Originally Posted by CGHEMWICK
I won't stand next to the bike to remove it from the centerstand. That sounds like an accident waiting to happen. leaving the sidestand out has saved me money times, including yesterday. When my k100 stand broke, it tipped onto the side stand and narrowly missed the gas pump.
For the record, the Rider's Manual says:
> Do not sit on the motorcycle while it is resting on the center stand.
The instructions go on to say:
Pushing off center stand
* Unlock steering lock
* Place left hand on left handlbar grip.
* With your right hand, grip rear grab handle or rear frame.
* Push motorcycle forward off center stand.
* Make sure that center stand is fully retracted.
Rider's Manual (US Model), K 1200 GT, 06.2006, 2nd Edition
Order No.: 01 47 7 706 157
IMHO, the center stand flexes too much for a large bike like the K1200GT. IMHO, sitting on the bike and rocking it off the center stand will apply additional stress that may induce premature failure of the center stand stops, or a strut may break due to metal fatigue.