No Toil Industries
For 2009-current Harley-Davidson Touring bikes only
$79.95 plus $4.00 shipping
Also sold through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited and Dennis Kirk
You roll up to a stop, put the kickstand down (or jiffy stand as Harley likes to call it), get off your bike and it suddenly hits the ground because the stock locking mechanism didn’t keep the stand in place. I had this problem on both my 2003 Heritage and 2006 Road Glide and after complaining about it, I adopted the procedure of holding the kickstand in place with my foot until the weight of the bike was entirely on the stand.
Dan Jensen from No Toil Industries experienced that same scenario more than once, but rather than complain about it he came up with a solution to the problem. He invented The Kicker. This unit replaces two pieces of the stock Harley system; specifically the kickstand spring and the leg stop, which attempts to hold the stand in place when it’s fully extended.
After watching him demonstrate it on his new Road Glide, I wanted one really badly. But this was brand new and, for now, only fit the 2009 to 2015 Harley Touring bikes. He hadn’t had enough time to design and manufacture it for other bikes yet. He gave me one to try out on a friend’s bike.
Just before Christmas I met with Rick Jensen from Monterey Bay H.O.G., who had recently purchased a 2014 Ultra Limited Harley, at his house. His mechanic, Dave Morgan, was also there to install it. Although the directions were easy enough to follow, what really helped was the installation video on the web site, showing the easy procedure of installing the unit.
Dave removed the two bolts holding the left floorboard, which exposed the kickstand and mounting plate. Removing the kickstand was easy enough once you unscrewed the stock leg stop. The stand now just rotated forward, allowing the spring to come loose so you could remove it.
The two bolts holding the kickstand mounting plate on were next. Once the plate was off, you installed the new spring relocating bracket from the Kicker kit and bolted it on with the supplied bolt and nylon locking nut. Now it was just a matter of putting it all back together. The old spring was replaced by the new high-tension spring and the leg stop was replaced with the new alignment locater. The combination of the new spring and alignment locater was what made the Kicker work so well.
Once installed, the new system snapped that kickstand right into place with a solid clunk you could hear across the street. Don’t forget to use blue Loctite on all bolts and observe proper torque specifications during reassembly. The new parts won’t help if they vibrate off before you get to put the kickstand down.
Rick took a trip to Palm Springs right after that for the rest of the week and put the new stand through its paces. Upon returning he said that the stand performed flawlessly—however, his biggest complaint was that the stand was now harder to extend because of the shape of the new alignment locater. He did say that it was something he would get used to after using it for a time and the kickstand snapped solidly into place every time he put it down. He also thought the unit was priced a little high. He’d like to see it down around $50.
To my way of thinking, though, $83.95 was definitely cheaper than replacing a dented piece of chrome or repairing paint damage. My biggest complaint is that I can’t get one for my old Heritage or Road Glide but Dan says that he’s working on outfitting more Harley models.