Sooper Dooper Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Funny how I didn't seem to be having trouble getting my GT off the centerstand until others began to complain about how hard it was... then suddenly I began to have trouble too. When I'm sitting on the bike and try to rock it forward, the centerstand just slides. It takes a really healthy, almost violent, rocking motion to make it work. When I'm out and about, parking in the street and in parking lots, I park in first gear and use the side stand. When I'm in my garage and I know I'm not going to ride for a while, or if I intend to do some wipe-down, I put it on the centerstand.
Here's how I get it off the centerstand. It sounds much more complicated than it really is:
Stand at the left side of the bike, facing towards the tank and seat. Left foot just in front of the centerstand (to keep it from sliding). Left hand on the left grip, with wheel pointed slightly to the right (to make the bike begin to lean towards you when it comes off the centerstand). Right hand on the side of the passenger grip rail. Side stand down. Rock the bike forward. It comes off fairly easily, and it's pretty well controlled. Let the bike down on the side stand.