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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure how it happened but on a trip a few weeks ago I noticed part way through the day the bike was getting heavy to stand up, I wrote it off to being a bit tired as it was a long highway travel day. After a fuel and food stop it looked like the bike was leaning hard, at the end of the ride it looked worse as I was now watching it. A few of us held the bike up and another checked the stand, it was resting almost 2" off of where it had warn a mark in the stowed position. We bent it back to where it had been before, all was well the rest of the trip.
This weekend I went out for the day with my wife on the back and at lunch I hopped off, looked away as something caught my attention and the bike hit me as the stand bent again and almost dumped the bike and my wife. The dealer is checking for warranty claim and they have never had a stand bend without getting previous damage done to it. Has this happened to anyone, I found nothing with searching.
The rubber is worn through on the bottom, bike is a '12 XCT, stock height, no known previous damage or dragging of the stand, and wasn't over loaded with weight either time.

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As an aerospace machinist and toolmaker, I can tell you that side stand is a highly stressed component. Yours did not get quenched and tempered or whatever form of heat treat it was specified to, correctly. It is defective, or cracked. I would put the bike on a stand or lift and demand a replacement from your dealer ASAP.

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made in china same as the aftermarket temperature gauge, no need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out.... yes go back to the VIC shop and let them take pictures of the faulty stand....

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I did forget to mention that I gave my dealer a call yesterday and one is on order warranty or not I'm getting a new one. Both the sales rep I deal with and the parts guy I spoke with said I shouldn't be paying for a new one. I have started mounting the bike from the right side to reduce stress when getting on, a little odd at first but feels almost normal now.

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When your wife gets on and off the bike, is the side stand down?
Sometimes I do it this way for added stability according to this video.
I have seen people tip the entire bike on the stand to pivot it around.
Sounds like you just had a faulty stand and definitely should be covered under warranty.

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10 hulk hogans couldn't bend one that was harden correct.

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Have you checked the kickstand pivot bolt? Kickstands are pretty tough and take a hell of an impact to bend. I'm thinking the bolt may have lost the self locking nut and is backing out.

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Replaced at $100 and a few bucks for install. They are going to submit the claim to the extended warranty company but we told on the phone no joy, only parts of the drivetrain, suspension and electrical are covered. Service was not happy on the phone with warranty but they have me back on the road and right again. Its amazing how far the thing had bent too. And after I had initially called service walked around and found a Vision on the floor that is a left over demo model and it is doing the same thing, bad batch of stands?

Fixed, bike never fell, not happy about the money but ride on I guess.

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I have taken mine off and straightened it twice. Even if this hunk of iron were remotely as strong as some folks seem to think, it ain't the jewel in Victorys engineering crown for sure. I'm already resigned to remaking it to be a sensible and somewhat less cobbled together critter but I'm too lazy to attack it proactively. After all, it ain't rocket scientry, it's just a damned kickstand.

By the by you should be appreciative that it bends. That bending is relieving forces that otherwise would look for relief in other pricier locations. Thing is each bend is one bend closer to failure.

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The sad part is they are made in China now. The old ones came from a forging company over by Chicago and were machined at the shop I work at. I ran thousands of them back in the day when I started out of high school. We lost that job about 3 years ago now. We also used to machine the center link for the older bikes frames.

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