It's Alive........It's Alive.........
Just got back from the Honda shop and I can finally ride this damn thing.....
This week I finally got the lowering links on and that is when I started asking about the sidestand and I really appreciate all of the responses about that.
This morning I rolled the bike off the centerstand and the bike came to rest on the stock sidestand and it was almost vertical. As I got on the bike it tipped to the right but my stoop caught me and the bike. Not even a scratch on either of us. At 68 I probably would not heal quickly.
At the Honda shop they said thirty minutes to put on the new 500s centerstand and sidestand. Almost two hours later they said they had finally finished. It seems the tech wasn't familiar with the DCT model and there was some issue.
The head service tech, who is about 5'3" tall, was able to put it on the centerstand and to roll it off by himself, but he is about 40 years younger than me. He rides a Ducati Monster and showed me that he can't even get both toes on the ground on his bike.
Leaving the shop felt sooooo much better now that I am on the balls of my feet and not on tip toes.
I did notice that putting the sidestand down might take a bit of a learning curve since I put one of those GIVI sidestand feet on the new sidestand and it scrapes as I lower it.
The city slogan here in Columbia, SC for years was 'Famously Hot' and it is slated to be 100 or above all weekend, but I am going to try to get in at least a hundred miles.
Thanks again for everything and have a great holiday weekend.