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When I got this 75 the original jiffy stand was cracked in half near the base. So I ordered and installed and aftermarket replacement. I wish I would of replaced it with an extended length stand now but lesson learned.

The lean on this thing seems pretty dramatic to me. Every time I park it I cant help but think the weight on it is going to eventually give in somewhere. Especially because I know it's an aftermarket and not a Harley original it makes me consider the strength. I know I can put a piece of hardwood under it or something else but would like to know what your opinions are on the lean. Seems to be way more dramatic than original would of a been but maybe its just me?

Could you take a quick look at the pics and let me know what you think. Is the lean anything to worry about or am I just paranoid for nothing?



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how about a pic of the kickstand when it's parked.i had one of those extended jiffy stands 1'' also aftermarket.it snapped from kicking my stroker motor.
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how about a pic of the kickstand when it's parked.i had one of those extended jiffy stands 1'' also aftermarket.it snapped from kicking my stroker motor.
OK, will post one soon. Thanks for looking!
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On the second pic it doesn't look that dramatic. Not more than my standard jiffy on a '92 883



...or my '84 ironhead...
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My '94 leans about that much on the OEM stand. I've always thought it was excessive. When I park it in the garage I put a 2" spacer under it. My GoldWing doesn't list anywhere near that much on the side stand.
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NLXL,

Thanks for posting those pics. Lean is very similar to mine. I did google a bunch of pics of ironheads first but did not really see many that leaned like mine or really showed the lean. I have some piece of mind now. I think I was just so used to having it nice and secure on my bike stand while working on it that just need to get used to using the jiffy now.

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how about a pic of the kickstand when it's parked.i had one of those extended jiffy stands 1'' also aftermarket.it snapped from kicking my stroker motor.
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On the second pic it doesn't look that dramatic. Not more than my standard jiffy on a '92 883



...or my '84 ironhead...
I notice on your 92 is parked with the wheel straight. I worry about the wheel turning on its own and shifting weight. Pic of your 84 shows handlebars turned right. For some reason, I feel more comfortable parking mine that way also. Thing is I was told always park it with handlebars turned turned left.

I know these are little silly things I guess ... but for the record, I am a newbie. I got this bike on a whim and fixed it up. Honestly didn't even know how to ride since never rode a motorcycle before this. Road it for the first time a few weeks ago and admit was scared of it at first. I didn't have anyone to really show me the ropes so watched a youtube video and said WTF here I go.
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The first two pics in this thread (your bike, yes?) are pretty close to how mine leans, too. Looks ok to me. I sometimes park mine with the bars to the right also, no problems there. Makes it easy to get into my tool bag on my forks and not have everything spill out. I dig the gas tank!
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I notice on your 92 is parked with the wheel straight. I worry about the wheel turning on its own and shifting weight. Pic of your 84 shows handlebars turned right. For some reason, I feel more comfortable parking mine that way also. Thing is I was told always park it with handlebars turned turned left.

I know these are little silly things I guess ... but for the record, I am a newbie. I got this bike on a whim and fixed it up. Honestly didn't even know how to ride since never rode a motorcycle before this. Road it for the first time a few weeks ago and admit was scared of it at first. I didn't have anyone to really show me the ropes so watched a youtube video and said WTF here I go.
Normaly I park the bike with the wheel turned to the left. That makes more sense, that way the wheel won't turn by itself and hit the garage wall or maybe other bikes next to it. Another reason to park it with the wheel to the left is that you can use the steering lock. I parked them this way for the looks of the pictures.

Well, we were all newbies once. Some of us learned it the hard way, you really don't want that...If you still feel insecure and really want to get good riding skills, please consider a riding course. There are courses (at least in the country where I live) where you can even do this on your own bike. This will help you to learn the trick of the trade. How to use the brakes (both!), cornering, avoiding hazardous situations etc...
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