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Just today I was resealing the stator cover to address an oil leak and I could not for the life of me get the bike on the OEM center stand! This is my first bike with a center stand actually, but it shouldn't be too difficult for one person to get it on the stand, should it? I was reading some other threads and saw one person say that while on-tour, they would fuel up on the center stand to fit more in the tank. I couldn't imagine going through that ordeal every time I fill the tank.
 

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It's like anything. It is a method and motion that one has to learn and become proficient in. It will become easier as time goes on.
With the bike leaning a little towards you press down on the Centerstand and then lean the bike slowly away from you until you feel the other leg of the stand touch the pavement. Then grab under the rear seat cowl where the vent is and then lift while pushing down on the stand and your left hand is pulling up and back on the left grip. I grab my side rack that holds my bags on. My daughter was having a rough time with her bike. Took a bit but now she puts it on the centerstand with no problems.

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Agree with the method given by XXGUY .... and practice.

My wife couldn't get her Fazer8 onto the centre stand when I fitted it, we closed the garage door and practiced! The thing I noticed is that whilst holding the left bar she was actually turning the steering, no wonder the bike wouldn't roll back onto the stand!

My personal preference is to use my right foot to press down on the centre stand and use my body weight to roll the bike backwards, no need for tugging or lifting, just one fluid movement.
 

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Agree with the method given by XXGUY .... and practice.

My wife couldn't get her Fazer8 onto the centre stand when I fitted it, we closed the garage door and practiced! The thing I noticed is that whilst holding the left bar she was actually turning the steering, no wonder the bike wouldn't roll back onto the stand!

My personal preference is to use my right foot to press down on the centre stand and use my body weight to roll the bike backwards, no need for tugging or lifting, just one fluid movement.
Exactly, that's what I meant to describe. One fluid motion. Body weight pushing on the stand. Find someone who has a bike and puts it on the stand regularly and watch for a bit and then practice with them there watching you. Couple of times and then you'll have it.

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...And don't forget, there are grab handles
on both sides of the bike. Use the one on
the left side - you're guaranteed to get it up!!

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I found that getting a friend to stand on the other side of the bike whilst I practiced helped my confidence as I was worried about dropping it.

It's a heavy bike but if you use the correct motion as the others described above, it becomes fairly easy to do.

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Dont try and pull the bike up, as people above have said its all in one fluid movement and you use the leg most of all.
I found the SBB to be a very easy bike to put on and off of its centre stand.
The BMW K1200GT now there's a very very different story.....
 

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Hi. Here's a simple hack. Place a 1" thick piece of plywood (dimensions 12" x 12") on the ground, where you park the bike. Ride the bike over the wooden piece, stopping with the rear wheel resting on the edge of the wood. Kick the side-stand into position, keep the bike in 1st gear, switch off the engine and slide off the bike. Now, straighten out the bike upright and get the center stand prongs to strike cleanly on the ground... You will notice that, thanks to the wooden piece the rear wheel is resting upon, the center stand touches the ground at an easier angle than before. You will now need only a minimal effort to put the bike on the center stand. I learnt this trick when I was riding a Honda Varadero with a lowered suspension. It was nigh impossible to put it on the center stand, till I learnt this hack. Try it, you'll love it.
 

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The "hack" may work o.k...but you may not have the wood when out on the road and wanting to get the bike up. No hack tips: Yes, keep the bars straight. Do not have the bike in gear as the bike needs to roll/move backward (that much) and that small amount of rear wheel drag before it lifts off the ground will make things more difficult.
Mind over Metal: Do not think of it as a "lifting the bike" effort via your hands/arms. Think of it as a "pushing my center stand foot to the ground" effort. With the bike balanced evenly on the center stand legs..you kinda sort of will be able to simply put all your weight on that right (I use my right leg) foot and the bike will slowly raise on to the stand. Hands are more for steadying the efforts. Here's another mental picture: With your right foot on the center stand foot pad...try and lift your left leg!

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:eyebrows: One thought comes to mind...... has your bike been lowered or are you running a lower profile rear tyre like I have on my 05BB...... I have a 190/50 instead of the 180/55 and it is approx 4mm lower and makes the centre stand slightly more difficult.

As others have explained, the lift should be ok - remember to use your right foot on the centre stand pedal, right hand on the grab handle inside the vent on the side panel, left hand on the handle bar (just to be super specific.... I'm sure you are doing his anyway)..... then the secret is to 'stand up with a straight body' (and keep your chin up!) and the bike should just roll up onto the centre stand without giving you a hernia.

If you are a bit shorter than most of us gorilla's, you may always struggle as the BB wasn't the easiest to lift (260kg) but it wasn't the worst either. As explained by others, a smooth but with a straight back motion and stiff leg/arm action should bring it up and over onto the main stand. Any load on the back will compound the lift - and even the best of us have embarrassed ourselves...... my boot slipped off the pedal once and over BB went - so be careful or be ready to buy a new mirror cover to remove the evidence of any oops.

PS I used to fill on the centre stand, but now i have a worn hip (and with the smaller circumference tyre on) I just use the side stand...... the thing carries plenty of fuel (the 02 on has 22Ltrs useable) so it won't cut your fuel range by much and is probably a safer method to use on a big heavy bike :thumb:.
 

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: and even the best of us have embarrassed ourselves...... my boot slipped off the pedal once and over BB went - so be careful or be ready to buy a new mirror cover to remove the evidence of any oops.
Ahhh been there done that. Then to add insult to injury I had to drag it sideways to get it off the gas pump it was wedged into.
 

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The true test of manhood: Do it bare foot! I've got my boy scout badge for that one. O.k. not a test, but it can be done once you get the technique down cold. Even barefoot it's all about the legs and not the lifting with the arms.


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The true test of manhood: Do it bare foot! I've got my boy scout badge for that one. O.k. not a test, but it can be done once you get the technique down cold. Even barefoot it's all about the legs and not the lifting with the arms.


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But it does hurt a bit. I did it with a Goldwing.

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Dont try and pull the bike up, as people above have said its all in one fluid movement and you use the leg most of all.
I found the SBB to be a very easy bike to put on and off of its centre stand.
The BMW K1200GT now there's a very very different story.....
The SBB is known as a Heavy Bike, but I have found both my Kawasaki 1000 and Suzuki 1200 machines are not as willing to go on their centre stands as well the Bird is.
 

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The mass of the bike is only of 'passing interest' when trying to get a bike on the centre stand, it is all a matter of levers, CoG's and all that stuff we ignored in physics lessons.
Even the lightest of bikes will be close to impossible to put on a centre stand if the pivot point is a long way out.
 

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The ZZX11 is a similar beast they didn't think this one out very well. Goes up like a tank and yes I do know how its done (well sorta lol).
 

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Saw the thread title and immediately figured you needed this :p VV

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Never need it myself :eyebrows:


Then I thought you wanted to know how to do this VV



Figured that was easy just get a Titanium one and you'll be set :thumb:


As others said it's a fluid motion kind of thing, I found it tricky when I 1st got my Bird but now can do it without thinking ;)
Having a shim on the shock or a longer shock as I now have with the Wilbers makes it piss easy even with bare feet :)
 
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