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I need a sidestand (/2) for occasional use such as loading onto a ferry and putting front wheel up against the bulkhead before tie down. I know there are a variety of sidestands out there and I've read reports about them. I am looking for recommendations from those who use them. thanks

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Here is one good option: Bob

Here is one good option:

Bob Van Farowe sidestand (2792 24th Ave., Hudsonville, MI 49426; tel. 616-896-8469). I think it is $135.

If you get one of Bob's, here is an installation hint. To mound the "strap" on the rear of it, remove the muffler and slide it over the exhaust pipe. Trust me -- trying to wrap the strap over the pipe and get the bolt reinserted through it does not work. Slide it on the pipe without removing the strap's bolt. I learned that on the second one I installed Sad

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Thanks.....

I appreciate the picture and the mounting hint.

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I had a Brown's side stand on

I had a Brown's side stand on my /5 and it was great. Looked very much like the picture above. I think Vech sells the Brown's for /2 for less than $200. The stubby BMW side stand works, but it is pretty feeble.

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side stand

The side stand pictured is the best one I've ever had on the five slash-2s I've owned over the years. I wonder if anyone can identify it? I've never been able to locate another one and I suspect it may be a one-off modification to a more common stand. Still, it was sturdy, held the bike at a comfortable angle, and sin of sins, the bike could be kickstarted when supported by this stand.

Unfortunately this is the only photo I have because in an extended senior moment I sold my unrestored R69S four-years ago. Still kicking myself.

I am in the process though of acquiring another slash-2 and would like to put my old stand on it. Any help appreciated.

JoeK

  • kickstand on my previous R69S
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A note of caution...

There have been earlier discussions of the van Farowe stand, which is the same one Vech sells. I have one and it is a nice stand, much better designed and better made than the other aftermarket stands that are available. However, I had do do some modifications to get it to lean over far enough to make the bike stable. Out of the box it left my bone-stock R69S standing almost straight upright, and the slightest bump would send it over on the right side. After several near disasters, I talked to Bob, who expressed surprise and invited me to return it. Vech said that he had heard of my problem from some other buyers. Having little to lose, I finally just heated it, gave it a slightly altered bend, and now it works fine.

Chances are good that if you buy one of these, it will work as expected. But don't be too surprised if you have to tweak it. In the end, it is vastly better than the factory original.

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I have bought five Van Farowe stands for Earles /2s

Never had a problem with any of them.

Bought one as a gift for a friend, and he has no problem either.

No "tweaking" needed here.

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side stand

kirkby2123 wrote:

The side stand pictured is the best one I've ever had on the five slash-2s I've owned over the years. I wonder if anyone can identify it? I've never been able to locate another one and I suspect it may be a one-off modification to a more common stand. Still, it was sturdy, held the bike at a comfortable angle, and sin of sins, the bike could be kickstarted when supported by this stand.

Unfortunately this is the only photo I have because in an extended senior moment I sold my unrestored R69S four-years ago. Still kicking myself.

I am in the process though of acquiring another slash-2 and would like to put my old stand on it. Any help appreciated.

JoeK

I had one of those on a R50. The lever is from a /5 and it's mounted on a plate that bolts onto the motor mount bolts.
Nice and sturdy but good luck finding one! I have no idea who made them.

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side stand

I saw a /5 lever on eBay a few months ago that did look like mine except it had a couple of holes drilled in the tab on the bottom of the stand. Should have bought it for $35. Hindsight 20/20. Thanks for the help.

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