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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Using the centre stand

I acquired a 1994 about 4 weeks ago and so far have been pleased with the bike. I am finding my way around the bike and one thing that worries me is the angle that the bike leans over at when using the side stand.

For this reason i have tried several times to use the centre stand but without any luck, is there a nack to using this stand as i have "lost" the bike twice now through overbalancing trying to get the bike on the centre stand.

I am 6 foot tall and 140 pounds and just cannot co-ordinate holding on to the bike, pressing down on the stand, and pulling back all at the same time

So whats the secret, what am i missing

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I find it easy to hold the handle bar with one hand, the backrest side rail with the other and in a push with my foot, pull up with my hand on the rail kind of movement. Away she goes. It was odd for me the first few time, but once I got it, it was much simpler.
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There's a video somewhere of how to use the centerstand on the Vulcan. I think it might be on YouTube.
It is a little tricky. Ya gotta practice a few times to get the hang of it.
I'd suggest having someone help you by standing on the right side while attemping it. That way, if it starts to tip that way, hopefully they can keep it upright.


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I agree the side stand does allow too much lean and make it really dig into warm asphalt. I carry a cover plate from an electrical junction box to place under it. Anyone know of any third party stands that might address the problem?

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There is a knack to it but once you master it the bike goes onto the center stand very easily. I found, (like Kanuck) that holding the handlebar with one hand and the left side passenger hand grip (under the seat) with the other makes it much easier to do.

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That's right. It is a leverage function as opposed to a strength function. Hold the left handle bar grip with your left hand and hold the grab rail under the seat with your right hand. Press down on the side stand with your right foot until you feel both sides of the center stand touch the ground. Put all your weight on the side stand and just lever it up. It should flick right up on the stand with very little effort. I can do it barefoot.

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Of course, I'll go home and try the techniques and see which one works best for me. I'm sure the wife will come out, roll her eyes and go back in the house.
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I'm new to the center stand, but here's my method.

I stand on the left side of the bike with both hands on the grips. Right hand holding the front brake.

Then i put my right foot on the center stand pedal.

Once the stand makes contact with the ground I release the brake, pull back on the bars and put my weight on the stand pedal.

Bike goes up with very little trouble for me this way.

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I agree the side stand does allow too much lean and make it really dig into warm asphalt. I carry a cover plate from an electrical junction box to place under it. Anyone know of any third party stands that might address the problem?
I actually welded a little larger pad to the existing one...
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Go ahead and try the various suggestions here and see what works best for you. In post #4 John mentions putting a metal plate under the sidestand on soft ground so it doesn`t sink in deeper, causing more lean. I might suggest something a little thicker if you still feel your bike is leaning too far. Here in Canada hockey pucks are easy to come by and are the perfect size, about 3" in diameter, 1 1/2" thick and weigh about 6 oz. It lifts the bike just enough to ease your mind about it going over. I`m sure you can improvise something out of a piece of plastic, plywood, rubber belting or even a chunk of thick tire tread from a blown out tire (from the roadside or tire repair shop). Maybe one of these will make you feel more secure about using the sidestand if you still have difficulty with the centerstand. Also congratulation on the acquision of your bike. I`m sure you will enjoy many miles in the saddle exploring the Western Midlands. I just looked at the world map on my wall trying to figure out exactly what that means. From the little detail available on the map on my wall it looks like Manchester or Birmingham might be in your neck of the woods.

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