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post #1 of 16 Old 01-03-2007, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Centerstand technique

There was a question in the Classifieds that got lost because the stand was sold and the thread deleted. Anyhow, for those posters and anyone else interested, put your right foot on the centerstand pedal, left hand on the handlebar, right hand on the luggage rack. Straighten the bike such that both sides of the stand are on the ground. Put all your weight on your right foot. One way to make sure you are doing that is to pick your left foot up off the ground. This will also get you right up against the bike as most neophytes stand to far back. While standing on the pedal, lift with your right hand and keep your back straight. The bike will leap up on the stand. It's the easiest bike I've even owned to get on the stand. It's people who talk about pulling back that usually have trouble. Up is way to go. You use your weight to your advantage and have much more leverage.

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-03-2007, 11:01 AM
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Agreed. For such a big bike, it stands up pretty easy. Probably looks kind of funny to passing motorists when I do it at the gas station though.


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Even with full luggage and lowering links it is doable, just takes a little practice. Had enough weight in the bags to lift the front wheel off the ground, sure looked funny parked like that.

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"put your right foot on the centerstand pedal, left hand on the handlebar, right hand on the luggage rack. Straighten the bike such that both sides of the stand are on the ground. Put all your weight on your right foot. One way to make sure you are doing that is to pick your left foot up off the ground. This will also get you right up against the bike as most neophytes stand to far back. While standing on the pedal, lift with your right hand and keep your back straight. The bike will leap up on the stand"
This should be printed on the installation instructions. I've been struggling for a week to find an easy way to use my stand. (Santa brought me one)
Armed with this info I went out to the garage and bounced my bike up on the stand a dozen times with ease.
Bless you Greywolf. I now take back all the bad things I said about Santa after I installed it.

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av8r, great description . . . you're right. this bike centers up better than my old RT and it's way easy in the dirt/sand.
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Believe me, the Kawi Concours is 10x harder to put up on its center stand. My dad dropped his twice doing so.
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My Yamaha XS11 was 760lbs wet before the farkles. It had to be over 800 with packed luggage. That took technique. The Concours is only 640lbs wet. The Honda Rune is 888lbs wet but I don't think anybody makes a centerstand for it.

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Greywolf -- what brand of cstand do you have. Does the EASE hold for all brands?
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Greywolf -- what brand of cstand do you have. Does the EASE hold for all brands?
I have an SW-Motech. With proper technique all brands are easy.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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. Does the EASE hold for all brands?
I just installed my OEM centerstand it's a breeze to get it up on that.
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