Stand on the right side of the bike with both hands on the handlebars and your left foot on the center stand. Make sure both legs of the center stand are touching the concrete. Turn the handlebars slightly to the right and push down hard on the front forks. When the front shocks push back up, pull back hard on the handlebars and put your full weight on your left foot. The momentum created by the front shocks does most of your work for you.
I know that this is less and less of a problem now-a-days BUT if there is one thing that seems to flumox many riders it is putting their motorcycle on the Center Stand.
That is those bikes, which still have one. This does not have to be hard. In fact with these simple steps you too can hoist a Gold Wing up like it was nothing
The first thing you must do is stop trying to lift the bike with your arms. Heaving and pulling on the bike is not the answer. The bike will weigh in excess of you and this will simply not work
The second thing you must do is to allow the weight of your body to work for you as a lever against the stand.
So how do you do this? Simple
We shall assume that your bike is on its side stand Approach your motorcycle from the left (clutch control) side.
Have your stomach roughly even with the drivers seat. Take your left hand and place it upon the left hand grip Take you right hand and place it under or on something solid and to your right.
Put your left foot firmly and straight down on the ground make sure to keep it straight. Take your right foot and place it upon the center stand lever. It should have a slight bend at the knee and you should be about 8 inches or so from your motorcycle.
Gently lean a bit forward and use your arms to lever the bike off of the side stand until you feel the center stand properly placed with both stand feet firmly on the ground. Your arms are now finished with their work. Now stand up straight.
Relax the left arm. Keep the right arm straight but not under tension Ready?
Now with the center stand firmly planted on the ground, Your left leg straight and your left foot under you, Your right arm straight but not pulling and the handle bars square to the bike, Your right leg slightly bent with your foot upon the center stand lever.
Drop the weight of you body onto your right leg and just straighten your right leg.
DO NOT LIFT WITH YOUR ARMS
That is it. Just straighten your leg and the bike will nicely rock back onto the stand and you are done.
Do Not lean into the bike. This will tip it away from you.
Do Not pull back away from the bike to try and use your arms. This will overload your left leg giving you less leverage on the right foot and make you less stable.
Do Not lift your shoulders to try and use the muscles in your arms to lift the bike.
Do Not jump on the center stand lever to try and get more weight onto the right leg. This will just unbalance you.
Do Not Falter after you have started. This will allow the bike to roll forward and perhaps fall away from you.
Always act with confidence and see it through
Confidence that you can do something is most of the battle and this system will work Every time
If you have any doubts ask a friend to stand on the right side of the bike to keep it from falling away from you but do not ask them to help you lift. You do not need their help Just the power of straightening your leg is all you need Honest.
Johnnie Phatt is a Regular SoapBox Contributor to CMG