AlsoCheck the rubber pad for deterioration or wear. Replace if any wear extends to wear line as shown.
It can only wear if your trying to ride off with the stand down. Maybe leaving the stand down was a big problem back in the 80's. I've also noticed they only seem only to have the pad on bikes with both side stand and centre stands. :?:Note: When replacing use a rubber pad with the mark "Over 260 lbs. Only"
I always wondered about that doo-dad too. This is all my manual says on the subject as well.Daver84 said:There is mention of the pad in the factory manual. Check the rubber pad for deterioration or wear. Replace if any wear extends to wear line as shown.
I agree. I remember reading something similar and that the rubber had a wear indicator on it.tubes_rock said:The consensus (and mind you that the consensus is often wrong in many matters...) from All Things Motorcycle is this:
"Older bikes have a rubber 'finger' extension at the tip of the stand that will wear over time. The purpose of that little 'finger' is to grab the pavement before the metal part of the stand itself does and ATTEMPT to pull the stand out of its locked position before it hits. There is a wear marker on these rubber extensions and when yours gets worn to that point it should be replaced because it no longer reaches the ground before the metal part of the side stand."
Maybe this fuels the fire, and maybe it will quiet this thread down, who knows? "The Shadow Knows!"