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Side stand bending

Postby REW » Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:18 pm

How easy is it to bend or change the line of the prop stand (the usual 50's item many of us have)?

My M20 stand is slightly custom bent, shall we say, and could do with straightening by a few mm once I remove it from the bike again. I have visions of placing it on a solid surface with the bend uppermost and whacking it with a large lump hammer to flatten the curve.

What is the stand made of and will it stand cold bending does anyone know?
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Re: Side stand bending

Postby ajscomboman » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:06 pm

Place it in a vice and with the aid of a scaffold pole tweak it to where you want it. I always do mine cold, same with footrests.

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Re: Side stand bending

Postby Mick D » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:08 pm

Hi

Yes it can be bent cold quite safely - I'd clamp it in a vice and sleeve a steel tube over it for leverage and control but your method will also work.

It's even easier if you can heat it to cherry red.

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Re: Side stand bending

Postby Rob Harknett » Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:50 pm

I have successfully straitened brake pedals in a large vice, using 6 mm plywood twin sticked on the vice jaws each side. No brute strength needed, just gently tightening the vice.
It never came out the vice straight. So I added say 2/3 mm thick thin strip of wood where it needed to be over bent. It then came out the vice straight. ( Another trick the old boy across the road taught me when I was a teen to straighten my bent bicycle pedal arms ) Try that Ron to get your stand arm spot on as you want it. You will need a big heavy vice.

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Re: Side stand bending

Postby SPRIDDLER » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:13 pm

If the vice wasn't solid enough I've jammed footpegs and brake levers in the grille over the street gutter drain.
Attach a bit of string first!
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Re: Side stand bending

Postby 56G80S » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:40 pm

Have to say I've gone the vice route for preference in the past but not with prop stands.

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Re: Side stand bending

Postby Rob Harknett » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:58 pm

SPRIDDLER wrote:If the vice wasn't solid enough I've jammed footpegs and brake levers in the grille over the street gutter drain.
Attach a bit of string first!

Did you also put half penny's on the railway line to flatern them out as big as penny's?

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Re: Side stand bending

Postby SPRIDDLER » Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:19 pm

Rob Harknett wrote:
SPRIDDLER wrote:If the vice wasn't solid enough I've jammed footpegs and brake levers in the grille over the street gutter drain.
Attach a bit of string first!

Did you also put half penny's on the railway line to flatern them out as big as penny's?


No Rob, but funny you should say that because when I went to the Gents after getting my first pair of bifocals I saw a big one and a little one. I knew the big one wasn't mine so I put it away.


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Re: Side stand bending

Postby Andy51 » Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:24 pm

I bent my footrests (same material as side stand) successfully cold, but it needed a large vice and length of tube. Andy

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Re: Side stand bending

Postby REW » Fri May 01, 2020 9:54 am

Thank You everyone, that's what I needed to know!

I have the vice and a street gutter (which I have used for similar exploits before) so will have a go if I can't get the clearance I need by careful readjustment.

I will take my glasses off to avoid bending the wrong item Sprid.
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