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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 2009, 8:05 pm Thread Starter
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How do you get your bike off the center stand

I know the manual says push the bike off the center stand before you get on, but I always do it straddling the bike. My RT is a bit easier to get off the center stand than the GT, what say you?

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I stand on left side and grab rear grab rail and hold left handlebar, big push forward then ease it over the hump to lower. Usually have the sidestand already down so I can let it over to the sidestand.

I straddle it to backup, too heavy to risk backing from side for me.

Keep an eye on the centerstand stop, it is a weak point (on the right side).

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Bike only has 500 miles one it, I'm snowed in here, but maybe I will have to start doing it as per the manual. My RT really doesn't have any instructions as far as getting it off the center stand, and I have always straddled the bike even with all three bags, and camping equipment never a problem.The GT seems a bit harder it might be time to push it off from the side.

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I sit mine to take it down from the centerstand. On smoothe concrete it will slide. I keep a piece of rug under it whilst in the gearage.

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If you stand next to the bike to do it (easiest for me) make sure the kickstand is down and turn the handle bars to the right a little bit. That way when the bike "falls" it will falls towards you.
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I almost always straddle the bike and rock it off the center stand (tank humping as I heard it called somewhere else). I had another bike fall away from me one time, and there was just no way I could catch it once that weight shifted the other direction. I'm just not taking chances on that happening again, especially with the price of repairing these things.

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I know the manual says push the bike off the center stand before you get on, but I always do it straddling the bike. My RT is a bit easier to get off the center stand than the GT, what say you?
I usually sit on the damned thing and rock it off the stand. No sense in taking the chance of it getting away from you. 500lb on wheels going the wrong way can be way too exciting.

On those rare occasions when I'm not on the bike:
- Stand on the right side and slightly pull the bike into you.
- Wheel straight, hand on the brake and rock it forward.
That way if it wants to tip it tips into you & you can pull the brake to stop any roll.

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Some interesting techniques fellas, don't you just love the way the guys at the dealerships push a 622 lb bike around like it's nothing. I'm sure we could all do it, but it takes practice, and I'm not willing to practice on my bike, to expensive to fix mistakes.

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I stand on left side and grab rear grab rail and hold left handlebar, big push forward then ease it over the hump to lower. Usually have the sidestand already down so I can let it over to the sidestand.

I straddle it to backup, too heavy to risk backing from side for me.
+1 on this. I straddled my RT and my RS, but the GT just doesn't come off the centerstand as easily. I skidded all over the garage one day and learned the only way I was going to be able to get it off the centerstand was to make a big dramatic lunge forward. I didn't like the idea of taking it off the centerstand while standing on the side, but it's turned out to not be nearly as difficult or as scary as it sounds. One other tip which works for me is to put my left foot just forward of the centerstand and hold it in place as I push forward so the centerstand folds up instead of skidding.
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For me its sidestand down, stand along side, grab the left bar and the underseat grip and pull forward with a slight lean when it comes down to get it to the sidestand.

I used to get on and occassionally rock my old RS and did the same years ago on my Yamaha but these bikes are too heavy to be placing such loads, that rocking creates, on the center stand.
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