My '53 Square Four had that silly little stump of a sidestand that was very close to the centre line of the bike, this gave it tremendous leverage. On a warm day it could punch a hole in the tarmac (I was lucky, I saw it move and ran and caught it before it toppled).
The sidestand on my '58 VH is fine and I use it all the time. Be careful with it though - it can spring up and crack the Primary Chaincase. I see that mine has some sort of repair filler in the hole its made
My avatar shows the late Len Rich in 1970 with the bike I now have - a 1958 Ariel VH