Originally Posted by Jimmym
I have just purchased a vrod 2002 & I failed to register it at the test centre because when the officer lifted the Motorcycle off the side stand, he expected it to fold up without any help from his left foot. I argued that it needs a little touch from your foot for this to happen as the spring is basically straight in line with the outstretched arm. Is this correct.?
I don't know of any side stands that retract automatically. That would be stupid. I think the officer needs a new line of work based on his lack of basic knowledge. As for the stand itself, keep all the pin and bushings in good shape and regular grease and it will serve you well. Gentle use helps too as it's not the most robust unit ever designed. The R model v rod has a more robust , conventional design of the bunch.