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post #1 of 23 Old 08-11-2006, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a trick to getting a Strom on a centerstand?

have a Motech stand on my bike (already installed when I bought it) and I can't for the life of me pop the bike up on it. I'm decent sized guy, 6'2" and 220# and I've tried everything I can think of to get it work. Does anyone know if the stand is adjustable?
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Re: Is there a trick to getting a Strom on a centerstand?

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have a Motech stand on my bike (already installed when I bought it) and I can't for the life of me pop the bike up on it. I'm decent sized guy, 6'2" and 220# and I've tried everything I can think of to get it work. Does anyone know if the stand is adjustable?
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All you gotta do is use your weight....left hand on handlebar, right hand under tail rack, step down on footstand with all weight and the bike will pop right up!! If it doesn't, you still are doing it wrong, or you have a stand not working right. This is the easiest bike that I have "ever" gotten up on a stand.

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Only thing to add to BigB's comments - and I would not have thought about this until I saw someone trying to get his bike on the centerstand and having trouble...

After you grab the handle bars with the left hand, and the frame/tail piece with your right, press down on the centerstand's arm and make sure the bike is resting on BOTH "feet" of the stand before putting all your weight on the lifting arm while pulling up with your arms a little.

The guy I was watching, was trying to lift the bike while it was leaned on the side stand, and try as he might, it wasn't going to happen. :lol:

As others have said - it shouldn't be too tough - unless the bike has been lowered.

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Cick the link below for instruction from a very good motorcycle rider and former Canada Safety Council Motorcycle Instructor

http://www.intruderalert.ca/centre_stand_help.htm

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yup . . . handlebar in the left hand, right hand on the rear handle, foot on the rocker end of the center stand . . . then pull your right hand (straight-arm) opposite from your foot. once it starts to move it's a snap. it's sort of an isometric exercise. after you've done it once it'll seem very natural. (keep the side stand down just in case you fail part way through).

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As others have said - it shouldn't be too tough - unless the bike has been lowered.
Mine is lowered but it still not a problem to "centerstand" it. Just a question of technique. Try to ask a more experienced fellow in your neighborhood to show it for you.

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Have Zuk centerstand and just lowered the Wee. Still goes up readily enough with just a little extra effort from this old guy. Alittle practice and it is second nature to use the C-stand.

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I had problems at first like you wouldn't believe (6'4", 230 lbs). But now it's a piece of cake.

This is what I do:
- facing the bike on the left side, grip the handlebar with left hand and and rack with right hand.
- depress centerstand with right foot
- shift bike away from me slightly to make sure that both feet of the centerstand are contacting the ground. If you do it slowly, you will know when
- put all weight on the right foot while pulling back (not up) on the bike.

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Technique is everything. When I weighed 155lbs and owned a full dress Yamaho XS1100E, I could get it on the stand easily. I sold it to a weight lifter. He couldn't do it until I gave him lessons. For a really heavy bike, the tip is to have both feet off the ground, one on the stand lever and the other one in the air so all the body's weight is on the lever and the body is forced to be in the correct position. The Strom is much easier. When I first tried it at the tender age of 60, I focused on technique because I though it would be hard after 15 years of being bikeless. It came up so easily I thought the stand broke and I was hanging on to the bike to keep it from falling over. Get all your weight on the lever and lift with your legs. Pulling the bike to the rear is not productive. Your muscles are very weak in that direction. Lock your arm and straighten your legs with your weight on the lever. Or you can just follow the link as it's a good one.

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For me, a strapping 5'9", 173lbs ("But I'm planning to lose some" :wink, it's as simple as:

-Grab the left bar with the left hand

-Grab the rail with the right

-Gently step on the center-stand pedal so that the feet contact the ground, hold the bike upright and steady

-Firmly shift all my weight to the pedal and the leverage of the stand does all the work. No need to lift or pull anything, the geometry of the stand will magically do all the work if you let it.

Still working on the smooth, rolling takeoff from the stand...

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