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Old 07-28-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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Just a few questions

I have been curious and wondered about some opinions. Why is the kickstand always on the left? Another one is where did the term street fighter come from? When I see a streetfighter advertised for sale, my thought is I wrecked my bike and just stripped it down. Sorry just some random thoughts.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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I have been curious and wondered about some opinions. Why is the kickstand always on the left? Another one is where did the term street fighter come from? When I see a streetfighter advertised for sale, my thought is I wrecked my bike and just stripped it down. Sorry just some random thoughts.
I can only guess that the left stand comes from the horse era... You always mount a horse from the left side.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:53 PM   #3
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I just found another good reason for the kickstand being on the left which makes some sense:

The kickstarter is always on the right, so the kickstand ought to be on the left.

But the horse mounting from the left sounds like it's the real source. They say that it's mounted from the left because mounting a horse from the right while wearing a sword on your left hip is more awkward and difficult
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:35 AM   #4
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I just found another good reason for the kickstand being on the left which makes some sense:

The kickstarter is always on the right, so the kickstand ought to be on the left.

But the horse mounting from the left sounds like it's the real source. They say that it's mounted from the left because mounting a horse from the right while wearing a sword on your left hip is more awkward and difficult
The 640 Adventure has both the kickstand and kickstarter on the left...
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:46 AM   #5
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The 640 Adventure has both the kickstand and kickstarter on the left...
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:10 AM   #6
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The 640 Adventure has both the kickstand and kickstarter on the left...
So did my old Suzuki T500 Titan from 1974. Shifter and kick start and kick stand all on left.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:08 AM   #7
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So you can put the kick stand down while you're still braking and never have to touch the ground.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:58 AM   #8
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My '56 BSA Bantam has the 'optional' kickstand on the RIGHT! Along with the kickstarter.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:23 AM   #9
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Streetfighters are motorcycles that got into a fight with the street. And lost.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:43 AM   #10
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I have been curious and wondered about some opinions. Why is the kickstand always on the left? Another one is where did the term street fighter come from? When I see a streetfighter advertised for sale, my thought is I wrecked my bike and just stripped it down. Sorry just some random thoughts.
Kickstand...Probably economy of space... you can park at the right side of the road with the wheels by the pavement curb, rather than estimate how much space you need.

Streetfighter comes from wrecked sportbikes which were afterwards converted to a rather aggressive look.
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