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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-25-2007, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Center stand...:sighs:

I feel like such a retard asking this but I can't seem to get it...I need to get the wheels off of my baby and I can't seem to get the center stand up by myself....Any tips/tricks?
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Standing on left side of bike, put your right foot on the center stand, grab left rear sissy bar/turn signal rail with your right hand.

At the same time, push down and forward with your right foot, and pull up and back with your right hand.

Should pop right up there for you.

It's technique, not strength.

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Well said Jon, just technique. It might help a little if your left hand is on the left grip and you can pull back with it as you rock the bike back and on to the centerstand. The bike needs to be in neutral, or you'll have to squeeze the clutch to release the gear box and let the rear wheel turn just enough to rock the bike back. If you do it all in one quick motion, the momentum will help rock the bike up onto the stand as well. Try to do it slow, and it will take every muscle in your body and may not be enough

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I'm 6 foot about 230 and jerk it right up there. I have shown much smaller people how to do it just as easily. You have to treat it like a lever, once you get it going, momentum will do the rest.

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After owning my KZ1000P fully dressed, and it taking 3-4 tries every time and all 260+ lbs and every muscle I had, first time I threw my 750 on the centerstand, I felt like I nearly threw her over backwards! Same technique, just a lot less bike. I love this bike!

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Hey thanks a lot Jon. I'll have to give it a try in the morning. It definitely just started raining :-( The stealership was thinking of putting on D404's as well. Do you like them?
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Hey thanks a lot Jon. I'll have to give it a try in the morning. It definitely just started raining :-( The stealership was thinking of putting on D404's as well. Do you like them?
I like my D404's, but in all fairness, I have not ridden on the Metz's. Lots of rain grooves in the roads here in Florida and the D404 tread pattern deals with it well.

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The guys above did a good job I think describing the basic process for how the centerstand action works.

It really is a matter of technique, not overall body strength. Once you get it right, you could even rock a Goldwing up on its centerstand with no problem.

Speaking of centerstands, this is a feature that I'm continually amazed that doesn't appear on other bikes. As we Vulcaneers know, it's an incredibly useful and convenient thing to have, and also a great selling feature. To me, this helps to show just how "watered down" a lot of the newer bikes really are. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I think for right now the only other cruiser that has a centerstand (stock, anyway) is the Yamaha Vmax (which of course is not a new design, but is another "oldie but goodie" like our VN750).

Except for Yamaha's FZ6, I'm not aware of any rice rockets that have one, except for high-end models (e.g., FJR, Goldwing).

The above explains (but only in part) why I'm perfectly content with our 750 cc bike, and why I'm not out shopping--or even looking--at other bikes.
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The guys above did a good job I think describing the basic process for how the centerstand action works.

It really is a matter of technique, not overall body strength. Once you get it right, you could even rock a Goldwing up on its centerstand with no problem.

Speaking of centerstands, this is a feature that I'm continually amazed that doesn't appear on other bikes. As we Vulcaneers know, it's an incredibly useful and convenient thing to have, and also a great selling feature. To me, this helps to show just how "watered down" a lot of the newer bikes really are. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this, but I think for right now the only other cruiser that has a centerstand (stock, anyway) is the Yamaha Vmax (which of course is not a new design, but is another "oldie but goodie" like our VN750).

Except for Yamaha's FZ6, I'm not aware of any rice rockets that have one, except for high-end models (e.g., FJR, Goldwing).

The above explains (but only in part) why I'm perfectly content with our 750 cc bike, and why I'm not out shopping--or even looking--at other bikes.
I agree.

The VMAX and a V65 are two other bikes I would consider. Scared of the V65 as parts are hard to get since its been out of production so long. Though I like the VMAX, I prefer the styling of our vn750's.

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So I'm curious guys and girls...what do you all think of Hondas?
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