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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Using the Center stand.

Is it just me or is getting the bike up on the center stand a PITA?

Trying to do it while straddling the bike seems impossible. can't keep it from wanting to keep toppling over to the left, plus foot wants to keep slipping off the peg.

Standing on the left side of the bike and hopping on the peg and bouncing the backwards while applying downward pressure to the peg seems to do it, but man is that a workout.

Is there a trick to doing this easier? Or is my scrawny a** just in major need of some upper body strength training?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 09:28 PM
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Check out this video.

https://www.vn750.com/video/Bike_stand.mpg

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Sweet, thanks! I'll be giving that a try tomorrow once we have some daylight.

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Oh thas cool !! Liked it ! Gotta Try it !


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I've only had my 750 for a year and the first time I tried the center stand I thought it was broken. I got my son to help with it. Then I asked for advice from the forum and eventually was able to use it quite easily. There is definitely a technique to it, and it gets much easier each time it is used.
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I guess I don't understand why there's a problem here?

I stand on the left side of the bike. I put my right foot down on the center stand bar and hold it to the floor. Grab both grips on the handlebar, and pull back. Poof...on the center stand.

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I guess I don't understand why there's a problem here?

I stand on the left side of the bike. I put my right foot down on the center stand bar and hold it to the floor. Grab both grips on the handlebar, and pull back. Poof...on the center stand.
...and are you a tall scrawny guy that only weighs about 150 pounds?

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Once you do it correctly once or twice it gets real easy. Grabbing the rear rail (close to the top center of the tire) and giving it a slight lift while pushing the bike towards the back is the entire key. Even the smallest and shortest rider can do it with the right technique.

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Just a note:
The vid does show the best hand and foot location, however, there is no need for a jerking motion. The bike will come up on the center stand quite easily if its suspension has not been modified. The best technique I have found is to first apply the foot to the centerstand, bringing it down to the floor. Rock the bike slightly so that you can find where both sides of the center stand are making contact with the ground (this is key for a stable lift). Then with equally increasing foot pressure and hand lift force under the grab bar, lift and step. The left hand on the handle bar is mostly for my own stability during the lift. That's what works for me with the least effort.

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Like riding a bike - once you get it up, you say, "Oh! THAT'S how you do it!"

I put my left hand on the left handlebar grip, and my right hand under the chrome piece between the shock and the tail light. The main thing is pushing down with my right foot on the center stand as I lift up with my right hand. The left hand is primarily for stability.

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