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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 11:43 PM
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I too see it as a minor quirk and adjust to it by pointing my toe straight out to the side and knocking it down with the heel of my boot. Even works with my clunky Puma riding boots.

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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 11:47 PM
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I agree with you Mack. I have never had a problem with this and I am 5'7". However there maybe something associated with the type of boots...As was discussed earlier in the post. I don't even have to look for it, so I dont feel the same frustrations. Not to take anything away from anyone else.


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I agree with Mack and VA,I have not had a problem at all.Compared to the one on my TBird Sport,the Thruxton one is positively well-endowed.I purchased the Sport second-hand,and for the first few weeks,the only way I could get the stand down was to climb off the bike first.I took it to my mechanic for a service,and he showed me how to use the back of my heel,and I haven't looked back since.Not sure if anyone else has tried this,maybe it is an old trick that only I was unaware of.
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Its fun to see you guys all worked up. The add-on was to make the kick stand find-able with out having to look or worry about foot position. As 69Bronze said, I have never had a bike where extending the kickstand took any thought or any special boot, foot position, lean, etc.
Just any obvious error from the kickstand designer who valued form over function. My bet was a junior engineer, who was probably not a rider. But still one of the most liked bikes I ever had. Now, if it only had self cancelling turn signals.................
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Now, if it only had self cancelling turn signals.................
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That's easy, don't indicate in the first place,....
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post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 05:38 AM
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I really don't understand what the problem is with the kickstand. I get that it is a problem for some people. I've even read reviews of the Thruxton where the reviewer mentioned it, and plenty of people here have complained. But I've never had any trouble at all. I've ridden plenty of bikes that have had hard-to-reach kickstands, but I'd say that the Thruxton R has one of the easiest to use kickstands of any bike I've owned.

I'm wondering if it's down to our boots. I have Stylemartin Legend boots, which are a classic-style riding boot (linky below). I can actually recommend these. I've been using mine daily for around 5 years and they'll need replacing soon, but that's a very good life for boots, in my experience.

So, people who experience kickstand issues, what kind of boots are you wearing?

Link to Stylmartin Legends. FYI only, I've never bought anything from this company, so this isn't a recommendation.
http://the-cafe-racer.com/stylmartin...-r-boots-black
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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 10:27 AM
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Nice looking boots. Is the top clasp an actual belt hook or just velcro?

I use SIDI B1s. Smaller heel component than yours. I'm sure it's what is causing the problem. Still, I've run these boots for almost 20 years and never had an issue until I got my TR.

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The clasp is mostly for show. There's a zip and velcro.

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Nice looking boots. Is the top clasp an actual belt hook or just velcro?
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Don't know fellas. This bike seems too sporty for those boots. I wear TCX shoes (http://www.tcxboots.com/eng/prodotti...hp?prodotto=24). But I'll admit that their round heels don't make it any easier to find the kickstand.

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They're cafe-racer style boots, so I think that they suit the bike just fine. I've just checked and I bought mine when I got my Thruxton 900, which was April 2011. So I've been using these boots daily, all year round and in all weather conditions, for 6 years. That's really impressive, especially considering that I usually destroy boots within a year or two. The leather is thick and good quality and they are, quite literally, as tough as old boots.

Plus they have the advantage that the heel allows me to put the kickstand down without even having to think about it.

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Don't know fellas. This bike seems too sporty for those boots. I wear TCX shoes (http://www.tcxboots.com/eng/prodotti...hp?prodotto=24). But I'll admit that their round heels don't make it any easier to find the kickstand.
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As a new owner of a Thruxton I agree the kickstand took some getting used to. It's the first bike I've had where you kind of kick forward and out to get it down.

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