I have once heated the side-stand in two places to put a dog-leg in it. This did two things: effectively made it shorter AND placed the foot further away from the bike, making a wider footprint. The only problem can be if the stand protrudes too far away from the bike when it's back up. You can catch your leg on it when you walk around the bike, especially when it's on it's centre stand.
It worked fine in my case.
Nigel in Rangiora
The mouth of a perfectly contented man is filled with .
-- 2200 BC Egyptian inscription