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01-28-2009 02:16 PM
Center stand not an easy task

Getting a VN750 on the center stand not an easy task for me either. I'm 204 lbs and a pretty strong guy.. and I have to admit that I have trouble. The first few times I tried it, I thought there must be something wrong with the stand. I couldn't get it up on the stand at all while the bike was sitting on concrete, so I moved it over on the grass and was able to get it on the center stand.

I figure it's not something most of us do every day so the muscles needed to do it are not developed for that purpose, again that is for most of us. I have seem "bean poles" do it without a problem, but I doubt they where able the first time they tried.

I did find that after practicing on the grass a few times, I was able to get it on the center stand on concrete. Still it ain't easy.

Ray h.
01-28-2009 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by RogerGA View Post
LibertyPilot - Hear this - I realised what I was doing wrong - My handle bar was totally to the left - I tried all over again but this time I ensured my handle was straight as well - and wooo I got her on the center stand
Don't know if you're a new rider or just new to the VN750 but here's something I learned so far, I hope you don't mind: make sure everything is straight and you've taken all the precautions talked about in this thread. Before you apply the burst of energy to get her up on the stand, make sure EVERYTHING is 5 by 5 per this thread. Watch the video 15 times, look at what foot is where, study it. Don't get over excited (even though its fun trying new things on a new toy and trust me, I know!) and forget something because she can and will dump. Sounds like you got it but from a semi-noob to a noob, don't let excitement allow you to be hasty. Haste is, in every sense of the word, expensive. That goes for everything including, and perhaps especially for, riding.

If you have a question about something, no matter how stupid you may feel asking it, ASK!!! Literally EVERYONE on this forum will tell you the only stupid question is the one you don't ask (thanks Hyper, I think that was you, among others). I ask every question that comes to mind without fear because I know its much better to sound stupid online on than to be stupid on the road. Ask, ask, ask!!! Others may need the answer to the question you asked as well. This thread is a perfect example of that. The folks here will get back to you no doubt and you rarely have to wait, as you can see. Learn everything you possibly can and you'll be safer, luck favors the prepared...
01-27-2009 10:20 PM
Originally Posted by RogerGA View Post
....and wooo I got her on the center stand
Way to go !! Just takes a little practice!!
01-27-2009 07:52 PM
RogerGA LibertyPilot - Hear this - So I am reading this thread and Im wondering does my bike even have a center stand --lol - but true - ever since I had her I have always used the side stand. So I do see she had a center stand and I try my skills on her - man I tell you when I Pushed the center stand down - My heart is pounding as I move her away from me wondering did the other side of the stand touch or is she gonna take a dump , I chickened out and Pulled her back towards me hmmm I shore up some more courage and try it all over again - I feel both legs of the stand in place and I put all my little weight on the stand ---hmmm Now I almost feel I am gonna take a dump along with her - so I stopped - I realised what I was doing wrong - My handle bar was totally to the left - I tried all over again but this time I ensured my handle was straight as well - and wooo I got her on the center stand
01-27-2009 07:15 PM
Fire Ant Good job! Glad you have the hang of it now. I put it on the center stand every time I fill up for gas, just b/c I feel like I can get more gas into the tank that way.

01-27-2009 01:30 PM
jabarry I've put mine up on the center stand many times, after learning the proper technique from a video a year or two ago. Now, what are the gotchas if you are going to put it up on the centerstand on a board to change the tires... spline lube... etc? SOP or does it require a different trick or some help.
01-27-2009 09:41 AM
hyperbuzzin Good to hear ya got it figured out

One thing I always do, after coming down from the centerstand, is to double check and be sure the stand is completely up.
01-27-2009 09:34 AM
kanuck69 AWSOME! Glad you got itworked out.
01-27-2009 09:26 AM
LibertyPilot Ok, I tried it and it worked like a charm. With this sites track record I'm not surprised. I put my right foot on the center stand, left hand on left handle bar and right hand under the seat. I gently pushed the bike away from me while stretching my left foot out behind me to balance the bike. Once I felt the right foot of the center stand touch the ground I pushed down with all my weight on the center stand and up she went with no complaints. Then I sat on her, coaxed her forward, she jumped off the stand and I applied the front brake. I've done it a few times since then and you're all correct, the technique requires a little faith at first but then you get used to it, I have no problem now. I have a bit more peace of mind on the road now too. I don't fear her braking down 100 miles away and me not being able to work on her out there. My tool box is full and I can get her on the center stand my self so I should be good. Provided its something I can fix of course. Anyway, thanks yet again for all the valuable help.
01-24-2009 08:34 PM
flitecontrol And you should keep using your right foot! Fire Ant was talking about the left foot [I]of the center stand[I].
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