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Emergency sidestand?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Blissed, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Blissed

    Blissed Been here awhile

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    I have been in situations off-road, where I needed to support the bike upright (from either side) without being able to deploy the sidestand — mostly when riding solo, getting stuck in terrain, and extricating the 1200GS by myself. Googled “emergency sidestand”, and found this:
    http://www.unit-products.com/grage/c5010.html
    Looks perfect for my purpose, packable and light.

    Any experience with it, or recommendations for a similar/better product?
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  2. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    I have something similar that I bought off an inmate that use to make and sell them here. The real purpose of these type of stands is to get one of the bike's wheels off the ground. They are generally packed away and need to be assembled to use. Also best used on stable flat surfaces. I am not sure how your emergency situation could occur that you can get the stand out to support your bike.

    But for what they are intended for they work great.

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  3. boulet_boulet

    boulet_boulet Long timer

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    What he said. ^

    Look up Endurostar trail stand, either on this forum or http://endurostar.com/. Works as intended, packs light and is priced fairly.
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  4. dddd

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    To hold the bike almost upright, you wont need much strength.
    That device is 300kg-rated and is a pound - seems overkill.

    I'd find the 5/8in alu tube and 1/2in alu rod and make my own.
    Or just buy a cheap adjustable cane at a pharmacy and hack it...
    It's probably close to fitting under the crashbar as is.
    Certainly light. Maybe a tad long unless it is in sections.
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  5. cyclopathic

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    I bought one for $18 in Chaparral on my X-Country trip when was swapping tires before CABDR. They're usually called trail stand and IIRC there are other mfg: making similar one.. or maybe it's just marketed under different names.

    I mostly use it to lube/adjust chain or to take wheel off to fix flat or get new rubber mounted. You also need a velcro or bangy to lock front brake or it will walk from you. Generally you need to lock front brake to lift the bike too so it is a good idea to have velcro on handlebar regardless.

    Out of negative cotter pin is easy to loose and it is not as stable as center stand especially on uneven ground but it is lighter, cheaper than center stand and it doesn't rob you of clearance.. recommend.
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  6. MrPulldown

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    Strap for the front brake when lifting the rear. Parked in gear when lifting the front.
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  7. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    I'm a fan of the Enduro Star.
    Simple, well made.

    trailstand bag proj.jpg


    Or, visit a Goodwill store and buy an old aluminum cane or crutches and make up something.
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  8. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek Big Ear Inc - Virginia Provider Super Supporter

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    i've used the Enduro Star stand with my DR650 and it's worked well. It's not quite as stable when I have the bike loaded for a trip...so I did a little looking around and found the Snapjack. It's a bit bigger and heavier, but it is wider and more stable in all sorts of terain. Plus the folding part allows you to deploy and lift the bike with your foot instead of having to push the bike with one hand and insert the jack with the other like I do with the Enduro Star. Polisport appears to make a version of the Snapjack design for about half the price...but I tend to buy from original designers whenever possible.

    http://thesnapjack.com/
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  9. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    Swiftkicker makes a side-stand that extends to a different length each time you park. It is short while riding then when you kick it down with your boot, you also extend it to the correct length for whatever terrain the bike is on.

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    http://www.swiftkicker.net/

    The big disadvantage for you is that they don't make them for the 1200GS.

    The trail stands mentioned in your post and almost every response can work on either side of the bike and do double duty as repair stands. Still thought I'd mention Swiftkicker since it looks super convenient for situations like you described where the side-stand won't work.

    EDITED to remove an observation of mine that was wrong.
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  10. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I did the crutch thing, I literally found a pair by the side of the road (someone was clearing out junk)
    Hacked off what I didn't need and kept what I did,
    For me for up to around a 650cc sized single cylinder dual sport it works great.
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  11. Blissed

    Blissed Been here awhile

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    Thank you all for the suggestions and advice, much appreciated!
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  12. dad2bike

    dad2bike Retired! Cranky Old Fart Supporter

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    Where did you find that case? I dismantle mine to tuck all the pieces in smaller places.
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  13. MrPulldown

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    From the video it looked like the user flips up that stand and hits a switch with his toe to retract the lower extendo portion.
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  14. Grinnin

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    Well, you're right.

    When I watched a couple of videos a couple of weeks ago, it looked like it retracted sooner.

    I'll edit my post.

    Thanks.
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  15. MrPulldown

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    Cool concept. Can't tell you how many times I had to look for the perfect rock or piece of wood to set under the sidestand. If you had one mounted on either side of the bike I think it would solve the OPs issues with supporting his bike during emergencies. That and a handy strap for the front brake, it could have really been helpful in my hairy situations.
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  16. PeterW

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    Nylon tent pegs, the large bright ones. Cut a V in the pointy end and couple of notches below that and trap the ends of a loop of bungee cord in those. Hook cord over footpeg, let it drop, lever the bike up and it'll swing into place, lower bike onto support. To lower, lift, kick, lower and done. Works really smoothly.

    Bulky but I used to carry mine in the space between the rear of the seat and the rear rack. Worked really really well and available in most camping stores. Also very hard to forget.
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    You guys are all so fancy. I usually just utilize the self-park feature which allows you to work on both ends at the same time. (Not my pic.)

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    Pro-tip: for the GS or other bikes with a single sided swing arm, remounting the rear is way easier if you “park” with the swingarm down ;)
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