Join Date: May 2016
Year/Make/Model: 03 Vulcan 1600 Classic
I just had the same problem tonight after the 40 mile, mostly highway, ride home from work. Luckily it happened in my driveway, and the spring didn't go bouncing off on I-84. The kickstand does feel a bit limp, and has some play it it. It seems to be a combination of bad design and poor assembly. First, the ends of the springs are too wide open, allowing them to move too much as they lose tension. If the ends of the springs were more curved and closed more, there would be less front to back movement when the stand was in the upright position. Second. There is nothing preventing them from sliding off the ends of the posts they are "attached" to. There is a slot on the posts that could hold a retaining clip in place, however I do not believe one is installed.
I did zip tie the lower end on, and will do the upper when I have a second set of hands to support the bike while I work. I am also going to get a set of retaining pins to try as a temporary fix to avoid having to drill and tap the hole on the mounting tab.