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post #1 of 26 Old 08-25-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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How do you put down the center stand? No really!

This may sound brainless but this is my first bike. I just installed a SW Motech center stand on my wee and am having problems getting the bike up on it.

I get off the bike, put my right heel on the stand and press down on it while I'm pulling back on the handle bars. I can get it engaged eventually but am more worried about dropping it on it's right side as I yank it around the pavement. Seems like the center stand wants to slide a bit on the concrete instead of gripping.

Is this the correct way to engage the center stand but I just need more practice?

I'm sure the neighbors have gotten a few laughs watching me.
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post #2 of 26 Old 08-25-2009, 09:52 PM
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Step on the outstretched part with the ball of your foot while holding the bars with your left hand and the rear rack with your right. It will want to come up on it's own when you press down on the stand. A bit of technique and practice.

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Grab the handlebar with your left hand. Then grab the luggage rack with your right. Place your foot on the textured footpad on the end of the spur on the center stand. Step down on the foot pad with all your weight (right foot). Steady the bike with your hands. It should just rise up into place.
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Stand on that baby!

Seriously, put a hand on the luggage rack and a hand on the left hand grip to hold the bike steady. Put your weight down on the "pedal" part of the center stand while lifting up a bit on the luggage rack. The bike should roll right up onto the stand.

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As a side note, they are all correct, but make sure you have the handlebars and rack pretty secure, they bike can tip over if you aren't careful, and your centerstand isn't as wide as the factory one. Cheers-BB

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Make sure both legs of the stand are on the ground, not just one. Then stand on it, and just use your left hand on the bars and right hand on the rack arm to steady it, maybe a light pull on the bars. After you do it with ease once or twice, you'll wonder why it seemed so hard. I've had some bikes that really are a bitch, but this one is pretty easy.

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I've even got mine on the stand while sitting on it, if you got long legs it isn't a big deal. BB

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It's easier when in Neutral.
It's impossible by youeself with panniers and fully loaded for a trip.

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Thanks for all the reply's, she popped right up on the center stand when I did it the right way. https://stromtrooper.com/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif

Now to find a 200 mile loop for this weekend to finish off the 600 mile break in!
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This video helped me a lot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwXZyJSPkx4

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