Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Guilford, CT, USA
1) Go to a different dealer/service dept. Your dealer replaced a shock twice without knowing what the problem is (i.e., without knowing whether the shock was sagging)???? Your dealer admits that the problem still exists and shrugs his/her shoulders????
2) Once you have a proper diagnosis you can address the root cause. In the meantime, many people have found that riding the front wheel onto a 3/4" piece of plywood when you park at home makes putting it on the center stand much easier. Not much help when you are away from home, though.
3) Use the side stand until you get a proper diagnosis. After you turn off the bike, hold it leaned just slightly to the right for 15 sec (I unstrap and pull off my helmet during that time). It won't smoke when you start it up again.
4) If you do your own wrenching, remove the center stand, inspect the frame where it attaches and the pivot point of the stand, clean everything, re-grease everything, and reinstall. At the very least you can rule out the center stand as contributing to the problem. HTH.
'99 Canyon Red K1200 LT - Buddah Bike