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niterider 01-20-2009 03:30 PM

That was a real challenge for me, but I finally got to where I can work it. I am 5'3" at 120 lbs. I use both hands on the rail the foot on the stand and pull up and back at the same time. Oh yes I put all 120 on the stand. I take a break afterwards. LOL

LibertyPilot 01-20-2009 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by lance328 (Post 81884)
Before you try it can you sign a waiver for me stating that I am not responsible for any damage you may incurr? LOL After a couple of times you will find it taks little effort. :smiley_th

I'm actually not that concerned with hurting myself so much as hurting Sable...I heal! LOL!!

And for all the hotshots out there tryin' it naked, can I please just take your word for it? Really there's no need to prove that one, I believe you already.

I feel like I'll be alright, I'm 5' 9" 185 pounds and in good shape. I can always call my twin to stand by while I try it a few times. He's usually lookin' for an excuse to get away from the wife anyway.

Thanks all for helping out and gettin' it done yet again,

stvnsn78 01-20-2009 05:30 PM

Thanks for the explanations and the discussion on this. It has had me wondering, too. This help and information makes this a great site.

bigrepp61 01-20-2009 05:35 PM

only thing i can stress is to make sure both feet of the stand are on the ground before you try.... it makes a whole world of difference..... good luck man.. once you do it its easy as cake..

Ironman 01-20-2009 11:12 PM

Here's something I wrote up a while ago.

How I get my bike onto the center stand:

I face the side of the bike so that my left hand can hold the grip and right hand can grab the bar located under the seat. I make sure thereís a couple of feet clearance behind the bike if Iím in the garage. Right foot presses the center stand down. As the left pad of the stand touches, I push the bike up until I can feel the right pad touch down and I press a little harder on the center stand. Up until now, everythingís been going nice and controlled, one-step-at-a-time. Now I take it up a notch. Itís leap-of-faith time. In one movement, I put most, if not all of my weight on the center stand and pull up with my right hand. The bike goes up and back ending with a little skid to a stop. My left hand doesnít really pull hard on the grip; itís just there to make me feel better I guess. I rely on the right foot, leg, arm, hand and mostly my overweight status to get the job done.

How I get my bike off the center stand:

If I left the side stand down after I put the bike up on the center stand, I raise it. I get on the bike the way I always do. Grab the handle bars and the hand brake, left foot on the peg, lean over the handle bars, right leg up and there I am. I donít tempt fate by throwing my leg over the top, just nice and smooth. I donít know how much momentum it would take to tip the bike over to the right while getting on, and I donít want to find out. Anyway, I grab the clutch, lean back and launch myself forward, push on the handle bar and the bike rolls off the center stand. As soon as I feel it start to drop, I grab the brake; I already have both feet out to balance myself.

LibertyPilot 01-21-2009 09:29 AM

Good thinkin' Ironman, maybe I should've asked how to get the bike OFF the center stand once its on there, especially since I'll apparently be doing this by myself from time to time.

Thanks for the good info man...

drguitarum2005 01-21-2009 05:28 PM

To get the bike OFF the center stand I just hop on the bike (stradle, like i'm riding) and use my feet and a little momentum to roll the bike forward. it rolls off the center stand no problem.

i had trouble putting it ON the center stand the first time and I discovered i was trying to lift WAY too much from the grab bar with my hand and wasn't pushing down on the center stand lever much at all. if you put most of your weight on the center stand lever with your foot and pull the grab bar, it'll go up. Have a buddy stand on the other side if you're nervous about it falling over. Definitely make sure BOTH center stand feet are touching the ground before you put weight on it.

Mastertech 01-23-2009 10:03 PM

I use an assistant, i am un able to do mine by myself, not very strong, sometimes i will run it down the driveway in backwards motion, only to find the stand skids along and over rides my weight.

OlHossCanada 01-24-2009 12:35 AM

I`m a big guy, 6 feet tall and #300, and I had trouble the first few times I tried to use the centerstand. However, as others have said, once you get it up a few times it becomes a lot easier. I don`t think size and weight is near as big a factor in getting the bike up as is your technique. Keep trying, you will get the hang of it.

drguitarum2005 01-24-2009 01:19 AM

its all aobut putting ALL of your weight on the center stand lever with your foot. i feel like someone who weighs 130 pounds could do it if they know what theyre doing ya know?

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