Keeping The Balance – Project Extendable Side Stand

Newsflash 29.01.2020
After 4 weeks of waiting for the Chinese dealership to supply us we where informed that currently there is a problem with delivery to India and we would receive a full refund.
Needless to say we are not happy. We will attempt ordering again in a month or so, hoping this glitch in international red tape has gone by then.

Most Himalayans run into problems with either upwards or downwards tilted ground. Even ground can lead to very straight up parking positions as well.
Over the years the side stand will tend to lean too much to the left. This usually is fixed with a hammer to get it back into position but that could damage the material.

We also all know a situation like this, where it would be just so nice to only have  to push a button – and the stand magically adjusts to the changing surface level:

As solution we are investigating an electrical actuator that is originally designed to lift medical OP tables and such. It is supposed to hold 140KG in extended position, made from durable aluminum and adds up to 15 cm to the length. We propose to shorten the stand by 3 cm from the get go thereby covering a “too steep to the right” position and any left leaning will be alleviated by the extender.

Operation is simple with an up/down toggle on the handle bar.

The sliding down / up manually will be unchanged from the OEM design as will be the engine shut off function etc. In case of failure in the contracted position one has a slightly shorter side stand than OEM, nothing to worry about too much.
We will design a bigger “foot” coming with it and possibly two different “foot end attachments”, one giving the original length, and one 3 cm shorter as proposed above, easily interchangeable.

Painted black it will not really look much different from the OEM.

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