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There are numerous comments about the side stand being too long causing the bike to be near vertical with the risk of toppling. I've managed to do that so it is for real! Spoke to my BMW dealer and he said my problem is I was in comfort mode as opposed to dynamic mode and dynamic mode would raise the bike a bit, change the c of gravity and all would be well.

I've sat on bike, ran engine, changed to dynamic mode from road and felt nothing! Certainly bike is still too vertical for safety in a mega windy environment where I live...think one of the largest onshore windfarms in the USA just down the road in the Coachella valley, southern CA.

A buddy has tried to find an after market adjustable stand and found nothing. Is the only solution to cut out a few mm from the stand and reweld it?
 

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I had 5/8th (16mm) cut and then tig welded and it works perfectly as long as you are not using lowered foot pegs.
It is also critical that the orientation angle be exactly the same after it is welded so it does not contact the gearshift lever.

best $40 I have spent recently

You can also order a stand that is sold for Asian Market bikes.

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I've sat on bike, ran engine, changed to dynamic mode from road and felt nothing!
You sure you changed the ESA mode rather than Riding (engine) mode? On the 1200LC the modes are not linked, and ESA in Dynamic definitely adds more preload. Changing the Riding (engine) mode doesn’t affect the suspension at all.
 

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It's still prone to toppling over in less-than-ideal conditions, Dynamic ESA, '2-up+luggage' pre-load, unweighting the suspension before shutting off the engine, and all. Trust me, mine has the scars to prove it. All of the above help, but at least for me, the bike still sits too upright on the side stand.
 

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Spoke to my BMW dealer and he said my problem is I was in comfort mode as opposed to dynamic mode and dynamic mode would raise the bike a bit, change the c of gravity and all would be well.
Top dealer bull. Yes the side stand is a pain in the arse. I find myself using the centre stand a lot.
 

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There are numerous comments about the side stand being too long causing the bike to be near vertical with the risk of toppling.
I've gotten into the habit of lifting my butt off of the seat before shutting off the ignition so the suspension locks at full extension. The kickstand is still too long. The centerstand drags in RH turns so it's on the shelf.
 

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I've gotten into the habit of lifting my butt off of the seat before shutting off the ignition so the suspension locks at full extension. The kickstand is still too long. The centerstand drags in RH turns so it's on the shelf.
I've tried that multiple times and it never worked for me. The only solution was to get a shorter kickstand.
 

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The centerstand drags in RH turns so it's on the shelf.
Did you check that the bumper stop wasn’t too long? I fitted a shorter one so that the stand sits higher.
 

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Did you check that the bumper stop wasn’t too long? I fitted a shorter one so that the stand sits higher.
Having read your sage recommendation I razor trimmed a bit over a half off the thickness. Still dragged the CS before the Puig RH footpeg.
 
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There are numerous comments about the side stand being too long causing the bike to be near vertical with the risk of toppling. I've managed to do that so it is for real! Spoke to my BMW dealer and he said my problem is I was in comfort mode as opposed to dynamic mode and dynamic mode would raise the bike a bit, change the c of gravity and all would be well.

I've sat on bike, ran engine, changed to dynamic mode from road and felt nothing! Certainly bike is still too vertical for safety in a mega windy environment where I live...think one of the largest onshore windfarms in the USA just down the road in the Coachella valley, southern CA.

A buddy has tried to find an after market adjustable stand and found nothing. Is the only solution to cut out a few mm from the stand and reweld it?
all you have to do is buy a wider "footprint" at the bottom of the kickstand--several companys offer this slide on lock set footprint at 20-30 bux... granted something you should NEVER have to buy if BMW engineers had properly done their job......
 

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all you have to do is buy a wider "footprint" at the bottom of the kickstand--several companys offer this slide on lock set footprint at 20-30 bux... granted something you should NEVER have to buy if BMW engineers had properly done their job......
Have you a link for one that works cos I can't get my mind round how adding something to the foot will cause the bike to lean more. In my garage I ride onto a half inch piece of ply and outside I find the right slope but today...i stopped to help a Harley rider (yeah!!) with what turned out to be a split gas pipe. I couldn't find an easy spot to lean bike with steep camber on both sides of road and soft sand after. Had to park facing into traffic. Bloody stupid design and why haven't they fixed it??!!
 

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what the wider footprint does is create more stability at the base of the klickstand thereby ensuing the bike stays in the position u leave it in when getting off it -- if memory serves correctly maybe i got it from twisted throttle? It's been many years ive had it but well worth the 20-30 bux--it virtually doubles the size of the "foot" of the kick stand.
 

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what the wider footprint does is create more stability at the base of the klickstand thereby ensuing the bike stays in the position u leave it in when getting off it -- if memory serves correctly maybe i got it from twisted throttle? It's been many years ive had it but well worth the 20-30 bux--it virtually doubles the size of the "foot" of the kick stand.
The issue for the newer LC models isn't the foot it's the length of the stand, and adding an accessory foot would make the issue worse, so for the newer models this is not the issue the OP is having...

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Had same problem with my 2016 LC sport.
My buddy who is an expert welder performed a "cut n shut", taking a few mm off and respraying it.
No more fear of bike falling over, irrespective of suspension setting.
Ride safe <><
 
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