“Big Foot” for Side Stand

Bruce Humphrey sent us this quick and dirty way to stop your side stand sinking unto soft sand:

This morning I photographed my “Big Foot” side stand accessory which I made over 15 years ago and still use today.  Cheap and cheerful, and usable on any bike and way cheaper than getting big-foot add-ons.  It is simply a square, with rounded corners, of 3mm aluminium tread plate with a hole in one corner for a length of nylon cord.  Mine is 95mm square and the cord has a large loop at the free end to loop over the rear view mirror.  It fits easily in a shirt or jacket pocket and is so light you aren’t even aware of it.

Looks like a simple enough way to stop your side stand sinking into soft surfaces.
Looks like a simple enough way to stop your side stand sinking into soft surfaces.

Stop the bike in soft conditions where the side stand may sink in and topple the bike, and just pull out the BBF (Bruce Big Foot), loop the top loop over the rear view mirror and drop the plate onto the ground.  Nudge in around with your foot until it is under the side stand foot and lean the bike onto it.  Works fantastically in mud and sand.  When you set off again just sit on the bike and bring it up vertical, pull the plate up with the cord and wrap the cord round the plate and pop it in a pocket.  With all the bikes I have owned it has saved me thousands on buying special big-foot extensions, and even works perfectly on big bikes like my BMW 1200 GS Adventure which weighed a ton.

Thanks Bruce – much appreciated.

Roger de la Harpe

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