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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-30-2019, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Kickstand or suspension issue - I’m stumped

So just got a used 2017 black/black Z650 for my girlfriend today. It needs some work so I got a great deal. I did chain, oil, replaced scuffed plastics, fender delete....but the frickin kickstand is driving me crazy. It’s as if the bike is sitting higher than stock ride height. When the kick stand is down the bike literally has to lean so far over for it to start touching the ground that the bike just about will fall over. I’m stumped as to what could be causing this. It’s a stock kickstand. Is there any way the bike could have been raised!? The bike almost has to be raised but how!? All the rear suspension looks fairly stock but this vertical link looks bent (attached pics) can anyone maybe shed some light on this issue for me?
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Any chance they squeezed some taller tires on it? That contributes to lean angle on the sidestand. So, too, does moving the fork tubes down in the clamp. If prvs owner put in stiffer springs there'll be less sag and therefore a smidge more lean.

For my own part, my Z650 (brand new) leans left on its sidestand more than any bike I've ever owned. You have compared your bike's lean to that of a new one at a dealer, right?

I'm getting a sidestand foot cover to keep the sidestand from sinking into hot asphalt during our Florida summers. I hope it adds some height, too, and reduces the angle the bike leans over.
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Yeah we went to the dealership and figured out the bike sits a little over three inches taller than all the ones they had. The dogbone Mount should be completely straight not accordion’d shorter like the one on the bike I have. Spring is stock. Preload looks to be stock. Tires are gotta be a special breed of stupid to literally take the stock dogbone out and zig zag it more than three inches shorter just to raise a bike. So sketchy...look at the bend in the this pic. There’s two more bends further down that I couldn’t get into the frame of the picture.
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