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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Made the attached to try and make finding the kickstand a little easier. Piece of thin stock approx 3 1/2" long and U bolt. Not real pretty yet, but works well.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 12:19 AM
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Pretty pathetic that mods we put on our bikes include extra material to allow normal use of a poorly designed kickstand...

I used 1/4 AL bent to shape and attached to a ground down factory kickstand. It will do for now, but the permanent fix will require tug welding.

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I just tend to lean the bike to the right which reveals the kickstand much better. It's a fairly light motorcycle.
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Good technique, but we shouldn't have to monkey with it.

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Good technique, but we shouldn't have to monkey with it.

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True...
I wonder if it's related to the bike's ground clearance? Has anyone ever sparked the thing in tight angles?

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I don't think it is cornering clearance related. It sits under the foot peg and doesn't extend beyond, so nothing would touch at high lean angles. It might be an issue going over obstacles, but to me that's a stretch. I think it was just Triumph not doing their due diligence in design testing. It looks great, is cast aluminum, and swings very smoothly. It just doesn't work for people who use certain riding boots. I'm really surprised it works at all, to be honest. In stock form there is literally nothing to hook on unless you go fishing.
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While it is more challenging to find then other bikes I've owned.....I find it surprising that people are so worked up about it....same as having to press the info button 5 time to access the clock on the display.....just doesn't bother me.....I have to look down to see the prong before I get the kickstand out but that's about it....not really that big of a deal.....I'm 6,2....maybe it's easier to locate when taller?
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I'm 6'1", I don't think size is the ussue. Well, to some women, er, wait a second.

I've never seen this issue on any other motorcycle, owned, borrowed or otherwise. Even the previous Gen Thruxton had a proper kickstand.

The electronics fiddling are an annoyance, but not being able to put a kickstand down without modifying it or tilting the bike to a weird angle or by hand is kind of a big deal. I ride my TR daily and it had to be fixed.

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While it is more challenging to find then other bikes I've owned.....I find it surprising that people are so worked up about it....same as having to press the info button 5 time to access the clock on the display.....just doesn't bother me.....I have to look down to see the prong before I get the kickstand out but that's about it....not really that big of a deal.....I'm 6,2....maybe it's easier to locate when taller?


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 am confused by all these kickstand complaints, is the one on the Thruxton different? The one on the ST is easy to find and manipulate, it is really long. I will never complain about this kickstand after enduring those crappy self retracting Ducati deals.
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