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Why Such Big Lean on Sidestand

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I know I'm not the only person who is bothered by how much my bike (cruiser, Honda Shadow 1100) leans to the left side when it is on the kickstand / sidestand.

I saw some photos of other peoples' bikes with a piece of a wooden board underneath the kickstand to lift it up, to make the lean angle less extreme.

Why don't motorcycle manufacturers build a kickstand to a height that gives you a slight lean when the bike is parked instead of an extreme lean.

I imagine this would be better for the engine is when it's idling : doesn't the oil have trouble pumping if the oil is not centrally located in the bottom of the crankcase?

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I'm envisioning a scenario where you check the fluids and pre-trip your bike in the garage,

then you push it out of the garage and start it in your driveway.

Let's assume that your driveway is level and you can safely leave it in neutral on the kickstand without it rolling away. Even if it's shaking and vibrating a little bit during low RPM idle.

Given such a scenario, is there a problem with letting it idle for 5 to 7 minutes on the side stand while you put on all your protective gear?
WOW. that must be a LOT of gear !! :)

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