98 R1100RT side stand extension

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98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Fox5flyer » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:02 pm

My bike did a slow fall over when the side stand sank in soft dirt. No damage, but I don't want to deal with it again as it was bugger to pick up, even with my wife helping me. If she hadn't been there I'd have had much bigger problems.
What I'm seriously considering is an extension that make a bigger foot print and also adds about 3/8" to the height of the stand, something I've been needing because it leans a bit more than I'm comfortable with when on soft ground. After an Ebay search I've found a ton of options that would work nicely, but the only one's that seem suitable are those for a R1200Rt as I can't find one specifically for mine, the RT1100RT.
My question is, would the R1200RT version work on mine? It appears it would, but before I commit I'd like to hear from anyone who has direct knowledge.
Thanks for any input, pro or con.
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby King Herald » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:01 am

I cut a larger footprint for mine, from 2mm steel, and welded it on with some small stitch welds so it can be removed if ever I decide to. It's about 5/8" (16mm) bigger all the way round. I put the bike on the stand, on the patch, before I welded it, so it definitely sat flat to the ground when in use.

I'd post a pic but there is a size limit on this forum and I've messed about before trying to get pics small enough, with no success.
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby keiththeoutfitter1 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:10 am

This fits the 1100RT

https://www.bobsbmw.com/store/product/i ... rt--r1150r

To add thickness, a piece of 1/2” aluminium plate cut to shape and drilled could be added underneath using longer bolts
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:47 am

The easiest answer is a seperate 'plate' that can be carried somewhere convenient and used when needed. These are easily obtainable at next to no cost... in fact, I think the one I use was given away as a freebie with insurance some time ago. In extremity, it is quite satisfactory to use a piece of plank. Most bigger 'feet' you can buy will tend to get in the way and look ungainly and you don't need it most of the time. The only drawback is that you need to be able to get access to it easily when parking the bike... but that's really just a matter of finding the right place to keep it.

Beware adding length to the stand. A more upright position may look safer but it isn't necessarily. The bike needs to be putting some weight on the stand to hold it stable. With the bike more upright, there is a greater risk of the bike rolling or being knocked off the stand.

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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Fox5flyer » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:31 pm

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Every little bit helps.
This morning, with the bike on the center stand, I lowered the side stand and from the ground to the bottom of the side stand pad it was 3.75" or 9.5cm. I'm curious how that correlates to what others have. I've had a lot of bikes and this one just seems to lean a bit too much, but then again, if its normal, I won't worry much about it.
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby King Herald » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:37 pm

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Every little bit helps.
This morning, with the bike on the center stand, I lowered the side stand and from the ground to the bottom of the side stand pad it was 3.75" or 9.5cm. I'm curious how that correlates to what others have. I've had a lot of bikes and this one just seems to lean a bit too much, but then again, if its normal, I won't worry much about it.
Deke
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Mines the same.
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby keiththeoutfitter1 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:14 pm

While the bike is on the main stand lower the prop stand and see if you can waggle it up and down. This will show up any wear in the prop stand bush and/or pivot pin
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Fox5flyer » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:53 am

OK, looks like mine is OK. Just a tiny bit of slop, so other than a bit larger contact pad, I guess I'll stop chasing shadows and leave it alone. Might help to be more careful where I park it.
Thanks for all the help. Much appreciated.
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Old Foxy » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:19 pm

Deke,

You can get a side stand enlarger for your R1100RT from Motorworks here in the UK (www.motorworks.co.uk):-

Side stand enlarger - P.N. FRA32380

Might be a tad dear, with shipping etc. Easy enough to get something similar welded on to your side stand locally, I'd have thought.

Enlargers are very popular, as BMW are a bit mean with the original fitment. I fitted a Wunderlich enlarger to my previous K1600 and now have one on my R1250RT. Pricey, but it only has to save one topple to pay for itself. You still need to watch where you park, of course!

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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Jockboxer » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:45 am

Simply cut a footprint out of scrap wood. Drill it and tie a length of string, sufficient to reach the handlebars. Place it under the sidestand when parking and retrieve by winding in the string when leaving. Place in the glove box. Go.

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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:10 pm


I'd post a pic but there is a size limit on this forum and I've messed about before trying to get pics small enough, with no success.
The size limits for images on this forum are quite small. I don't know what platform you are using but, in Windows 10, there is a handy resize facility in the file explorer app. Just right click on the image icon in file explorer and it will ask you how big you want it. Occasionally, I've had the forum software refuse to accept images resized in this way so, if that fails, you can easily resize images using the 'Paint' app which is still supplied with W10.

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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Fox5flyer » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:32 pm

Simply cut a footprint out of scrap wood. Drill it and tie a length of string, sufficient to reach the handlebars. Place it under the sidestand when parking and retrieve by winding in the string when leaving. Place in the glove box. Go.
Now that is about as simple as simple can get! Love it.
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Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Postby Fox5flyer » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:12 pm

This fits the 1100RT

https://www.bobsbmw.com/store/product/i ... rt--r1150r

To add thickness, a piece of 1/2” aluminium plate cut to shape and drilled could be added underneath using longer bolts
Thanks for the link, Keith. I just ordered it and will post results to the forum when I've checked it out.
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