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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2009, 11:43 pm Thread Starter
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Slippery centerstand

I got off work today, hopped on the bike and gave her the old push and rock from the center stand routine. She slid about a 1.5 ft by the time I was able to plant one foot on the center stand, kick out the sidestand, and give her a push. I managed to keep her from falling (thank you sidestand). The hospital re-sealed the asphalt.
Anybody experience this?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2009, 12:10 am
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Yep. It's particularly difficult on smooth concrete.

You can get some stick-on grip tape, like they use on skateboards or stair treads (look at sporting goods stores or hardware stores). Cut some pieces and stick them under the center stand foot pads. It won't last forever, but it will help for a while and it's cheap and easy to replace when needed.

Also, if you have to rock the bike off the centerstand while standing next to it, make sure to turn the front wheel slightly away from you and get a good grip on the rear handle above the saddlebag. That will allow you to control the bike somewhat, and if it does start to tip it will tip towards you instead of away from you.

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When that happens, I plant my foot in front of the center stand to keep it from sliding.

You shouldn't sit on the bike to remove it from the center stand. I always stand next to the bike.
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Tying to use the center stand really shows the weight of this bike
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 2009, 10:28 am
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I always put the sidestand down BEFORE taking it off the centre stand.

I lock my left foot in front of the centre stand and rock it off that way, if it leans too far, the side stand will catch it. Really important when fully loaded with luggage, it's a heavy beast for sure!
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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.
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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.
We disagree.

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
Page 83
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.
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i stopped rocking the bike off hte centerstand, when I had so much trouble a few years ago, that I almost dropped it with me on it. Now, I put out the side stand, and do it from the left side of the bike. It does it very easily....

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Originally Posted by XMagnaRider
We disagree.

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
Page 83
Order No.: 01 47 7 706 157
Ditto. And might I add the other components, mentioned in other posts:

Make sure the sidestand is down.

Turn the wheel slightly to the right. Put your left foot in front of the centerstand.

When the bike comes down off the centerstand, you can lean it gently onto the sidestand.
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