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its funny... Ive had the C jiffy stand on my bike for like a year and a half with 13.2 rear shocks and never really fealt like my bike was in danger of falling over... I do have some derlin coming and will make a block...
Im a little bummed that this thread has gone to kick stands... there are several threads on kick stands and I was hoping to hear more about shocks and in particular the new HD setup... the progressive 490 shocks I want to get will be 1/4 inch shorter then what I have at 13 inches ...so my bike will be more upright on the stand
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JAK, I added H-D's Comfort Flex shocks to my '13 Iron and immediately saw the need for a longer side stand. No, the bike wasn't going to fall over, but it had a noticeable lean. That got worse after I added the 2013 Roadster damper tubes to the forks--now it did look like the bike would fall over when on the side stand. I experimented with adding a block of wood of the bottom of the side stand and got the lean angle back to where I thought it belonged. I then had a welding shop make me an aluminum version of that wood block which I bolted on. That certainly looked better than the wood block, but another problem presented itself as the aluminum would really stick to the pavement as the bike settled onto its stand and would leave a smear of aluminum on the pavement. My driveway was getting aluminized and the side stand was getting shorter with the wear.

Finally, I took a chance on what I knew was a longer stand, one from an XR1200x. It's a part number 50124-09BHP. It bolted right on with no problems whatsoever and took care of the lean problem. List price was $115.31, the dealer gives a 15% discount so I paid $98 for it. Still pricey, but looks good and does the job.

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Those are the shocks I put on my 13 72. Those stock shorties were killing my back, and the Comfort Flex shocks are perfect. I'll have to look into that part number for the stand.
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Over the years, I've done a many demo rides on Irons and Forty-Eights. The stock 11.0" shocks felt like struts. My being 5'9" and 225# didn't help.

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- Were the Comfort Flex shocks a significant improvement?
- What do you weigh?
Jzink, while the Comfort Flex shocks made the bike tolerable, I don't feel they are the answer. I believe it would have been better to put the money towards a better after market shock. I'm heading in that direction right now and I'm looking seriously at Hagon shocks.

I weigh in at 190 lbs and am 6 ft tall.
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Just to update this thread-

I contacted my local dealer and asked about the rear shock length -.
They said the center to center length is 340mm, or 13.39”
The travel length is 92mm, or 3.62”
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so ... its been a while and reading through this I see I hijacked this thread over a kickstand :-) found a roadster stand and its great BTW... has anyone tried the SE fork setup yet? Im running intiminators on the front and when I dropped them in found that my fork tubes were straitened at some point.... anyway Im considering buying this fork setup so I can have fresh strait fork tubes and better dampening?
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