Maybe less air in the tyres might help also
I know you are taking the mick but...
One thing I do when two up and with luggage to make life easier for manoeuvring, putting side stand up and down, getting SWMBO on and off the bike etc. is to put the suspension into it's softest position to effectively lower the bike, then when you are set to move off I put it back to auto and off we go. Helps us a lot (Both vertically challenged, SWMBO disabled with limited mobility).
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It's interesting to note that the first time I heard about this problem whilst viewing the recent "Itchy Boots" video of Noraly riding the Dutch Police RT. Then I came across this thread where one of our own has the very same problem. As the W.C. RT's have been production for around seven years now (boy, doesn't time fly) I'm wondering if this has always been a problem or has there been a change to later built models ?.
Got to say, I'm only 5ft 8in and have a 31 inch leg on a good day. But I have owned a 2014 for 5 years, now a 1250 and ride 1200 and 1250 RTps and have never experienced any issues with flicking the side stand up and didn't even know there was a problem until I read this thread I have also got a good mate, who is a fair bit shorter than me and he has never mentioned any issues and when I've ridden with him I haven't seen him struggle.
Since i bought my bike in 2016 the first time I came across the problem when I put my bike in for a minor service and the 'nice' guy in the workshop oiled/greased up the side stand mechanism so that it was no longer stiff and would not half stick in position when I was trying to kick it down with my left foot. Had to get a passerby to push down the stand.
Interesting responses! Thank you. I haven't had a chance yet with the small hose clamp screwed firmly on the ball. I guess when all else fails I could try the piece of string idea. Another thought is to remove the side stand and weld a steel "hook" to the ball, pointing to the rear and the hook part pointing down ward when the side stand is down, again to provide some sort of traction to the top of the boot.
What side stand foot is this please, and would it fit the LC? Looking through the various forums I've seen mention of a side stand enlarger for the Police model but can't find a photo of it... anybody know what it looks like please?
I test rode an LC six weeks ago and bought it on 15th Dec, a couple of days later it was delivered and there it sits having not turned a wheel since . I enjoyed the test ride but when I got back to the Dealers I do remember looking down and thinking "Where the hell's the side stand?" and it was a bit of a performance to reach for it and get it down. Perhaps more practice is needed!
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As previously mentioned it was a Police Model that Noraly (Itchy Boots) rode and had difficulty with. Incidentally, she also had difficulty with the Gear Shift lever. Although we know that his can be adjusted.