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Old 08-16-2012, 07:27 AM   #7141
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Try a KTM for a while. You'll realize the KLX kickstand is a dream. The length is a good compromise, it's sturdy enough that you can climb on the bike while it's on the stand, and the foot is big enough to support it on soft ground. Oh, and it doesn't "auto retract".
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:30 AM   #7142
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Looking at every other dual sport kickstand, I disagree. I'm sure the soft spring isn't helping things, but the design just sucks, with the spring in the rear, as well as the way the kickstand mates with the bracket on the bike, it's too loose causing it to lean even more once the pad hits the ground. The lean angle also blows. ;)
What do you mean it's too loose? It shouldn't be "loose" in a lateral direction at all. maybe the bolt holding yours on is loose.

BTW, my DR650 is the same way, just not QUITE as bad.

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #7143
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What do you mean it's too loose? It shouldn't be "loose" in a lateral direction at all. maybe the bolt holding yours on is loose.

BTW, my DR650 is the same way, just not QUITE as bad.

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You put the stand down. The pad contacts the ground in one spot, but then you put the weight of the bike on the stand and it will kick the pad out away from the bike a little more. This is due to the "female" portion of the kickstand being wider than the "male" bracket on the bike. The bolt is tight.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:38 AM   #7144
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Try a KTM for a while. You'll realize the KLX kickstand is a dream. The length is a good compromise, it's sturdy enough that you can climb on the bike while it's on the stand, and the foot is big enough to support it on soft ground. Oh, and it doesn't "auto retract".
I don't know about KTM's, but I'm very jealous of my friend's WR250R and DRZ400S kickstands.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:42 AM   #7145
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You put the stand down. The pad contacts the ground in one spot, but then you put the weight of the bike on the stand and it will kick the pad out away from the bike a little more. This is due to the "female" portion of the kickstand being wider than the "male" bracket on the bike. The bolt is tight.
Ahhhh... yep mine does it too. My DR does not, at least not as much. Part of the issue with mine, though, is my stand has been bent so many times from going down (on dirt). I think the metal itself, or the thickness of it, is pretty lame. It bends way easily.

I think one of the better solutions might be to have the stand converted to adjustable length. There's a guy here on ADV, I'd have to look him up, but he'll convert stands for $20 if you ship it to him. He's in Sacramento.

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:53 AM   #7146
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Yeah, the stand pivot is a little sloppy, but I don't find it to be an issue. My KLR is much worse. Must be a Kawasaki thing
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:48 AM   #7147
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Here's my 09 with a purpose built aux tank by www.nomadtanks.com.au

Bike has a two bros exhaust, uni filter, KDX Snorkel and a stage 2 Dynojet kit.
Goes really well. Huge difference after jetting. Just fitted fork spring spacers but have yet to really test them.
That rear fuel tank is really nice... Do you have to remove it to fill your main tank or that "hose thing" hanging out is the ticket? I wonder how a Giant Loop rides with that tank. Do you have the 4 liter?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:56 AM   #7148
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Kick Stand

Check post # 7029 in this thread.

Adjustable kick stand.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:35 PM   #7149
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What's that little plastic inline thingie that hangs down with all the vent hoses by the brake pedal? It looks like it's connected to the airbox vent hose. I only ask because it broke off earlier this week. Should I replace it?
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:17 PM   #7150
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That rear fuel tank is really nice... Do you have to remove it to fill your main tank or that "hose thing" hanging out is the ticket? I wonder how a Giant Loop rides with that tank. Do you have the 4 liter?
You just fill as you would any other tank. It is plumbed in with it's own fuel tap. No complications at all and yes it is 4 liters.
The hose coming out the top of the aux tank cap is just the breather.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:41 PM   #7151
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Any Rear Fender Replacements

Has anyone found a good replacement for the newer 2009+ rear fender? Not to bust on the bike, but I just don't like the new rear fender style at all. To me, it looks like Kawasaki tried to make the rear fender look like a KTM front fender? I used to own a 2007 klx250s, but unfortunately sold it. Looking at maybe getting a used 2009+. I know it's trivial, but I just can't get passed the look of that rear fender... Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:32 PM   #7152
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Has anyone found a good replacement for the newer 2009+ rear fender? Not to bust on the bike, but I just don't like the new rear fender style at all. To me, it looks like Kawasaki tried to make the rear fender look like a KTM front fender? I used to own a 2007 klx250s, but unfortunately sold it. Looking at maybe getting a used 2009+. I know it's trivial, but I just can't get passed the look of that rear fender... Thanks.
I gather you've seen an 09 klx that has had the Beaver Tail removed and the DRC Edge 2 set up fitted?
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #7153
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I love my KLX250s, but I HATE the kickstand. It is such a stupidly designed setup that causes the bike to lean too much. Last night, I built a riser out of cutting board plastic to bolt to the bottom. Has anybody come up with any better solutions that don't require welding? Any other kickstands that fit and work better?
My kickstand almost got me in a gang fight a few nights ago.

After some hard riding in the jungle and back to the big city of KL I parked in the only open spot between about 20 other motorcycles at a "mamak" stall (late night outdoor Indian restaurant). Took a couple steps from the bike when I heard heard the sound of metal hitting metal and turned aournd.
My bike had fallen 2/3 over and taken the small bike next to it 1/2 over and the "domino" game was just about to begin. I saved the 2nd bike with an outstretched hand but leaning far and barely able to stop it while my bike was leaning on my knee.

I was just able to "freeze" the situation while the owners came over and sorted it out. They were what we locally call "Mat rempits" - young Malay motorcycle gangsters. I'm a big white guy who speaks Malay but nobody suspected I could understand them. They discussed jumping me but decided against it. Possibly because a. I was quite a bit bigger than the next guy, b. I had a wicked looking machete hanging off my bike and c. I looked kind of freaky covered in mud, and a few leaches still twitching on my boots.
Instead we decided to be friends for which I was quite glad!

Oh yeah... but the point ... it was because the kickstand is just a bit too short and flexes a bit as well.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:41 PM   #7154
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Here's my 2009 KLX250S with the Edge rear tail light and the 12 o'clock labs integrated turn signals. They work fairly well. Not the best during daylight hours though.

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Old 08-17-2012, 06:01 AM   #7155
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My kickstand almost got me in a gang fight a few nights ago.

owners came over and sorted it out. They were what we locally call "Mat rempits" - young Malay motorcycle gangsters. I'm a big white guy who speaks Malay but nobody suspected I could understand them. They discussed jumping me but decided against it. Possibly because a. I was quite a bit bigger than the next guy, b. I had a wicked looking machete hanging off my bike and c. I looked kind of freaky covered in mud, and a few leaches still twitching on my boots.
Instead we decided to be friends for which I was quite glad!

Oh yeah... but the point ... it was because the kickstand is just a bit too short and flexes a bit as well.

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