dumb question regarding bike stands

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Matt Palmer, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. Matt Palmer

    Matt Palmer Guest

    Mike.S is of the opinion:
    I do mine the 'moving' way, after Zebee told me about it. You basically get
    the bike moving backwards, and then stick the centrestand in the way. Bike
    pops up no problems. <g>

    The canonical way, as I understand it, is to get the left hand on the
    handgrip, right hand on the 'lifting handle' (for want of a better term) at
    the back of the bike (it may not seem like it has one if it's got a lot of
    plastic, but it'll be there somewhere). One foot on the centrestand, other
    on the ground. Depending on how 'chunky' the centrestand is, and how well
    it's balanced, you should be able to just stomp hard on the centrestand foot
    bit and the bike will pop up.

    If you've got a bike like mine, where the sidestand stampy thing is complete
    crap (GT's had a nasty habit of snapping the foot bit off, to grat
    embarrassment), then the rolling method is the best. Stand as per the
    instructions above, but further back (you'll probably have to lean a bit to
    get your hand on the 'bars, and your stamping foot will be further forward
    than your standing foot). pull the bike backwards, and as your stomping
    foot comes back, foot down so the 'stand is on the ground, and the bike will
    just roll over the swing point and happily onto the stand.

    Or, of course, you could just do it the pussies' way and get one of those
    rear wheel lifters. <grin>

    - Matt
    GT750 and proud!
    Matt Palmer, Oct 21, 2003
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  2. Matt Palmer

    Mike.S Guest

    My bike has a sidestand and a centrestand.
    I can get it on the sidestand no worries (obviously), but i can get close, but not *quite* there with putting it on the
    centrestand, i keep geeling like im about to loose my grip and drop the bike on me or the pavement.

    What's the technique? like timing, where do you lift the bike? how do you lift, push, etc..
    i used to be able to do it on my old cb250, but that was a bit of a diff case as the front tyre was a inch bigger and both tyres
    never lost contact with the ground when i put it on the CS.


    Mike.S, Oct 21, 2003
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  3. Matt Palmer

    Dave Ello Guest

    case as the front tyre was a inch bigger and both tyres
    Hi Mike,

    Easy to do if you know how! For practicing sakes, I suggest you set the
    bike on the sidestand for starters. Then, use the foot "lever" sticking out
    of the centrestand to lower it so it touches the ground. Stand on the LHS
    of the bike with left hand on left handgrip, right hand on something solid
    somewhere near the back of the bike (near the footpeg etc.). Perhaps frame?
    Some bikes (like my ST2) thoughfully have a lever that can be used.

    Now you're ready. Stand the bike vertically whilst keeping the centrestand
    down and make sure both sides of the centrestand are touching the ground.
    Now keep the bike straight and use your foot to apply pressure to the
    centrestand and assist with the left hand. Ie. most of the work done is
    with your foot on the foot 'lever', not your hand lifting the bike.

    Hope this helps!

    Dave ZZR600 => ST2 (stolen) => '03 XX
    Dave Ello, Oct 21, 2003
  4. On the CX I used to find that rocking it (1..2..3heave!!) used to work. A
    smooth, if not heafty, push and continue through until it was up.

    Of course it helped having someone around to whom I could plead damsel in
    distress if that didn't work

    Kathy Vickers, Oct 21, 2003
  5. Matt Palmer

    Matt Palmer Guest

    James Mayfield is of the opinion:
    Isn't it going to make it a little hard to get to if it's on the right hand
    side of the bike, seeing as how the centrestand control is on the left side?

    - Matt
    Pedants 'R Us Senior Fact Checker
    Matt Palmer, Oct 21, 2003
  6. but not *quite* there with putting it on the
    case as the front tyre was a inch bigger and both tyres

    Fuckin' pansy...

    Postman Pat
    CT110 (on the centrestand)
    Pat Heslewood, Oct 21, 2003
  7. Matt Palmer

    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Picking the bike up and standing on one foot whilst kicking down the
    centrestand, then putting it down on said stand don't count Pat.

    Theo Bekkers, Oct 21, 2003
  8. Matt Palmer

    Nev.. Guest

    Reverse instructions for RHD countries.

    '03 ZX12R
    '02 CBR1100XX
    Nev.., Oct 21, 2003
  9. Matt Palmer

    Mike.S Guest

    LTD 440, its just a bigish bike, which is something i've not really ever had before.
    The funny thing was when i took it to the muffler shop, it took three guys to manhandle it
    and put it on the centrestand on their hydraulic lifts (so they could set about hacking,
    slashing and burning in an effort to put newcrossover pipes on it).

    Mike.S, Oct 21, 2003
  10. Matt Palmer

    RM Guest

    Basic principles are the same for all bikes though....
    its all an illusion says me who is 5'6 and 60kg...riding a 1500
    wing...previous bikes of biggish proportions include CB1100, K100,
    XJ650.......its all an illusion, once you 'get' it there will be no problems
    with the centrestand
    RM, Oct 21, 2003
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    BT Humble Guest

    I tend to do more lifting and less stomping, since the centrestand
    isn't very heavy gauge steel to be levering up 180+kg of bike.

    Mike, have a close look and see if your centrestand is bent or has
    been repaired at some stage, that can make it trickier. Also make
    sure that when you start your lift you have both feet of the stand
    touching the ground, since you have to work harder to lift it on just

    Also, when the bike is on the stand how high above the ground is the
    rear wheel? My brother-in-law and his mate had identical GPz1100's at
    one stage, and Dave's was MUCH harder to put on the centrestand. It
    turned out that his stand was about 1" longer in the legs, which was
    causing all the trouble (the back wheel was about 2 1/2" above the
    ground when on the stand on a level surface).

    BT Humble, Oct 21, 2003
  12. use the force padawan, you must unlearn what you have learned.... remember
    size matters not..... and there is only do or do not, there is no try......

    BVR after watching star wars - for the 1000th time.

    but not *quite* there with putting it on the
    case as the front tyre was a inch bigger and both tyres
    Baron Von Rotter, Oct 22, 2003
  13. Matt Palmer

    Mike.S Guest

    Also, when the bike is on the stand how high above the ground is the
    The rear wheel sits almost two inches off the ground when it *is* on the cs.
    the stand looked straight enough when i checked it out, but im considering
    giving it another glance over just to make sure when i get it back in around
    a hour or so from the muffler repair place.. I know a single person can put it
    on the stand themselves as that was where it was put when at the bike shop.

    Thanks to all for their 2c, except for bvr and his padawan comment and
    postman pat and his holding the bike with one hand and kicking the stand
    down with his foot, then PLACING the bike on the stand. Those comments
    were, well, ok they were typical of ausmoto's finest..

    Which leaves me wondering why they said them. :p

    Mike.S, Oct 22, 2003
  14. Deb used to have trouble getting the CBR600 on the centre stand because the
    bike had been lowered, so the stand hit the ground at a more acute angle
    than normal (that and the fact she's about 55kg with all the gear on!). We
    found the easiest way was her to do the stomp-and-lift and me (or nearest
    availabale bod) to give a pull-and-lift from the grabrail. Just be sure
    efforts are coordinated, or it won't work.
    Julie and Deb, Oct 23, 2003
  15. Matt Palmer

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Push down; don't try to lift.
    I put one foot on the lever and then put al my weight on to it, only holding on to the bike for balance.
    Some are better than others and the Z1300/6 was the easiest centre-stand I've ever used.
    Knobdoodle, Oct 23, 2003
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