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Featherbed sidestand

Posted by gordon_milburn at January 20. 2013

Does anyone know of a sidestand for a slimline featherbed.  I've tried the clamp-on type a while ago but it used to slip, which was not good.

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at January 21. 2013

Previously wrote:

Does anyone know of a sidestand for a slimline featherbed.  I've tried the clamp-on type a while ago but it used to slip, which was not good.

well I fitted a Kawasaki ZZR600 Chrome Side Stand   To my Norton Slimline and Made a plate to it up the back of the engine picking up the engine studs and then making a clamp for the from with this fitted the the back of the engine plate as well it dose not move,  the  in two nuts and bolts for the stand part to bolt on .  it fit very nicely too and look the part , you would not know it came from a ZZR 600 .   cost was £30 pounds all in ,  that alot better then £120 for a repro Norton one ,and works just as well ,

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by martin_rowe at January 21. 2013

A fix I have seen on several bikes is to tack weld the clamp to the frame tube to stop it slipping.

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by duncan_smith at January 21. 2013

Not sure if it's the same on a slimline, but I've just fitted the RGM sidestand to my Wideline Model 50 single. It clamps on the bottom frame rail.

Quite a major job taking the whole primary chaincase off to start with, and then lots of "fitting" to do to make it fit correctly. To be fair, RGM have got a sturdy, well made product here, the excellent instructions do say it is designed such that removal of some metal is required to get it to fit correctly, dependent on your tyre/wheel size, suspension length and other variables.  There is a big flat on the back of the clamp to butt up against the engine plate to stop it moving. And then it needs painting.....

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by Tony Duffield at January 21. 2013

Gordon,

Correct fitting is essential, the flat of the side stand bracket must go up against the engine plate, it is impossible to fit correctly with the primary inner case in place and even when removed can be difficult to get in the correct place.

I have a side stand on my 650SS and it does not slip.

Hope this helps

Tony

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by gordon_milburn at January 24. 2013

Thanks for your suggestions, they are all appreciated.  I bought a Fireblade stand as it was very cheap and is a superb piece of kit that I should be able to fit.  I will check out RGM's web site.

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by Gordon Johnston at January 24. 2013

One hint (bodge) for a slipping clamp-on sidestand is to put a piece of emery paper between the clamp and the frame rail (carborundum side towards the frame rail). It's quite effective. And no, it wasn't my idea. All credit to the late Eddie Tasker, well-known Norton dealer of Edinburgh. Gordon.  

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by Isaak González Holter at June 17. 2017
Hi guys. I landed on this thread since I'm on the task to get the sidestand in place on my Featherbed Dominator. I am aware it is not a quick or easy task but could someone please confirm that it is possible to fit it by taking off the primary inner case only? I had the impression that it is needed to move the whole engine block (a less exciting job). Thanks a ton

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by Bob Matthews at June 18. 2017

I fitted one recently to my Dommi, it was purchased from the NOC spares scheme.

All I did was remove the exhaust and the primary chaincase and then jiggle the new clamping bracket in from a rearward position and then slide it forwards until it starts to touch the engine plates.

About an hour's fettling with a file and it was done, no moving of the engine or plates necessary.

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by David Cooper at June 18. 2017

I don't know how you did it, Bob - I failed dismally to find a way of fitting mine and it stayed on the shelf for some years before I finally took the engine out for new bearings and (thankfully) remembered to fit the stand when I had the chance.  No filing or otherwise fettling though.

I must say I don't use it as often as I expected to.  I'm sure it's safe but it doesn't inspire me with confidence, especially if the bike slants sideways a lot on ground that isn't perfectly level - or even a bit uphill.

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by Isaak González Holter at June 21. 2017

Thank you both. I will attempt to do it with by removing the chaincase (the inner one!) and see if I manage.

Quoting: "then jiggle the new clamping bracket in from a rearward position and then slide it forwards until it starts to touch the engine plates"

From the instructions provided with the sidestand, for safety reasons the design of the bracket is such as to ensure that it does not slip/twist around the frame. Hence the flat inner section, to fit against the engine plate. Also it is meant to go ahead of the extra welding bit on the frame. So, it sits between the crankshaft case and where the centre stand is attached to the frame.

Just saying this because I didn't understand how you could jiggle the bracket from a rearward position. Anyway, hands on deck, and will try to take some snaps!

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at June 21. 2017
Previously martin_rowe wrote:

A fix I have seen on several bikes is to tack weld the clamp to the frame tube to stop it slipping.

 

Hello there is NO tack welds on my FRAME  I made a plate out of Stainless steel 4mm for you Europhiles or 3/16ths  in imperial  shaped around the rear of the crankcases and footrest fittings  and with longer studs  on the rear crankcase two bottom holes bolted to these  and U-bracket around the  bottom tube  with rubber wrapping around  inside the U bracket  this then bolted to the plate and below the bottom tube the plate extended out  so the ZZR 600 stand then can be bolted on with two  nuts and bolts with washers  this make  a neat and strong job nothing moves anywhere  and the side stand works just right  even on grassy ground  but  beware that your petrol does on run out of the filler cap   has the filler cap is on the left-hand side  ,   YOURS   anna j   

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by philip_ham at July 23. 2017

I can confirm Duncan's comments above as I bought a new sidestand, complete with leg and bracket from RGM a few years ago.  The standard of fabrication was excellent and the instructions very good.  It was supplied unpainted so that it could be adjusted to suit your machine.  I simply fitted it when I took the engine out, and no modifications were required.  It works well on my Mercury and is good value for money.

Philip

Re: Featherbed sidestand

Posted by Isaak González Holter at October 09. 2017

Hello! A few weeks later than desired I finally got to install the side-stand on my 1967 Dominator, not without some fiddling and wrestling with the primary case and the stand.

To put it clearly out there, I had to:

 

  • remove the whole primary chain case (outer and inner!). Engine sprocket could stay.
  • slide half of the stand bracket around and under the frame, until its back sits flat against the engine plate and also sits beside the tack weld (a small 2x2cm metal plate welded onto the frame). I had to use a rubber mallet to assist with this, it was very tight!
  • place the other half of the bracket with the stand and tighten the nuts.
  • give it all a paint coat to cover the bits that were rubbed away during the process.
  •  

    Hope it helps!

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