So I just had to ask if anyone else has trouble putting their bike on the center stand. I feel like I am Retarded every time I try. Anybody else share my woes? or am I retarded?
Ha, ha, Since I'm 74 as you can guess, I've been on it a while, and I can tell you, you better have a supplemental Ins. to go with it...lol...Standing on the left side of the bike, left hand on the grip by the clutch right hand on the grab rail under the seat, right foot on the centerstand, lift with the right hand, stand with on your right foot on the centerstand. Should bring it right up on the stand. I am on medicare.
Ride saftly, Enjoy th ride
Same story here. If I can do it- you can. At 5'6" and 135 lbs I assumed I was a wimp the few times I tried it. Then a thought occurred to me- have I been trying this while the bike was off and in 1st gear? Yup. Much easier when you aren't fighting the engine.I had the hardest time putting mine on the center stand the first time I tried it!! After doing it the right way it was so easy. So like everyone says, make sure both feet are touching the ground then push down with your right leg and pull up with your right hand. Gets so much easier after you get the hang of it!
Yeah EQ's right, I really didn't mean the seat per-sey, but under the it on the metal part, didn't think you could get hold of the actual seat...Tip, do NOT grab the seat, it's held in place with a plastic tab and two screws. Pull too hard and snap, busted seat. Grab the frame rail behind the seat instead.
IMHO very well explained Ironman...:smiley_th...:smiley_th...:smiley_th...How I get my bike onto the center stand:
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 there’s a couple of feet clearance behind the bike if I’m in the garage. Right foot presses the center stand down. As the left foot of the stand touches, I push the bike up until I can feel the right foot touch down and I press a little harder on the center stand. Up until now, everything’s been going nice and controlled, one-step-at-a-time. Now I take it up a notch. It’s 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 doesn’t really pull hard on the grip; it’s just there to make me feel better I guess. I rely on the right foot, leg, arm and hand to get the job done.
It can be worse than that. Neutral is the gear for this. If you have the bike in first and you start at the wrong point in the engine's cycle, you can hit compression just before the wheel comes off the ground, when the bike has a lot of speed. This will produce sudden hard engine braking and it doesn't take much further confluence of events at that point to get an opportunity to practice the correct technique for picking the bike up. :doh:Same story here. If I can do it- you can. At 5'6" and 135 lbs I assumed I was a wimp the few times I tried it. Then a thought occurred to me- have I been trying this while the bike was off and in 1st gear? Yup. Much easier when you aren't fighting the engine.