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.
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.
Lencho - Blue DL1000K5
A former Motocrosser living in a middle aged, creaking body