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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Very newby center stand question

I'm embarised to ask this but how do I get by bike on the center stand? When I put my right heel on the center stand and pull on the handlebars the bike just slides on my garage floor. Surely this can't be a two person job. I'm guessing there is a technique that requires a little practice too. Thanks
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It can be tough on a slick floor. The key is to use all your body weight pushing down on the centerstand pad. I put my left hand on the left grip, right hand under the grab rail and lift very slightly there, but the body weight should be doing 90% of the work for you. The hands are just to steady things if you have to abort the operation.

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It becomes so easy after the first few successful attempts that it is hard to accept there was a technique to the whole thing. Everyone has difficulty with this in the beginning. I tried so many times and found the techniques spelled out here on the forum so I printed a copy and reread it again and again. I took that printout to my garage and put it next to the bike and did it step by step and by the second attempt that day had it all beat. Good luck and just remember that your right hand does minimal lifting along the grab rail and you rock the bike back onto the stand. The rest is easy. I am sure you will agree after just a few more tries.

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When I first got my VN, I tried the old method on it and struggled, a lot. The stand either slid or if it stood up I was six feet from where I started. Now I just stand on the pad.

I had all my friends try to stand it up, then I did for them. They were pretty surprised.

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It's difficult if you don't weigh much. I'm not tall and very skinny, down to about 115 at the moment unfortunately, so I have to pull up just to exert enough downward force to pop it up onto the stand. But if I can do it, so can you. Rolling the back tire up onto a 2x4 or something will help. I now have my bike lowered about 2.5" in the rear and a little less up front so it's impossible without a board or two!

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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H3m8AAzaAsA

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very good video. I learned how to put mine up on centerstand by watching a video (very similar, same technique), of a fully loaded out goldwing up (I think he said close to 900 lbs curb weight)

it is all in the technique.
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Good video. Once you get it, you will be like WTF? Why was it so hard. So really you are just putting the stand on the ground and sitting the bike upright until you feel BOTH centerstand FEET touching the ground, with left hand on the left grip and right hand under the grab (under the seat, the chrome thingy connecting to the backrest), you just stand up with your arms extended letting your leg do the work. Up and back, slightly arcing motion. Anyone know where the carb cleaning video is?

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Goofy, I think this guy did one on the carburetors:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXG...ITj3R4_iL3SGXg

Found it. It's a rebuild, but that should include cleaning and a lot more for understanding how they work:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...18DEDD7DEC308F

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personally I straddle the bike and put me left heel on the stand lever then hold the front brake as I lunge forward and quickly yank back as I let go of front brake and stand up on my left foot. works everytime!

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