti-vibe (JCW)
Emgo air filters
Tank bag-Eclipse
Tail bag-FroZone Cooler
Back Rest-Igloo 6 pak cooler
WalMart Saddle Bags
R/R Relocate
Dry Splines Lubed
AGM DieHard-Sears
Gutted Goat
Sporster XL Mufflers
LED's-stop,tail,turn,marker
Pickup coil mod to .45mm
Silverstar headlight
Rotella T6
dirtrack650 is offline  
post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
Thanks guys. I leave it in gear on an incline too but in my garage it's inconvenient.

Cin, I find it not so easy to put it on the center stand and if it comes forward off that stand the center won't help you at all because the bike will be rolling forward and the side stand will easily collapse. I wish they had made it lock forward a little more so you'd have to lift the bike a little to let it fold back, but they didn't. Wonder if putting a bend in it would help.

2003 Wine/Gray VN750 bought in 2005 w/2000 Miles
LED Tail/Brakelight & License Plate Light;Chrome Inspection Sticker Plate ;Battery Charging Quick Plug;Kuryakyn LED Battery Voltmeter;Throttle Rocker Palm Rest;Optronics Driving Lamps;KnifeMaker Floor Boards;Halogen Headlamp Bulb;OEM Engine Guard;Iridium Spark Plugs;OEM Luggage rack;Stebel Air Horn;Handlebar Clock; Handlebar Thermometer; Sealed Battery; Marbled; Leather Grip Covers; Rectangular Mirrors

~VROC~ # 389
Gemguy is offline  
post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 02:03 PM
Old Twistie Sticks Rider
 
Old Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Country Created by Geniuses, But Run by Idiots...!!!
Posts: 5,072
iTrader: (2)
 
Warning--Don't mess with that kickstand unless you understand what you are doing...
One of the switches on my 06 (best of 3 I have owned) failed and cost me my bike and a bad shoulder... I bought another 06 but it was not 1/2 as good a the one I crashed, so I traded it for a new Sportster, I still miss the one I wrecked...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

Southern Central Tennessee.......
Now on the Dark Side......
Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...
Old Dog is offline  
post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 02:23 PM
Old Fart
 
Knifemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Catawissa, MO
Posts: 11,747
iTrader: (4)
     
Garage
So you are saying that the sidestand won't work for you because you keep bumping the bike forward and knocking it off the stand?

Sounds to me like you need to clean your garage out and just watch what the hell you are doing while the bike is in there...cause the problem seems to be your clutzyness and not a problem with the stand itself. (no offence meant here, I have gone one step worse myself and let my bike fall because I did not check to see if the stand was completely folded out before leaning her over)

You could try hooking a bungee cord to to sidestands foot and wrapping it around the front tire or fork, but I think just being carefull is a simplier solution.

I have yet to knock my bike over, but also think perhaps buying or making a wheel chuck might help with your problem. Or one of those rolling bike stands.
like this:
https://www.wheeldock.com/

or this:
http://motorcycledolly.com/

or this:
http://www.thebikepal.com/index.html

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N2KdXHejMM

I do give you credit for admiting your clutzyness...

KM

If You Are Not Sure If I Am Joking or Not....I AM !!Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knifemaker1954/sets/
Knifemaker is offline  
post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Gemguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 812
iTrader: (1)
 
Thanks Old Dog I've had other thoughts of what to do.

Easy there KM I'm not that big a clutz and the garage is pretty clean. It's just when I am maneuvering the bike to back it up between the shelf and my wife's car I often have to move it and reposition so it doesn't interfere with her opening the door to the car and it's out of the way so we can move in and out of the house.

What occurred to me is if I can fasten a piece of steel as an extension (shoe) extending from the bottom of the stand forward when it's down, it will force me to straighten the bike up to fold the stand. That may prevent accidental fold up. All thoughts welcome.

2003 Wine/Gray VN750 bought in 2005 w/2000 Miles
LED Tail/Brakelight & License Plate Light;Chrome Inspection Sticker Plate ;Battery Charging Quick Plug;Kuryakyn LED Battery Voltmeter;Throttle Rocker Palm Rest;Optronics Driving Lamps;KnifeMaker Floor Boards;Halogen Headlamp Bulb;OEM Engine Guard;Iridium Spark Plugs;OEM Luggage rack;Stebel Air Horn;Handlebar Clock; Handlebar Thermometer; Sealed Battery; Marbled; Leather Grip Covers; Rectangular Mirrors

~VROC~ # 389
Gemguy is offline  
post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 07:42 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
flitecontrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Posts: 4,706
iTrader: (14)
 
FWIW, I'm a klutz too, and a slow learner to boot. But I'm not going into detail!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
_____________________________________________
"Black Beauty"
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles

Old Blue
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008

1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
flitecontrol is offline  
post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-21-2010, 07:58 PM
The Professor
 
lance328's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: BUFORD, GEORGIA
Posts: 3,147
iTrader: (15)
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gemguy View Post
Had this Vulcan 4 years and a 500 V many years before. The kickstand is fine until the bike rocks forward about 3 inches and then it collapses. Has anyone figured a fix or solution to this highly unstable situation? It's not like you can take off with the thing down (if your switch is working) but I wish there was a way to make it more stable. Anyone come up with any ideas???
Put in first gear and use double sided velcro to cinch the brake lever to the grip. Now you have a parking brake.


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

Best Auto/Moto Insurance | Motorcycle Protection Today | FREE Trade-In Quote
lance328 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome