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It's happened two times now in a thousand miles of riding this 06 gsxr.
It has to be the kick stand kill switch. Coming to a hard stop the bike stalled on me, coasting to the light, it starts right back up. I tried lubing the kickstand switch, but i think its the kickstand spring, its not that strong. a few times after kicking the stand up, I still had to push it up a little with my foot as it didn't activate the switch.

so its either, lessen the pressure on the switch or increase the pressure on the kickstand.
Whats the best way with this ?

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I would start with a new spring. I've not taken the kickstand off my bike for any reason, but alot of bikes have a bushing that helps reduce drag as well. A new spring, possibly bushings and some lube should do it.
 

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Sprayed mine with some of that 'dry lube' really good, snapped right up after that every time!
 

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I used teflon grease on the spring of the kick stand, not really anything on the kill switch.
Did you use the dry lube on the kill switch? maybe I'll try that with some graphite .

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When you lubed the kickstand did you simply spray it, or did you disassemble it, clean both the mount and the stand, apply grease, and reassemble it?
Mine wasn't going up easily, especially as it approached the resting point, and fully disassembling it and greasing it made a huge difference. I didn't even have to buy a spring, which I was planning to do if the cleaning and regreasing didn't work. I tried spray lubricants prior, it didn't help nearly as much.
 

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First of all, the spring is actually two springs, one inside the other. If you're missing one, it won't come/say up properly.

The kickstand pivots on a stepped bolt. Grease is your friend there. A water resistant wheel bearing grease is preferred. Remove the pivot bolt to properly grease things.

The kickstand mounting bolts look like this:


They use a high strength thread lock and tend to set in place because of the thread lock and their location. Furthermore the hex socket is shallower than a standard socket head bolt so it's easy for a hex drive to strip in the socket. I had mine off about a month ago and that happened on one. It took a large Channellock pliers on the outer serrated portion to get it out. I suggest that you consider replacing your bolts with some hex flange bolts. It's a hardware store item but there are some cheap titanium bolts on ebay right now. Even with the hex head, the springs still clear.

I noticed some slop in the fit between the kickstand and it's bracket so I added a .012" shim to tighten things up. It's still loose enough to come right up but there's noticeably less room for wiggle in the kickstand.

This is from another thread here and shows what things can get to:


Rather than fool with the kickstand bolts, he cut the front linkage bolt in half to get it out.
 

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When you lubed the kickstand did you simply spray it, or did you disassemble it, clean both the mount and the stand, apply grease, and reassemble it?
Mine wasn't going up easily, especially as it approached the resting point, and fully disassembling it and greasing it made a huge difference. I didn't even have to buy a spring, which I was planning to do if the cleaning and regreasing didn't work. I tried spray lubricants prior, it didn't help nearly as much.
just sprayed it. It's an after market kickstand that is adjustable (guy had it lowered before me, I raised it back up)

I'll disassemble it this weekend for sure!

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just sprayed it. It's an after market kickstand that is adjustable (guy had it lowered before me, I raised it back up)

I'll disassemble it this weekend for sure!

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While you're at it, why not just buy yourself an OEM kickstand that is used? You can pick one up for about $15-20.
 

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yea??

I mean the stand seems ok, just need a stronger spring, I'll try the cleaning trick but yea, I might do that if this doesn't work
 

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I say that because the adjustable stands are often cheapo eBay specials that don't seem nearly sturdy enough. But, if it's a high-quality branded one, then keep it.
 
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