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How to Adjust Side-stand Lever

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by Mayakovski, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. Mayakovski

    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Hello All;

    Quick question, I find that the lever on my V7 III Anniversario tucks so close to the muffler that I cannot deploy it while seated. I have to get off the bike and then wedge my toe onto it to push it down.

    How can I adjust this to deploy while seated? The easiest thing it to bend the lever itself down a little but I have no idea how to do that with it being such a stout piece of steel.

    Any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks
     
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    kiwi dave GT Reference

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    Try slipping a stout ring spanner (wrench) at the point where you want it to bend. It might pay to remove it from the bike to do this, and if stubborn apply some heat.
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Thanks for the idea. I will try this. I wonder if I could just epoxy a ring nut or something onto the lever to make it stand off the exhaust pipe just a little bit.
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    You pretty much cannot easily adjust it. I am quite certain you won't get it to bend without flame/torch heat, which will damage the finish, so that one is up to you. My recommendation is to replace the mufflers with a smaller one like the GTM GP Megs. ;) Then it super easy to get to.
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    I do plan to get your GP Megs, but that is not in my budget this year. So I need to find a simple (cheap) solution for now.
     
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    Understood, I was joking really. There’s no easy fix for this. A very clunky but easily reversible solution would be to slide a piece of thick rubber (gas line or eq) hose over the arm and let it hang out and extra inch or two.
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    But wouldn't the tubing melt against the exhaust pipe?
     
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    Not a radiator or fuel rated hose, no, especially at that contact point on the muffler.
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    OK, good to know.
     
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    andyalp Just got it firing!

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    I adjusted mine by putting the side stand down holding the weight of the bike and then putting a 3 ft long 3/4" steel pipe over the offending lever and bend it slightly forward to suit.
     
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    With a long enough lever you can move the world.
     
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    sib Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    In my experience, if the side stand boot hook is too close to the muffler, the problem is that the muffler isn't positioned correctly. If you loosen the muffler by the hanger bolts and slip-on clamp, you can rotate it enough to move it away from the hook, then tighten it up again. Of course if the hook got bent in a bike drop or spill, this solution may not work and you'll have to force the hook back to its original bend.
     
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    I had not thought of that, I will check this out tonight. Thanks.
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    OK, I checked and the muffler is positioned correctly. I did have a thought, I could attach a 2-piece lock ring to the lever and position that to keep the lever itself off the muffler a bit allowing just enough extra room for my toe to connect properly with the end of the lever.

    Something like a small version of this: Any suggestions where I could find a small version of this?
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    Refulgent Riding not rusting

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    You could use one (or two) small u-bolts and attach a suitably sized/shaped plate.

    u-bolt.jpg
     
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    Mayakovski High Miler GT Famiglia

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    That is exactly what I did yesterday. It works perfectly. :)
     
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    V7 Dreaming Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I once bought used sidestand from crashed bike and found it bent and hit muffer when undeployed
    I put steel pipe on (Don't forget to protect the finishing)lever and bend it out a little while sidestand deployed.
    It is not best way but it's work.
     
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    Why is not the best way? It's the only way if you're not using oxy/accetylene, which will totally destroy the finish.

    It sure worked for me. About 90secs out of my life and it's fixed for ever.
     
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