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I just installed a Suzuki center stand on my blue is the fastest DL1000K5. It was a fairly painless event, with the spring installation being the most difficult part. Anyway, once I finished, I tried to test it and get the bike up on its new stand. It was not very smooth for me. My question to you fellow Stromers who have already gained some experience in getting the bike on and off the center stand is; what is your technique?
 
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And I thought I was the only one that had a hard time getting it up on the center stand. Actually, I've had mine for a week now and think I have it down. The hard part for me was the worry that I might drop the bike over to the right.

After a few different techniques I have used one successfully with the least amount of effort but you gotta be quick. I find the more weight you can put on the foot lever the better, but you need to provide just enough pull back (straight back with bike perpendicular) to allow the weight on the foot lever to do most of the work. If your arms are doing most of the work than you are doing it wrong and will tire quickly. Either you finesse it or use brute force, your choice. Takes practice, at least did and still does for me.

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Marc pretty much stated it like it is. SStep down with all your weight and lift all in one fluid motion. If you have Givi side racks I find grapping the rack with my right hand works better than the stock seat rail.

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plz see the "other" forum where you posted the same question....
 

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I have the SW-Motech stand on my six fiddy and its very easy to use. In fact I can put it on the centerstand while straddling the bike 8)
 

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Thanks for the responses from all, and from both forums. Below is a combined summary of the various techniques offered. The underhand grip tip sounds like the one thing that can make a difference for me. I shall now go forth and practice.

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1) Stand on the side of the bike where the “feeler” is on the stand (A Mr. Obvious step 1)
2) Left hand on the handlebar and the right hand, using an underhand grip, on the grab rail or luggage rack. The underhand grip helps give you leverage when you push down with your leg.
3) Right foot on the stand “feeler” until it touches the ground
4) Let the bike balance to ensure both “feet” on the stand are on the ground
5) Push all your weight down on the stand while and pulling with your hands.
6) “pop goes the weasel”

A to get off the stand technique for the height impaired:

1) Stand in the same position on the left side of the bike, one hand on the left grip and one hand on the grab rail/luggage rack. CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK that the side stand is down in full forward position!
2) As you rock it forward to get it off the stand, pull it towards you. It should easily come to rest on the side stand without issues

If you are tall enough, you should be able sit on the bike with your feed down and “ride” (push) it off the stand.

Again – thanks to all for the tips in helping me establish my own specific technique to practice.
 
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