I'm still very pleased with the stand, it has been really good. I'm 5' 10" and I can easily move the stand down with my toe, lean the bike over (even loaded), and then get off. One thing you must be carefull with is the self retracting feature. I have been packing the panniers when I've pushed down on the contents of the R/H one, the bike has come upright just a little, and the stand retracted, leaving you to try and grab the bike which is about to fall over. If you mount from the low, L/H side with your leg out straight, make sure you don't hit the seat with your heel otherwise the same thing happens. I don't think I'd modify the stand to do away with that feature as it's usefull to just tilt the bike upright when you're on it and the stand retracts. Otherwise it's excellent, really well built. I've just ordered their crash bars to replace my damaged ones. Expensive, though.
Tim ('91 R100GSPD)
The only baggage you carry should be in the panniers