The solid rod not only fixed the kickstand so that it stays in place when deployed, but it also keeps it from bouncing around as much on bumpy terrain. And Madsen has confirmed via Twitter that their new model kickstand is "upgraded and improved, [with] new factory, bolted-on rubber feet, [and a] solid rod stop pin." Along with the new parking brake feature, this sounds like a rock solid way to load rambunctious cargo.
In other news, TBR fabricated rain cover v2.0 for a neighbor to the north. Brynnen Ford and her kids use their e-assist Madsen year-round on the hills of Seattle. (Thanks for sending these photos, Brynnen!)
This one is a bit taller than our original and incorporates hi-viz fabric and a Scotchlite-trimmed porthole on the back. The passengers love it!
Any other thoughts on the new Madsen model and accessories? I'd like to see that rear rack in my stocking at Christmas!