It is a bit of a departure for Cycle Cat to make a side stand, but in the case of the Ducati Monsters, there were so many reasons to do so, and so many customers requesting replacement side stands, that we added the DKS series to our line.
The design intent with the DKS side stands was to address the modifications to ride height made by many Monster owners, as well as make it possible to improve the resting angle on many Monsters equipped, as stock, with side stands which seem a little too short, resulting in an extreme, and often alarming, attitude for the bike when parked. We wanted to accomplish this with a very strong, very stable solution which was not only lighter than the stock piece, but hopefully, more beautiful as well.
To address all of the design criteria, we settled on three products, identical in function, but each of a different length, keeping the engineering simple and elegant. Of course, we included Cycle Cat's proprietary adjustable retraction stop, which enables the user to adjust the retracted position of the stand, for clearance of aftermarket pipes, or simply, adjustment for rider preference.
Which Stand Is Right for You?
The DKS-15 is designed for bikes which have been, or will be, lowered. If one has otherwise modified the ride height, and has a stock stand on the bike, place the bike on the stock side stand, then tilt it up to the desired resting angle, making sure to leave its weight on the suspension, as it would normally be at rest. Then, by measuring the space beneath the stock stand and the ground, one can get a good estimate of how much needs to be added to stock length to achieve the preferred resting angle.
For example, if the bike is stock, but seems to lean at too extreme an angle, and at the preferred resting angle, the stock side stand is about 1/2" off the ground, the DKS-35 would be the correct choice.