Just saying hey
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Amherst, VA, Shadow of the Blue Ridge,
Both of my oilhead GS's were easy to flop up on the centerstand. My GT and airhead GS, not so much. Obviously, it's about geometry and leverage.
The GT was a pretty good hoist but do-able, before I got the Park-and-Move gadget. Now with the PM's additional height, it's close to a gut-buster to heave the beast up.
So, I was thinking that cutting a 15 mm section out of the centerstand leg length would reduce the effort involved. The rear wheel would likely still clear the ground - even if it touched, there'd still be plenty of weight on the centerstand to maintain stability. The effective point of ground contact would be moved rearward a little closer to the centerstand pivot's plumb line, but the legs' angle forward would be the same so I don't think there'd be much increase in the risk of the bike falling forward off the stand.
Another idea is to rig a length of nylon ribbon with a cross-handle to the existing grab bar. That would allow a more erect posture when heaving rather than the hunched-over position that the reach to the stock handle requires.
04 K12GT, 99 K12RS, 98 916, 91 R100GSPD, 87 R80G/S, 74 850 Commando, 69 XLH