Centerstand lessons learned
The man we bought our Vulcan 750 from put aftermarket pipes on it. To do so, he removed the centerstand and told me he was not strong enough to get the spring back on it. He gave us all the parts for it.
I'm a 250 pound former Marine (although an old one) so imagine my surprise when I couldn't stretch the retaining spring enough to mount it on the stand peg. I finally got it mounted by using a coat hanger.
I stretched the hanger out and engaged one end of the loop in one end of the spring, the other end of the spring being mounted on the fixed peg. I ran a shovel handle through the other end of the coat hanger and also through the back wheel, using a spoke as a lever. This gave me the purchase to stretch the spring with my right arm while positioning it with my left. When I released the tension on the coat hanger, the spring grip was so tight, I had to cut the hanger to get it out from under the spring.
My next problem was that I could not get the bike up on the centerstand, no matter how hard I tried. A friend with a lot of motorcycle experience showed me how to stand on the left side of the bike, grip the seat support or the luggae rack with my right haqnd and rock the bike back on the centerstand while holding it down with my right foot. Technique wins out over brute force.
Hope someone finds this helpful.