a car pulls up. Its my neighbor Leslie and she says "Are you OK?". Then she gets out of the car, climbs down in the ditch and gives me push up and out.
After that experience I got a car brake light switch, mounted it to the kickstand, and hooked it up to a red light on the instrument panel. It has done its job since then warning me when the stand is down!
Hi Al, That's a great idea putting a switch on the kickstand. I think the Japs took it a bit further on some models and had the switch wired into the ignition so the bike wouldn't even start if the stand was down.
I hope you remembered your neighbor at Christmas time, that was going above and beyond what most neighbors would do !
Concerning the stand legs breaking,it could be a couple of issues: improper heat treating of the metal , improper metal for that application, or both.
I did some machining for a local fellow that sells replica parts for vintage Harleys and Indians and the "Jiffy" stand leg had to be a specific grade of alloy steel, which was then heat treated to very strict specifications after fabricating. This of course, was to minimize leg failure on very expensive collector bikes.
That's what the trouble has been with cheap foreign replacement parts, you never know what you really have and whether it's even safe to use.
I hope your Holiday was good and keep up the good work on the Chief !