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I'm wondering if this only occurs with steel stands. So what's your experience been?


A recent FB post showed this:




I remember having these issues when I had bikes with steel sidestands, but I haven't had the issue with my Buell which has an aluminum stand. Aluminum transfers heat better than steel, and it looks like my stand has more area touching the ground than normal steel stands.




BTW - here's a funny solution:





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It has nothing to do with what the stand is made of. It has more to do with the age of the pavement and area that is supporting the weight. Your Buell's stand has more area to support the weight because it is made of aluminum. Asphalt remains fairly soft for as much as a year.
 
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I use a crushed can.......free and it works :)
 

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Asphalt probably doesnt cure as well in hot climates unless they use different stuff in it. I've heard it doesnt fully harden until winter
 

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At my old apartment complex I had a brick that I used if I had to park on the asphalt instead of in the carport. I left dozens of kickstand marks in the asphalt after they repaved and I wasn't about to risk her falling over.
 

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This is nothing new... happens a lot in FL. I always carry at least one kickstand puck in my tank bag. I try to have a spare in case someone needs to borrow it.
 

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I spent several months working in the Dubuque area a couple years ago. The hotel where we were staying repaved their parking lot at the beginning of summer and I started leaving divots that I'd try to fill with rocks. One corner ended up with about a dozen holes filled with small rocks.
 

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Wonder why sport bikes have such dainty kick stands lol. Nothing a little epoxy and a small piece of metal can't fix though.
 

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Wonder why sport bikes have such dainty kick stands lol. Nothing a little epoxy and a small piece of metal can't fix though.
That'd ruin the weight distribution and aerodynamics. Jeez.
 

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I have a couple of those little Cycle Gear kickstand pucks I got for free at MotoGP under my seat at all times. Really useful in the Cali sun!
 

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I have a piece of magnesium. Place I used to work at etched magnesium printing plates, so I took a piece of scrap.
 

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I'm pretty sure it's an issue of distributing the weight over a greater or lesser surface area. I was down in VA for Total Control ARC and I had my Street Triple parked in a spot with a friend's Ducati Monster S2R 1000. His bike sunk about 2 inches into the asphalt and almost tipped over into my bike whereas my Triumph didn't sink at all (not even a small depression). There was a Vulcan 750 and a GSXR that also sunk a bit right near us. The difference between my bike and those 3 was that the end of my kickstand has a very large base whereas the ends of the stands on their bikes are pretty tiny. All of the bikes were in their spots for the same amount of time.
 

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I have a couple of those little Cycle Gear kickstand pucks I got for free at MotoGP under my seat at all times. Really useful in the Cali sun!
I can't even fit that much in my "trunk" space. I could get maybe a $5 bill... but not a twenty, those are too big.
 

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Just don't keep your sidestand "foot" - (conduit cover, plastic foot, whatever it's made of) in your topbox.

On a blazing hot day at the site of a fresh re-pave it's a chore to get the bike to hold still long enough to stop the bike, get off, open the top box, and retrieve your piece without the bike falling over.

Once I had parked my GL-1200 at a customer's parking lot, using the center-stand. When I came out, it was straight-up alright, on both tires. It was a little bit of a chore getting going from there.
 

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My bike has a small compartment I can open with a glove on and I have about a 3" x 4" piece of that fake hardwood floor in it.I just pitch that under my stand,never compresses and waterproof and thin-and if I forget and leave it behind-which I have,I just throw in another piece.
 
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