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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-30-2019, 12:00 PM
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I use my right leg instead of my left. Feels more natural to me. And yes, you have to PUSH down.

Don't feel bad. I am the original owner of mine and had the bike for years and couldn't do it until I, like you, finally asked here how to do it.

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Thanks for all the responses! Time to go practice...
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I'm 145 lb, so I can't put a lot of weight on the foot lever.

I stand to the left of the bike, face the handlebars, put my right foot on the lever, right hand under the frame, and then basically act like I'm ripping the bike apart, using muscle to increase the distance between the lever and the frame, pulling rearwards and up. Lifting the frame from the floor accomplishes nothing, so I don't use my left foot for anything but balance. All the force is between the lever and the frame.

Trying to harness rearward momentum, it's easy to have it get away from you if you're not 100% going to have both pads of the centerstand hit the floor at the same time. I don't recommend learning that technique without a safety net!

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Strength has very little to do with it. My oldest daughter easily put mine on the centerstand. You don't LIFT the bike onto the centerstand, you "rock" it onto the stand, using the stand itself as leverage. It's a little difficult to explain. I use my right foot on the centerstand, my left hand on the left grip, and my right hand under the left seat rail. Hold the bike upright, push down on the stand while pulling backwards at the same time. It should not take a great deal of effort. I figure if I can do it in my condition, anybody can do it. I've had a couple of Goldwings, and never had a problem getting them on the centerstand either. But I have read on some Goldwing forums about older riders wanting an electric stand. My feeling is if you can't get it on the centerstand, it may not be safe to ride it either. I would no longer try to ride a Goldwing, out of fear that I would drop it in a parking lot or at a traffic signal.

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