How to Modify a Motorcycle Kickstand to Decrease Lean

Updated July 20, 2017

A motorcycle's kickstand supports the motorcycle while it is stationary. The kickstand is located on the left side of the bike and is attached to the lower frame rail. Occasionally, the kickstand is too short and the bike leans over too much. Lengthening the kickstand allows the motorcycle sit in a more upright position. Most kickstands are steel, so the easiest way to lengthen the kickstand is to weld on a section of steel tubing. Lengthening may not be possible if the kickstand is cast aluminium or if it is chromed. Some motorcycles can be purchased with extended kickstand options.

Temporarily support the motorcycle on its centre stand, if it's equipped with one. If there is no centre stand, temporarily support the motorcycle with a motorcycle jack.

Use the pliers to remove spring from the back of the kick stand. Use the socket wrench to remove the kickstand from the bike.

Use a bandsaw or hacksaw to cut the kickstand near its centre point. Use the pneumatic air sander to sand away paint from the two ends you cut. Remove approximately 3 inches of paint from each end.

Cut a section of steel tubing approximately 1 inch in length. The section of tubing should be as close in diameter to the kickstand as possible. Place the tubing section in between the cut sections of the kickstand so they are all end-to-end and weld the sections together. Sand the welded area smooth after the weld cools.

Paint the kickstand and reinstall it on the motorcycle.


Always lengthen the kickstand by adding a piece to the middle. Do not cut the base.


Do not lengthen the kickstand too much. A motorcycle that sits too upright is not stable and may tip over.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket Wrench
  • Sockets
  • Pliers
  • Air compressor
  • Pneumatic sander
  • Band saw or hacksaw
  • MIG welder
  • Steel tubing
  • Touch up paint
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About the Author

Emrah Oruc is a general contractor, freelance writer and former race-car mechanic who has written professionally since 2000. He has been published in "The Family Handyman" magazine and has experience as a consultant developing and delivering end-user training. Oruc holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in economics from the University of Delaware.