Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Clovis, NM, USA
Re: R1200rt. Center stand
My very best suggestion is to find someone local to you - or whomever you bought the bike from - and have them show you the technique. Trying to explain it often results in someone trying to get a bike up on the stand without help to steady the bike and dropping the bike.
It's honestly not that hard, but it does have a pitfal or two though. You have to have a decent handhold in the right place, both left and right pads have to be reasonably even and on solid ground/pavement, make sure the front wheel is in line with the rear, make sure you have solid soles on your boots/shoes, the less weight you have in the bags or on the rear of the bike, the easier it is, etc.
I'm 65 not that strong and have no problems with it. However, I've been doing it for a very long time. It's not at all a question of muscling it up.
Get some help locally. You'll be glad you did.