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post #1 of 4 Old 01-24-2018, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to put DL650 up on center stand?

I know this comes off as a stupid question, but I haven't been on motorcycles in decades. I used to own a Kawasaki 1000 back in the late 80's, and I could put that up on the center stand quite easily. For some reason I have a difficult time with it on the Weestrom, not sure why.

With the internet, I figured why not ask on the forum instead of struggling with it on my own? I need to oil my chain, I have ridden the bike close to 600 miles since I bought it, so I can't put it off much longer without shortening the life of my chain/chain guard.

So what is your technique to put the bike up on the center stand?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-24-2018, 07:01 PM
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When parking the bike, roll the back wheel onto a piece of wood about 20-30mm thick before placing on the centre stand. Most of the lift has been taken up by the board so now it's an easy job to complete putting the bike on the stand.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-24-2018, 07:06 PM
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You might want to search on Youtube - when i google "youtube putting vstrom up on center stand" i find a number of hits that look like a video would be worth 1000 words.
Suffice to say you don't have to be a huge strong dude to do it, you just have to get the rhythm and motions.
On my center stand, i step down on the center stand "peg" with my right foot, while holding the handle bars with my left hand and the passenger grab handle on the left side of the bike with my right hand. Step up onto the peg and the bike kind of rolls back a little - in my tight garage i have to make sure i have a few inches behind the bike so i don't push the taillight into the door.
Having a second person to stand on the other side just in case may make you feel more comfortable the first few times. Oh, and be sure to wear good shoes - doing it with flip flops on is a good way to drop it - DAMHIK.
Good luck!
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-24-2018, 07:27 PM
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It's been covered often and in great detail. Do a Google search on

center stand technique
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