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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!
Yeah, it's my bike. Thanks for comment on the tank. When I got it was pretty rough shape. Oil leaked everywhere, would not start, missing nuts and bolts. Wiring shorted out. Rear brakes locked up, front rotor trashed, front caliper seized, tank full of rust, carb junk, so on.

I didn't really know enough about them to know how much of a piece of junk I traded for. Anyway, was still well worth it and fun project that gave me some quality time with wife and niece in the garage. I might post a thread on the rebuild soon. I do get lot of compliments on the tank. You can't really tell from the pics in this thread but I did the custom battery tray to match the tank also. It is not 100% done yet but close. Here is before pic.

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A cut up old socket, bolt, nut, washer. Almost looks like it's supposed to be there.
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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...
Thanks for reply and encouragement. For the record, I am very considerate for the safety of others. So I for now, I am taking it slow, very slow. First time out I just went around the block and never left 1st gear ... haha. I have a nice empty parking lot near me that I am able to toy around in also. I don't plan on taking it on main roads with other traffic until I am very comfortable. Hardest part so far was just getting the feel of the bike around tight corners and trusting my instinct. I have learned to use the rear brake and clutch in this case and getting pretty good in the empty parking lot. The other part was just getting used to down shifting and knowing what gear it is in. I think this old ironhead is little more finicky to shift than a modern bike.
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A cut up old socket, bolt, nut, washer. Almost looks like it's supposed to be there.
First one I've seen like that but great idea and looks great. Ironically, that's exactly where my original jiffy stand was cracked ... right at the base of the socket. I saved it along with all my other old parts for some reason. Would want to make sure that bolt is ultra strong.
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I liked it. For a quick fix.
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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...
NLXL, Lean on your 92 looks so similar to mine, out of curiosity I couldn't resist overlaying the images to see how close they actually are. Check this out, pretty much an exact match on the lean angle!

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NLXL, Lean on your 92 looks so similar to mine, out of curiosity I couldn't resist overlaying the images to see how close they actually are. Check this out, pretty much an exact match on the lean angle!

I like what you did with the overlay. Never thought of that, very smart
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My bike had a good lean to it. Lived in Phoenix, gets hot, sinks into asphalt, tips over,bends
the handlebars. Never did have a straight set of bars. I got the extended kickstand
and it has worked well for me. I think it gives a better angle for kicking also.
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The link below shows how Dr. Dick corrects jiffy stand lean angle on 60s Sportsters..

I do not know if this is the same procedure for your bike, different frames.

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Kenny on the shifting 75 was first year of left hand shift and was done by a cross over shaft that probably needs some TCL so check that out.
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