I'm thinking of adding a sidestand during the cold months. Whilst there are several topics regarding fitting side stands on dommies, I have yet to see any comments as to whether cornering clearance is compromised or not. Is it the first thing to touch down while cornering with brio?
I find my mainstand toe piece (the bit that sticks out to put the stand down) is the first thing to touch down at (to me) quite modest lean angles, so I don't wish to waste money on buying a stand if the cornering clearance is compromised any more than it currently is.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Hi George, your problem is with the number of Weetabix you have for breakfast.
I recently fitted a side stand to my 1962 650SS without any problems certainly not the first thing to touch down. The main difficulty I had was removing metal from the side stand, so it can rotate to reduce the angle of lean, sufficiently and the inner part rests up against the engine plate.
Good luck Roger
.. I fitted to my ES2 tucks away nicely under the primary cover. I've lengthened the tang so I can get my foot on it but still I can't see it touching down.
I fitted an RGM side stand to my Mercury some years ago and have been perfectly happy with it. In fact the fabrication of the two parts is top quality.
There are no signs of scraping on the end, but I tend to do touring rather than racing! The end of the stand tucks up neatly under the exhaust pipe and can be slightly difficult to find, but keeps it up out of the way.
It comes supplied in bare metal so that adjustments can be made before it is painted.
Hi George. I fitted an AN side stand to my slimline Dommie 99. The stand tucks away nicely under the exhaust pipe but the fit of the bracket on the lower frame rail is awful. The rear face of the bracket is supposed to butt up against the engine plate but there’s a huge gap between the back of the bracket and the engine plate. In the end I fabricated a tapered metal wedge attached to a bracket that bolts to the bottom engine stud. The wedge fills the gap (8mm at the top of the stand’s bracket and 1.5mm at the bottom). Without that wedge in place, the bike falls over when put on the side stand. The other problem I had was that the stand leg went too far forward when opened up making the bike lean at an alarming angle and making it extremely difficult to flick back up. I fixed that problem by JB Welding a thin (0.5mm) shim to the bracket area that the leg closes onto when the stand is operated. I now have a great side stand that puts the bike at a safe angle - but it was a hell of a lot of work to get it like that.
I haven’t checked stock in the shop, but my NOC sourced side stand fitted perfectly as far as lean angle is concerned and; like the others, tucks up under the left pipe.
I haven’t yet had the bike running (waiting for paint on fuel tank) so have not checked grounding but would expect the centre stand to ground first as it does on my T120.
Hi Alan. That’s really interesting about the NOC Shop stand. I wanted to get one from there but they were out of stock. There are a couple of different ones in the NOC Shop - one that clamps around the frame lower rail (described as ‘Featherbed frame’) and one that bolts onto an engine plate. Which one did you get?
If it’s the Featherbed frame one, does the mounting block contact the engine plate over its full length?
Its a Featherbed stand and the whole of the flat edge of the engine-side bracket sits flush against the engine plate. Happily it was supplied at just the right angle for my bike.
The stand foot also sticks out far enough past the pipe to be able to use my heel to kick it down whilst on the bike.
There seems to be one in stock in the NOC shop currently/