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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 05:53 PM
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I am thinking I will have to sit on the Rocket to get it up on the stand ...800 pounds is atad heavier than 500 poiunds;;;


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It's all about balance & technique, so weight shouldn't matter. In fact the heavier bikes should be easier to lift, once you get their weight working for you & not against you.

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OS is right, it's all technique not strength and weight is immaterial. I thought it was impossible to get a Bonnie on its centre stand until a scrawny 70 year old showed me how.

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I know it's technique and yet it doesn't work right for me with the Sprint. With the Ninja, once I had the technique figured out, blip, it just went right up. I was like, oh, wow, that seems so easy now! Maybe I'm too worried about dropping the Sprint and I'm being a weeny. I will give the plywood a try. I'm hoping to get my first ride of the season in soon and I do like to lube the chain first. I will also be doing the 36k mile major service soon.

Now that I think about it, adding a couple wood blocks under my feet might also allow me to rock it back off the center stand when I'm done.
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It's all about balance & technique, so weight shouldn't matter. In fact the heavier bikes should be easier to lift, once you get their weight working for you & not against you.
Agreed, but my Tiger has been slightly lowered and that makes a noticeable difference. With the back chain adjuster inverted, and a slightly lower Hagon shock, my bike sites almost 2" lower than stock. It is a bit more of a struggle to rock my bike onto the stand.

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I know it's technique and yet it doesn't work right for me with the Sprint. With the Ninja, once I had the technique figured out, blip, it just went right up. I was like, oh, wow, that seems so easy now! Maybe I'm too worried about dropping the Sprint and I'm being a weeny. I will give the plywood a try. I'm hoping to get my first ride of the season in soon and I do like to lube the chain first. I will also be doing the 36k mile major service soon.

Now that I think about it, adding a couple wood blocks under my feet might also allow me to rock it back off the center stand when I'm done.
Roxy. Don't forget that you could always add weights to the 2" lift boots and maybe that would help.
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A bike that's been lowered changes the angle that the center stand touches down and can dramatically increase the amount of force required to put a bike up on the stand. A block of wood under the rear wheel is the easiest solution and can even be carried in a bag or pannier for road trips.
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One last tip Ifnot already mentioned:

Wear hard soled shoes.
It's a lot harder on my Vans than my motorcycle boots.
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Put a bigger radius at front were it pivots
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