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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 03:21 AM
 
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Well I can say this: at our shop we not only routinely put ALL bikes on the centerstands, but we roll them onto lifts and THEN the centerstands! You have about four inches of metal on the edge of the lift to stand on to haul 'em up. Rolling them off is a breeze: stand next to the bike, rock back for a little momentum and give the bike a mighty heave forward. Nothing happens except the bike plops forward like normal. It makes a heck of a racket on the metal, but it really is no big deal. Once you do it a couple of times you get used to it. I'm only 5'10" 180, and the first time I did this was with a Venture Royale. It scared me to death until I did it, then I wondered why I was so chicken! Just don't let the thing fall AWAY from you and it's gravy. The steeper the uphill you have to go against, the more MMMMFFFF you put into shoving the bike forward. Even if the first shove fails, keep your momentum and keep rocking that thing. It'll roll off eventually. These VNs are so light compared to GLs and K1200LTs, I may be taking it for granted.
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I agree! I'm actually a pretty big guy but at 49 I'm not as strong and not nearly as nimble as I used to be! I'm sure I take for granted how easy it feels to me since I moved from the KZ to the VN. I did need hard soled boots on for the KZ as it took a heck of a lot more downward pressure with my right foot to get the bike on the centerstand. I remember the first time I put the 750 on the stand, I thought I nearly launched it over backwards it came up so fast. The center stand actually skidded on the concrete for a couple inches that first time.
Now getting it on the 2x12 for a spline lube is a different story! I usually get help for that one. Never had to do that with the KZ as it's chain drive.

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I've always been impressed how techs at the dealership handle heavy bikes like they're plastic toys! I think its that intense MMMMFFFF push you described that scares me the most. It feels like I'll be out of control when the bike rolls off the center stand.

Thanx for your explanation, Covert!

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Well I can say this: at our shop we not only routinely put ALL bikes on the centerstands, but we roll them onto lifts and THEN the centerstands! You have about four inches of metal on the edge of the lift to stand on to haul 'em up. Rolling them off is a breeze: stand next to the bike, rock back for a little momentum and give the bike a mighty heave forward. Nothing happens except the bike plops forward like normal. It makes a heck of a racket on the metal, but it really is no big deal. Once you do it a couple of times you get used to it. I'm only 5'10" 180, and the first time I did this was with a Venture Royale. It scared me to death until I did it, then I wondered why I was so chicken! Just don't let the thing fall AWAY from you and it's gravy. The steeper the uphill you have to go against, the more MMMMFFFF you put into shoving the bike forward. Even if the first shove fails, keep your momentum and keep rocking that thing. It'll roll off eventually. These VNs are so light compared to GLs and K1200LTs, I may be taking it for granted.
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I agree! I'm actually a pretty big guy but at 49 I'm not as strong and not nearly as nimble as I used to be! I'm sure I take for granted how easy it feels to me since I moved from the KZ to the VN. I did need hard soled boots on for the KZ as it took a heck of a lot more downward pressure with my right foot to get the bike on the centerstand. I remember the first time I put the 750 on the stand, I thought I nearly launched it over backwards it came up so fast. The center stand actually skidded on the concrete for a couple inches that first time.
Now getting it on the 2x12 for a spline lube is a different story! I usually get help for that one. Never had to do that with the KZ as it's chain drive.
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I put a piece board (2 x 6) under the rear tire. I ride over and on top of the board. This lifts the rear of the bike making it MUCH easier to lift onto the center stand even with 2 x 12 under the stand. The photo shows a smaller board but it works just as well with a 2 x 12. One person can do it without assistance (see pic attached) As a small, frail, elderly . . uh . . senior rider I need every trick in the book.

I use hard soled boots anytime I put Mr. Spock up on the center stand.

Many thanx for your post!
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I put a piece board (2 x 6) under the rear tire. I ride over and on top of the board. This lifts the rear of the bike making it MUCH easier to lift onto the center stand even with 2 x 12 under the stand. The photo shows a smaller board but it works just as well with a 2 x 12. One person can do it without assistance (see pic attached) As a small, frail, elderly . . uh . . senior rider I need every trick in the book.

I use hard soled boots anytime I put Mr. Spock up on the center stand.

Many thanx for your post!
Hey, thanks FlaRider. I was wondering if their was a trick to making it easier to get the bike up on the centerstand on top of a 2x6 or 12.

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Hey, thanks FlaRider. I was wondering if their was a trick to making it easier to get the bike up on the centerstand on top of a 2x6 or 12.
I'm glad it's helpful, JA!

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