I suppose it's not specifically an vn750 question, but it pertains to mine...
After toasting my original motor on the way to florida, my uncle helped cinch down the bike on the trailer. I guess my uncle has superhuman strength and never told me, as after he got done attaching the tow strap on the rear, I realized that the kickstand had bent, leaving the bike at an ungodly angle that wouldn't support the weight anymore.
The kickstand is bent at where the 1/4" plate meets the frame. I've got a good kickstand from a spare frame that I could potentially use. The question I've got is, would it be easier/better/safer to grind off the old(bent) kickstand and replace it with the known good one, or should I try and bend the current kickstand back to where it should be, then weld in a small support to ensure the weakened metal will withstand the weight of the bike?
My overzealous mechanical maniac boss said grind the bent one off and replace it with the known good one, but I'm afraid I'll screw up the alignment when welding the new one in place, or heat-warp the frame. My dad suggested just bending the original piece back in place, but I haven't yet figured out how to apply enough force to the end of the kickstand so that I can bend it back in position...
Any thoughts/input is appreciated, as this is something I'm going to tackle in the new few weekends.