i would not cut a perfectly good side stand. Welding will on some level compromise its strength. one just needs park the bike on the right angle. Each bike is unique in this respect. And as WoondWorks correctly pointed out, increasing the rear spring preload elevates the bike's hight. Considering that OEM suspension is already too soft, it is a good idea anyway. I my GS I did not notice any issues with the side stand; and I have side stand stand foot enlarger, which makes it even a bit longer.
as you love riding, you need to love you bike
Last edited by Kris; 04-25-2019 at 10:34 AM.