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So when I bought my bike in October, the bike didn't strike me as odd while sitting on its side stand. Then, after looking at lots of new bikes, it seemed that my SV just leans over a lot, but it still seems plenty stable. I decided it was fine after looking at pics of Gen 1 SVs on here that seemed to lean over quite a ways, and stopped worring about it.

Then last week, was poking around RMC south of Seattle and they had a used Gen 1. Well, it clearly wasn't as leaned over as mine. I've scoured Haynes, and there seems to be no information as to specs about the sidestand. Also quickly looked at the sidestand while the bike is on front/rear stands and everything looks ok. The mounting looked fine, and nothing looked like it could have been bent.

I'll try to post better pictures tonight or tomorrow. For those with first gens, can somebody measure to a specific reference point from the ground with the bike on the side stand? Maybe from the ground to the swingarm picot on the frame or the engine through-bolt where sliders mount? Is anybody aware of specs on the sidestand height?

As close to a front view that I have:


A decent rear view:


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Have you changed your rear shock and/or dogbones? Taller ride height will make the bike lean more on the stand.
Mine does the same thing, I've got different rear shock + shorter dogbones.
 

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Have you changed your rear shock and/or dogbones? Taller ride height will make the bike lean more on the stand.
Mine does the same thing, I've got different rear shock + shorter dogbones.
Haven't yet, but planning to put in a new shock soon hopefully. The bikes got ~19.5k, and the stock shock is pretty sacked.

I figured it was reasonably normal, since the foot of the stand is in full contact with the ground, but after looking at that used Gen 1 and other bikes in general, it just seems like it leans way more than anything else.
 

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I don't think my 99 leaned over quite that much.. but it did lean more than my 2006 does...

It's possible that the mount was slightly bent so it leans a bit more than normal.... but I doubt it would be a problem unless you raise your suspension more than it is right now..

My stand looks similar.. so I don't think suzuki changed the part... unless the mount was a bit different on the naked VS mine which was a SV-650-S

I know some people did a mod to the mount to allow for more lean more when they shorten the suspension... perhaps that was done to yours before you got it...

Here is a pic of the underside of my old bike.... before it was crashed...

 

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it would kind of suk if some part of the sidestand ,the frame mount ,or the stand itself was stressed,and one day gave out, the pic the bags looks worse. i park my sv on a swingarm,center stand most of the time.Might be a good investment, if you don't already have one. i'd watch the slopes of the pavement when you do park it. maybe keep an eye out on e bay for a good replacement,shouldn't be to expensive.I don't know why it would be bent, it should be strong enough to hold the bike ,but maybe the previous owner had a fat wife that liked to keep sitting on the bike at convenience store stops:). If you get the center and swingarm sliders,you can take the kick stand off easy and clean it really good and look for stresses. pealing paint or lines in the metal.
 

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i park my sv on a swingarm,center stand most of the time.Might be a good investment, if you don't already have one.
Not really feasible to leave the bike outside on a rear stand, but if I had a garage, then I certainly would.

i'd watch the slopes of the pavement when you do park it.
Easy enough, and do that anyways. Always check to make sure the bike is secure from tipping before I walk away, even in flat spots.

If you get the center and swingarm sliders,you can take the kick stand off easy and clean it really good and look for stresses. pealing paint or lines in the metal.
I'll add this to my list of stuff to do.

Zokambaa, thanks for the picture. You're right, the stand does look similiar, as I would expect it, but yours doesn't seem to lean quite as much.

Anybody able to take some measurements?
 

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IIRC, you can put a GSX-R kickstand on your bike to make it stand up more.

I'm not sure of the years, you'll have to search
 

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IIRC, you can put a GSX-R kickstand on your bike to make it stand up more.

I'm not sure of the years, you'll have to search
AFAIK, they need some modification to work. mullerjd knows, as he used to mod them in batches and sold a couple here and there.
 

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Well, wen't down and got a few better pictures of the bike on the side stand with the wheel as straight as possible. Quality is not the best since the photos are at night under a poorly lit building, but if anybody cares to post up similar ones, we can compare.

Also, as for measurements, I measured 17 inches from ground to the engine through-bolt (approximate due to moto-sliders) and 12.5 inches to swingarm pivot point (center of the nut).

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Yeah, you would definitely benefit from a GSXR stand. I don't have any right now but there have been enough guys asking about them so I'll probably be modding some more shortly.
 

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Yeah, you would definitely benefit from a GSXR stand. I don't have any right now but there have been enough guys asking about them so I'll probably be modding some more shortly.
Please let me know if you do, I would definitely be interested.
 

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My stand had a lot of lateral play in it. I found a washer that was almost thin enough to fit in and take up the slop. I made it a bit thinner and got it in. The stand swings up and down but has no sideways movement.
 
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