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There has got to be a better way to put bike on the "dang" center stand. I'm 5'11" and the manual shows tall man on left side lifting by handle under seat and handle bar. "Baloney!" That's how I've already dropped it twice. Tried useing reverse but it slides on my porch as it's probably too smooth. Gotta be something wrong with this. The two feet, of the center stand, also are soo close together that I don't think it's safe to leave it on the center stand. A little bump and over it would go. Can you share your experience with this situation? Are there any rubber shoes that can be slipped over their feet?
 

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it,s a rythem thing, you have bring down the stand with your foot while holding the bike strait (up & down) and when both feet of the stand touch the ground. kinda give a hop on the foot lever while lifting with the handel i should pop right up. i use right hand & right leg. i dont have a power stand but make sure the bike is in neutral & no brakes

as for tipping over i have bumped mine in the shop with my hip it never fell over.but i have herd of them tipping in big storms from the wind
 

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the porch being too smooth might be part of the problem that you droped it. also most porches have a slope built in for water run off. all you can doo is get on level ground perferably concret and get a friend to help as a spotter on the right and take it up and down on the stand a bunch of times the more you do it the easier it gets. make shure when taking the bike off the stand you are seated in the riding postion a lot of people drop the bike while taking it off the stand
 

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If I can find a used center stand, to test my idea, I'm thinking I'll cut it and make it 3" wider on each foot. Or maybe make a larger foot for stability.
 

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the porch being too smooth might be part of the problem that you droped it. also most porches have a slope built in for water run off. all you can doo is get on level ground perferably concret and get a friend to help as a spotter on the right and take it up and down on the stand a bunch of times the more you do it the easier it gets. make shure when taking the bike off the stand you are seated in the riding postion a lot of people drop the bike while taking it off the stand
Luckly for me my front porch is level. I gues the old saying is true, "experience cost, how much you wanna pay?"
 

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If I can find a used center stand, to test my idea, I'm thinking I'll cut it and make it 3" wider on each foot. Or maybe make a larger foot for stability.
the center stand fits within the underside of the bike quite close to muffler etc., one of the benefits of changing the soft stock springs is the bike sits a little higher and is easier to get on the center stand - I only use the center stand for maintenance
 

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It actually isn't that hard. I am 5'9" and have no problems. Probably the easiest way to do it is first get it on the side stand (obvious). Then standing on the left side, look back and grab the grab handle with your right hand, and the left handle bar with your left hand. Lift the bike to center it, and at the same time put your left foot on the lever of the centerstand. Here is the KEY. Make sure the bike is picked up so it is level, and also make sure both of the feet on the centerstand are on the surface at the same time. Then simply lift on the grab handle, and push down on the center stand with your foot at the same time, and while lifting, lean backwards so the momentum pushes the bike slighty backwards. Sort of up and back at the same time. Perhaps that isn't an artful description of the method, but it works for me. I always put the bike on the center stand unless I know I am only getting off for a few seconds.
 

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;) Practice, practice, practice. I owned my LT for over a year before I learned to put it on its centerstand. A friend demonstrated the technique to me and with practice, it gets easier. I always have the side stand down as an extra safeguard also.
 

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Ron K Miller has a post on here somewhere with his method that works for me. I'm only 5'7. I don't use the grab handle. I use the handle on the side case because it allows me to keep my back straighter to where I can really give it a yank with my 'left' foot on the stand. The handle won't break off. :D
 

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I used the centerstand on my '00 LT all the time. It is mostly technique but the ease of the process is sensitive to the height of the bike as I could tell a difference when my tires were worn. Put new tires on and it was easier. That was before I got on this forum and read so many accounts of guys finding it easier after changing their rear shock absorber (strut), which also raises the height of the bike. Changing the height changes the amount of leverage you have in the lever/fulcrum application of the centerstand.

My technique was to put it on the side stand, then get off the bike. Stand on the left side and depress the foot lever on the centerstand until it touches the pavement then lift the bike while holding the left handlebar and the left sidecase handle. I found that hand position better than using the grab handle under the left side of the seat. Gently rock the bike side to side to be certain that both feet of the centerstand are touching. Then mash the lever with all your weight. In my case that was about 215 pounds, sometimes it was the right foot sometimes the left, depending on how my plantar fasciitus was doing on that day. Never put it on the centerstand on a surface that uneven side to side. It is OK if the surface is slightly uphill or downhill. Uphill is easier than level and downhill is harder. My bike always came up on the stand, even though it sometimes took more than one attempt, and I never dropped it while putting it on the centerstand in more than 40K miles of riding.

Regarding the stability of the bike while on the cernterstand, it is stable enough that you can stand on the peg and swing your leg over to mount the bike, just like stepping into the stirrup to straddle a horse. It is pretty stable, even though it may not look like it.
 

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After I get out of the fish tank and it stops raining, bring it over and I'll show you. It is more style than strength. I'm on the east side of town and would be happy to work with you on it.
 

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As others have said, it is technique, not strength. I struggled at first, but once the correct "rythym" is found, it is actually pretty easy. Once you "get it", it will become second nature, and you will not think about it any more.

As far as stability, I trusted mine on the center stand more than I did on the side stand.
 

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I second the method: Put right hand on handle of rear luggage. MUCH easier.

just rock it back & forth then stand on it while pulling up on rear luggage handle.

I can not pull up on the lower handle. too much back strain.

Give it a try!
 

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When I put it on the center stand in the garage I park it in neutral put the side stand down, get off and step down on the center stand, tip it up until the center stand touches with both feet, then just step down hard on the center stand with just a slight lift on the handle and it just pops up. I think it has more to do with down pressure on the stand then with lifting of the bike. Just a small lift does it.

Marty :bmw:
 

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I am 6'2", 235 lbs and the best way I have found for me is starting on the side stand (front wheel straight, in neutral, no brakes) I bring the center stand down until it touches the ground, but don't try and balance it, let it stay on the side stand.. Then I pull up in the handle and using my body weight push down on the center stand. Might not be the proper way, I dunno, but it seems to work well, and I've never dropped it. Just my $.02.
 

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Razmataz said:
Ron K Miller has a post on here somewhere with his method that works for me. I'm only 5'7. I don't use the grab handle. I use the handle on the side case because it allows me to keep my back straighter to where I can really give it a yank with my 'left' foot on the stand. The handle won't break off. :D
I'm 5'10 150lbs naked and that's the way I do it..no prob.
For me making sure both feet are touching before kicking it up was key.
 

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This might have been covered as I didn't have time to read all the post. I cut a piece of 5/4" stock from decking boards from Lowes/Home Depot type stores. It's a bit more than a piece of 3/4". I beveled it on both ends. It's about 8" wide by about 14" long.

When I'm working the LT, I first lay that down behind the rear tire then roll the bike up on the board and then lower the center stand and do the deed to put it up on the stand. About 75% easier for me. I'm challenged in most every way with age, but this is really easy.
 

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I'm 5'10 150lbs naked and that's the way I do it..no prob.
For me making sure both feet are touching before kicking it up was key.
Well...I prefer to have my clothes on when I do it...to many neighbors walk by my Garage...:histerica
 
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