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Or with just a few parts, switch it back to right side shift!!
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If your side stand is getting bent,

QUIT TRANSPORTING THE BIKE ON THE SIDE STAND!

Tying the bike down in a trailer or pickup on the side stand puts the full weight of the bike against the side stand. It was never intended to support that much weight (only 1 third of the weight with the bike stationary). When you tie it down on a moving platform the front and rear suspension will compress on bumps and that transfers a high percentage of the bikes weight to the side stand and over loads the side stand mount.

So stand the bike up straight when tying it down and you won't damage the side stand.
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Kenny,
Your bike is at about the maximum tilt I'd be comfortable with if were mine. Everybody's right about parking on the stand with the forks turned to the left and that's the position you want to set up your stand.
Here's a thought for correcting the lean as long as it doesn't need a shim as thick as a two by four. First check to see if there should be a bushing in the hole where the kick stand bolt goes through (some had them, some years didn't). If yours takes one and it's missing or badly worn, fix that and see if it improves things any.
IF you still need to build up the kick stand 'foot', get a piece of card stock or cardboard like from a cereal box. Set the bike on the stand with the stand sitting on the card stock. Trace around the kickstand 'foot' and you've got a paper template. Figure out how much you'd have to shim up the foot to get the bike where you want it and cut out a piece of steel plate stock that thickness using your template as a pattern. Remove the kick stand and see if there's some of the foot ground away from years of use. If so, even better; it'll serve to help align the piece you're adding.
Drill a couple of holes in the piece you've cut out and put it in place on the flat of the kick stand foot. Plug weld the piece on through the holes and/or run a bead around the addition. Finish as desired.
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Another point to consider... when a Harley is parked on it's sidestand with the front wheel pointed straight or to the right, the front fork isn't locked. Something to consider if you're paranoid about theft.
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