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Old 02-25-2011, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Putting the Bonnie on her Centre Stand

Right, I know there was a thread somewhere with a few people having problems getting their bikes up on the centre-stand. So here's a little video to show how it's done...

1) Make sure area is clear of dopey yellow dogs.
2) Put left foot on stand, grab back of seat with right hand, left grip with left hand.
3) Lean bike over, while pushing down on stand. Lean bike until both of the centre-stand feet are on the ground.
4) Put ALL your weight on your left foot. Lean RIGHT, towards the back of the bike. You want to shift your centre of gravity as far right as needed. It helps if you sorta kick your right foot out to the right a bit The idea is to use your weight to pull the bike backwards.

Done! Easy peasy.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My lower back problems can be traced back to a day in 1991 when I nonchalantly went to swing my BMW R65 up onto it's centre-stand. A task I'd done so many times I did it without thinking about it. Well I wish I'd been thinking that day, because my posture & positioning was all wrong, & as soon as I went to lift the bike my back just went ping ping ping, & that was that. I was looking for a Chiropractor. & my back's never been as strong since.
PS I took the centre-stand off my Scrambler as it's rattling really annoyed me, & even worse, it ground the road way too early, reducing my lean angles. The bike looked good sitting on the stand though, which is why I replaced it with a race stand.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I grab onto the frame near the side panels. Find it easier than reaching back for the seat
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Loved the video, great work. Loved your dog too! I was/am the original poster, think I'll get my wallet out. Hope it works just as well on concrete, anyway you made it look easy!
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I just fitted one today and it is as easy as any centre stand i have had on any other bike
If you are having problems than it is your technique , just take the advise from the people here and practice , more push down less lift up
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I still can't get my Sprint on the center stand. Well, I can if I try 8 or 9 times. It's usually just easier to get a neighbor to help me. It took me awhile to get the hang of it on my Ninja 500, too. Then one day it just went right up and I knew I had the technique right. For some reason it doesn't transfer to the Sprint though
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Roxy. A lady friend who rides a ST1100 couldn't get her bike onto the center stand either. Her friend found a 1986 Kwak connie center stand that has a longer, bent step lever on it. At 110 lbs she rocks up then back and pop the ST monster is on the stand. She does use the clutch and first gear to roll off though. Or you coul hire some one to follow you around to help.

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Lol, yeah I can't hire anyone to follow me around! I also have to use the throttle and clutch to get it back off. On the Ninja I would just sit on it and rock it forward, but when the Sprint is on the centerstand, my feet don't reach the ground. I get very nervous getting it back off without being on it. I hate to say it but sometimes I lube my chain by applying lube, rolling the bike a bit, applying lube, rolling it a bit more, applying lube, etc.

It would be nice if I was 2" taller, but we know that's not going to happen. I do suspect that if I were just a bit taller, or my arms were a bit longer, it would be easier for me to get it on the stand.
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I had a real hard time doing it the first time, but then as soon as you've done it a couple times, you'll learn the technique and it'll be easy as pie!

A lot harder when the tank is full, though.
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Lol, yeah I can't hire anyone to follow me around! I also have to use the throttle and clutch to get it back off. On the Ninja I would just sit on it and rock it forward, but when the Sprint is on the centerstand, my feet don't reach the ground. I get very nervous getting it back off without being on it. I hate to say it but sometimes I lube my chain by applying lube, rolling the bike a bit, applying lube, rolling it a bit more, applying lube, etc.

It would be nice if I was 2" taller, but we know that's not going to happen. I do suspect that if I were just a bit taller, or my arms were a bit longer, it would be easier for me to get it on the stand.
Ok, ok. I hear ya on being able to afford a stand helper but have you noticed the ads Hardley Ableson is running for apparel? Bet you could find some two inch ladies lift boots that not only let you reach the ground but look good sassy also. Just trying to help you know.
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