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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 2008, 7:55 pm Thread Starter
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Question How do you turn the GT around in a narrow garage?

I need to turn the thing around in a narrow garage with a steeply sloped driveway (no chance backing it in). Then, get it as close to the wall as possible.

I looked at those turntables that go under the centerstand, but the GT is so front-end heavy I doubt one could lift the wheel to get it to turn about on one.

This is a one-time deal (I hope!) so I don't want to buy some $$$ turntable.

Any ideas?

Tia.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 2008, 8:36 pm
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Sounds like you are in San Francisco.

My wife and I used to live there, with a steep driveway and a 1 car garage, and my wife parked the car in the garage, and I had 1 bike's worth of space. I learned how to back it down the driveway. Never dropped it.

I don't think the front end is all that heavy on the centerstand. Maybe you could put weights in the saddlebags to lighten it up?

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Put on the center stand and push the back end around. I have done it many times in driveways it will slide a lot better on the smooth cement in the garage. It does leave a mark in the cement. You may want to put some grease down near the center stand so it will slide much smoother.
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Sorry Braza, but I do not think that is a good idea, the center stand on the GT/2 have had a few problems bending the stops, your method may or may not put additional pressure where it is not needed. In the old days, 60's & 70's we could tilt the bikes on the centerstand and spin it around, we have advanced to the point where it takes 2 men and a boy to get the GT/2 onto the centerstand or maybe I am just getting a tad older!
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I need to turn the thing around in a narrow garage with a steeply sloped driveway (no chance backing it in). Then, get it as close to the wall as possible.

I looked at those turntables that go under the centerstand, but the GT is so front-end heavy I doubt one could lift the wheel to get it to turn about on one.

This is a one-time deal (I hope!) so I don't want to buy some $$$ turntable.

Any ideas?

Tia.

Mack


A one time deal? I don't understand.

Anyway.. Crank and push, stop, crank and pull, stop, crank and push, stop , you're almost there. Crank and pull, there, you're done. Just kidding... haha

But seriously
ONE of the reasons I sold my '04 GT (prior version) was this very issue. I have a slightly problematic rotator cuff issue in my right shoulder. The '04 was too much like work to turn around in a DOUBLE wide garage. My '08 is better in that regard.

Of my BMWs, my 2005 R1200GS was best in this regard. High and wide bar provided great leverage to get the job done. Light weight of the machine added to make the job almost mindlessly easy in comparison the the GTs.

My departed '05 Kawasaki 650 Ninja (silly name), felt like a toy in this regard.

Speaking of Ninjas.
Remember the original Batman TV series? The Batcave and the Batmobile? Big turntable, under the whole thing.

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A cheap turn-around device

I cut a 12" diameter disk from 1/2" thick plywood using a hand jigsaw, then went to Home Depot and bought 8 of those low-friction thingies that are made to let you move heavy furniture around. They're gray colored, about 2" diameter, maybe 3/32" thick, and have a sticky-back, so I positi9oned and glued them in place them around the perimeter of the wooden disk.

Lay wood on smooth concrete floor, get bike up on centerstand atop wood disk. Without pushing forward at all (to keep center-stand from retracting) bike can be spun around in a circle and/or moved slowly sideways by using your foot to push on the edge of the wood disk. All that without putting any strain at all on the too-delicate cener-stand.
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my buddy can actually do the same thing with his vete in his garage with those furniture moving things- I had to see it to believe it.
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I need to turn the thing around in a narrow garage with a steeply sloped driveway (no chance backing it in). Then, get it as close to the wall as possible.

I looked at those turntables that go under the centerstand, but the GT is so front-end heavy I doubt one could lift the wheel to get it to turn about on one.

This is a one-time deal (I hope!) so I don't want to buy some $$$ turntable.

Any ideas?

Tia.

Mack
You could try leaning the bike against your hip with a handful of throttle, the front brake on hard and then push with your hip as the clutch goes out. Your neighbors will love it

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I need to turn the thing around in a narrow garage with a steeply sloped driveway (no chance backing it in). Then, get it as close to the wall as possible.

I looked at those turntables that go under the centerstand, but the GT is so front-end heavy I doubt one could lift the wheel to get it to turn about on one.

This is a one-time deal (I hope!) so I don't want to buy some $$$ turntable.

Any ideas?

Tia.

Mack
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