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Old 11-26-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

Ok...so since I've purchased the R6, the kickstand has always seemed a bit "flimsy" and sketchy. There is no comparison to a CBR RR kickstand and a Yamaha R6 kickstand. My 08 RR kickstand when kicked down would spring down and stay in that locked position. When you flipped it up, it would snap back up even making a noise you could hear! I loved this. My new R6's kickstand you have to guide it all the way down and even when you do, you have to make sure it is completely forward before letting the bike down. I.e. If you kick it down slowly and stop mid-way, the stand can stay at 30-40-50% down/up and just sit there because it has ZERO tension. Ideally, it should FLIP/SPRING down or back up 100%. No in-between. In the same, when it is fully down, it doesn't really feel like it locks in place and with the slightest nudge back, the kickstand will fold.

Just yesterday I was moving the bike while on the kickstand, being very careful of the kickstand's position. Well when I went to slowly drop it down on the stand, the bike stood for a second then I got a weird feeling and yep, the bike folded and as it fell my adrenaline caught that mofo mid way down and I muscled it back up. It was the closest thing I've had to a drop in 5 years and to be honest, I still don't know how I caught that thing as it was at more than a 50% tip-over angle with a full tank of gas. I guess the gym's paid off

With this being said, is there any way of doing some type of adjustment to the stand where it can spring down and back up? The way it stands now, it's just a poor design. If there is no way of adjusting, is there an aftermarket, direct replacement OEM length and position kickstand someone can vouch for?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

Yeah, I noticed the kickstand on my 08 R6 was a lot easier to move up and down, which I prefer. I'm always paranoid about dropping the bike so I always make sure the kick stand is out all the way before setting the bike down. The kick stand on my 07 GSXR 600 was pretty annoying to put down so I didn't like that
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:20 AM   #3
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

Ive never had a problem with it. nor have i heard of anyone dealing with this.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

hmmm i think the kick stand is pretty damn good?? lol never had a problem with it and i kickstand turn her daily
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

Do you guys notice that there is ZERO tension/spring in the stand? As in, you can slowly push it down and half way stop and the stand will just stay there (not snap back or snap down)? Trust me...I'm SUPER anal about making sure that thing is locked down and forward before dropping the bike down. Is there any adjustment that can be made to have the kickstand spring down/up?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:31 AM   #6
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

if its not past the half way point mine snaps back up it doesnt just stay there...not sure about the adjustment i never did anything to mine so cant help you there
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:35 AM   #7
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

No problem here, mine snaps up/down. I also make sure anyway everytime. A good little kick before I fully drop it.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:36 AM   #8
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

Mine has tones of tension. If my foot doesn't push it all the way down is snaps back up. Cant say I have any issue with it at all
Just normal kickstand and hot pavement issues. Made a carbon pad to keep in the trunk. Problem solved.
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

The weight of the bike should ''lock'' it in place...

My 2 cent : Buy a pitbull stand.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:41 AM   #10
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Re: Close call, my mint 09 almost fell on the poor excuse Yamaha calls a kickstand

Ok then from what it sounds like, my kickstand is not functioning properly (if you guys claim yours snaps back n forth) Possibly there is some grime in the tension/bolt area that dictates the kickstands movement/spring etc...Does anyone know how to disassemble/adjust/clean the area in question? I've never messed with any of my bike's kickstands. Thanks!
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