|The KLR will get you anywhere|
At Rocky Point Newfoundland, while on my heavily loaded KLR, I got off the bike to take a few shots…
A search with keywords such as “kawasaki versys 650 kickstand plate” brought a whole list of decent kickstand plates, that were certainly a whole lot cheaper than those that I’d seen on other online websites, especially when you view the selection available with free shipping.
I knew that it wouldn’ be SW-Motech or Touratech but I’m on a budget and was able to find a few styles coming in at under $12 with free shipping!
Touratech wants $59 before shipping for this model:
|Touratech Kickstand Adapter|
I placed an order for the eBay special and sat down to wait out the month or more it took to arrive from China.
It was made from a piece of aluminum with stainless steel fasteners and looked like it had just come off the CNC machine. supplied with a hex key all I had to do was use some thread lock (I’m an Ex-KLR rider remember) and it was on the bike in under ten minutes.
Pros: Price and performance is brilliant.
Cons: 5% of the time when parking on very loose soil I still needed a kickstand puck, but that was due in part to a heavily loaded touring bike on boggy earth. The Touratech model is larger and probably would have worked in all fairness, but I saved about five tanks of gas plus! 🙂
Parked on that 5% patch where I still needed that kickstand plate.
|Crescent Beach NS|
|That foot plate is brilliant!|
|It sinks in the dense sand, but finds bottom!|
On a recent trip to Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route I stopped on Crescent Beach to take the shots above, and instead of balancing and dropping a kickstand puck then post photos, trying not to dump the bike as I collect, all I had to do was lower the stand and exercise a bit of caution on the dismount. Absolutely brilliant!
Once again, I used blue loctite on the threads so I wouldn’t bemoan the loss of the adapter, but it has worked well in cow pastures, sandy beaches, and hot asphalt.
All this for only twelve dollars…