Originally Posted by Vega
...This is also my first bike with a center stand. I tried getting it up on the center stand in the garage but it was not working too well. The stand seems to "slide" and not catch on the smooth garage floor. You guys know of any tricks or just use brute force?
Congratulations on your new K1300GT. May it bring you lots of fun and joy!
The guys have pretty much covered how you use your body weight (down) to put the bike on the center stand. It should work just fine, even on a smooth surface. Once you have mastered the technique, you will look like a pro.
Regarding taking the bike off the center stand:
* If it is on a slippery surface, I just plant my foot in front of the center stand to keep it from sliding. The other suggestions (about rubber pads, etc.) are good, but you may not always be in a place where one is available.
* My K1200GT user manual says not to sit on the bike and rock it off the center stand. I used to do it with my previous bike, but not the K1200GT. I know some guys who do it on their GTs, but I would be concerned about damaging the center stand stops over time.
* I check to make sure that the bike is in neutral before taking it off the center stand, to protect the drivetrain from possible damage. Others here may differ and say that it isn't enough force to matter. If you put it in neutral, you risk having the bike roll forward more than you expect; it may be harder to control.
* It may help to turn the handlebars slightly to the right before you take the bike off the center stand. As the bike moves forward, it will tend to lean towards you, which is easier to control.
* After taking the bike off the center stand, I always put the bike on the side stand before mounting it. Make sure that the side stand is fully forward before resting the bike on it. Remember that the bike may be in neutral, so be careful to keep it from rolling forward off the side stand, which may happen if it is bumped or pushed from behind. When mounting the bike, I always grab the right brake first, to keep the bike from rolling out of position as I mount. I can lean a little bit forward against the handlebars as I lift my right leg over the bike.
(When I park the bike on the side stand, I always leave it in gear. Harley's have a side stand lock that keeps the side stand from being accidentally disengaged. BMWs do not.)