I still freak when I am on the right side of the bike gently letting it down off of my yellow jack--and that's after, before lowering the bike, I went around and MADE SURE the jiffy stand was fully extended.It will scare the crap out of you for a solid year. My wife still freaks. ..
Way too much bike...........or beer?last week at the demo rides at harley sturgis I was sitting on cvo ultra waiting to pull out when a girl on a '14 street glide sitting in front of me must have forgot something - she did not try to put the kick stand down she just got off the bike and it went over - three guys dove for it but it just sat on engine guard no damage - she got her cell phone they put her back on the bike - I followed behind her thru the course she road slow but nearly fell over at every stop it was way too much bike for her.
That is the right way. Hold it forward and then lean it over.The way the HD jiffy stand is designed is great, yet I've been riding them since I was a pup and still hold my toe against the stand as I lean it over. My mind knows the dam thing works great, but trust in it, I do not.
Yep Yep hold it forward. Old FXR rider buddy dropped his by not doing that. I must have heard him tell me that dozen times when I bought my Softail. Finally made a point of pointing at it when deploying it. Gives me a one finger salute when I occasionally do it now...That is the right way. Hold it forward and then lean it over.
It will not fail.
I learned something new. I didn't know it locks. Checked it out today. Son of a gun, it does lock!If this is your first Harley then I would say yes this is normal. If you have owned Harleys before and this one does not seem like the others you may want to have the dealer look at it. Metric cruisers swing to a more forward position because they do not have a locking mechanism on them like the harley.