Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Stuart, Florida, USA
Re: Fill tank from center stand
My bike has been down exactly one time...while putting gas in it on the side stand. It was in gear. The sidestand was probably not all the way forward, even though I distinctly remember checking it before I set the bike down. The fall occurred when I was dismounting. The steering was locked....making it a real pain to get back up again. Broke two ribs trying to stop it (or to put it back up by myself...not sure which). Essentially no damage to the bike, except for bending the shift lever just enough to make the lever drag on coming back up (FYI, they don't bend back), so a new shift lever was also part of the adventure. The broken ribs made for a bad ski trip the following weekend.
I now get gas one of two ways....on the center stand or on the sidestand while my butt is still on the seat and feet on the ground. For the latter you have to make sure not to overfill, but that's not hard to do. After that incident I rarely put it on the sidestand ever...the only exception being if I am on a grade--generally not a problem in FLatland.
It has been said on many other threads here, she goes down easy... and that applies to the side stand as well. The side stand geometry is not ideal, and there is no "click" point like there is on most motorcycles.
Mag Black 2006 LT
Three loves - motorcycles, good wine, and contrabassoon...none of which mix. Engineer by day to pay for them all.