Are Honda to Q blame for my side­stand is­sues?

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I have re­cently bought a Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Man­ual and have re­ported to Honda UK that I feel the side­stand does not al­low the bike to rest at a se­cure an­gle while parked. My bike re­cently had a slow punc­ture un­be­known to me, and on my re­turn to the bike I found it on its side with £2000 worth of dam­age. I have chat­ted with other own­ers and quite a few have had is­sues with the side­stand. Any help or ad­vice you can of­fer would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Jon Reid, email

A An­swered by Chris Dabbs, MCN

I’m sorry to hear about this, it must have been a shock for you when you re­turned to your bike. How­ever, I can see Honda ar­gu­ing that it was only the slow punc­ture that al­lowed the bike to set­tle down so much that it top­pled over and the stand is func­tional (if mar­ginal) in nor­mal use. Get­ting to­gether with other own­ers to make a ‘class ac­tion’ type ap­proach might bear fruit, but I have to say it’s a long-shot.

MCN reader Jon says £2000 of dam­age was caused when Africa Twin top­pled

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