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No matter who you are, big or small, keep in mind you can permanently injure yourself by jerking on the bike if you aren't letting the leverage work for you. My wife just had surgery on her back earlier this year for a ruptured disk caused by bending down to pick up the dog bowls one morning when her back was tight!

Practice this with a buddy standing at the rear of the bike holding onto the luggage rack or the frame under the back of the seat, helping lift the bike, and do it enough times where you figure out how to make the leverage work for you. Once you figure it out it will be pretty easy and you won't be using the gorilla method! I recommend you stretch some before you do it. Remember, hind sight is 20-20! Lots of back injuries are caused by the most ignorant things you can dream of... If you've already got a bad back, just ask someone to help you when you need it on the centerstand.

My best friend just came back from a 5000 mile trip on his KLR, over through the Smokies, up through Canada and back, stopping in Palo Duro Canyon for a day. A low water crossing is on the way into the park, one road in and out. A gal had spilled her sport bike coming out the day he left, and when she went down she got a few bruises, but she tried to pick up her bike by herself, in the water, on the slimy pavement and hurt her back trying. An ambulance was on the way to pick her up! That is a lesson you are stuck with for life... She could have waited for someone to help her but her pride got her in a "hurry before someone sees what she did" mode.
 

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Just did this yesterday and it takes a little figuring out. Kind of like riding a bike for the first time. Once you get it, it's pretty easy. And oh yes, did the back tweak a couple weeks ago. It just takes a little twist the wrong way so bend the knees and not the back!
 

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I'll try this tonight. I only have 1 year before hitting 40 so I need to start thinking about things like mortality, heath, etc. :)

-Robert

No matter who you are, big or small, keep in mind you can permanently injure yourself by jerking on the bike if you aren't letting the leverage work for you. My wife just had surgery on her back earlier this year for a ruptured disk caused by bending down to pick up the dog bowls one morning when her back was tight!

Practice this with a buddy standing at the rear of the bike holding onto the luggage rack or the frame under the back of the seat, helping lift the bike, and do it enough times where you figure out how to make the leverage work for you. Once you figure it out it will be pretty easy and you won't be using the gorilla method! I recommend you stretch some before you do it. Remember, hind sight is 20-20! Lots of back injuries are caused by the most ignorant things you can dream of... If you've already got a bad back, just ask someone to help you when you need it on the centerstand.

My best friend just came back from a 5000 mile trip on his KLR, over through the Smokies, up through Canada and back, stopping in Palo Duro Canyon for a day. A low water crossing is on the way into the park, one road in and out. A gal had spilled her sport bike coming out the day he left, and when she went down she got a few bruises, but she tried to pick up her bike by herself, in the water, on the slimy pavement and hurt her back trying. An ambulance was on the way to pick her up! That is a lesson you are stuck with for life... She could have waited for someone to help her but her pride got her in a "hurry before someone sees what she did" mode.
 

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Tried it last night. It was actually pretty east. I didn't bother with the right hand; just pushed down on the stand and slightly pulled back in the left handle with the left. It really is the downward pressure on the stand the poops it up. Although it is a bit more hassle because you have to dismount first.

I'll try this tonight. I only have 1 year before hitting 40 so I need to start thinking about things like mortality, heath, etc. :)

-Robert
 

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The main "trick" to getting the bike up on the center stand easily is to make certain that BOTH legs of the center stand are firmly on the ground and front wheel is pointing exactly straight. Normally we tend to want the bike to lean ever so slightly toward us because we're unconsciously afraid the bike will tilt away from us otherwise. But that makes it MUCH harder to get the bike up properly. When both center stand legs are firmly on the ground, it feels like the bike is leaning slightly away from you, but it is not. TRUST the center stand. Wiggle the bike until you feel both center stand legs firmly on the ground. Then push down with your foot on the center stand leg while pulling up from under the passenger part of the seat and holding the handlebar straight. You will be surprised just how incredibly easy it is. If it's not very easy, it's not because you're not strong enough or don't weigh enough, you're just doing something wrong.
 

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I found that my overweightness actually helps a lot with getting the bike up. I've found that if I stand to the side of the bike (not on the bike) and just put my weight firmly on the center stand peddle the bike pops right up. That's what 240lbs will do for you. :)

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and no thing as a dumb question!
 
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