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Old 12-18-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Tips on getting motorcycle on centerstand by yourself?

Hey all i just got myself a lift type center-stand so i dont have to annoy my friends when i need to do something to my bike.

I gave a shot at getting the bike up by myself and could not get it on the stand. I only have to get the rear of the bike about 4 inches up to get it under the stand, but when i try to lift the bike sideways on the stand the stand ends up moving, and when i lift the bike and try to kick the stand under it the stand just gets caught up on my skidplate.

Anyone have any good tips or methods?

Thanks,
David
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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It gets caught on the skidplate...? What bike is this and can you get some pics?

I found the easiest way for me on my previous bikes that had them is to put some weight down the...the...not sure terminology so the part of the stand that your foot goes on, and use your legs to life the bike by the subframe. When I finally got the technique down, I did it on a lighter bike and almost threw it
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Its hard (for me at least) to tell what stand you're talking about--a dirt bike stand? What brand? Do you have pics or a link?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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i too have a hard time of it. but i have found that if i place one foot on top of the "landing pad" of the ctr stand and the other on terra firma, and then try to get it u- i, at least, get closer to sucsess. (mine's a honda st1100 and the center stand has a "step on leve"r, welded to the left side of the ctr stand for just this reason
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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Hard to tell from the OP, but it sounds like a metal stand that is separate from the bike, like motocross riders use in the pits? It is going to be tough with that stand. You would have been better off with a motorcycle jack, but that's water under the bridge.

What about placing a 2" thick board under one or both tires, kick stand, and under your feet? That would give you a 2" head start lifting to the top of the stand. It sounds like you are close, so that may be all you need.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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The OP's profile says he has a KLR 250...

@OP: Return what you got, if you can, and get one of these:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ift-Stand.aspx
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:45 AM   #7
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It is a technique
keep the bike between you and the stand, you are on the right side of the bike, left hand holds subframe nearest you.
Your right hand holds the throttle side of the handle bar with TWO fingers on the front brake lever.

Rock the bike forwards and brake! the momentum will compress the front fork and elevate the rear..
See where i am going with this ?

Continue the upward swing of the rear with your left arm while keeping the front brake locked.

Swing the bike towards the stand with your left knee, and plop it down
You may adjust the distance from the bike to the stand a few times before you are successful
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:10 AM   #8
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Funny how many people have problems with this. Simples. Foot on the centre stand, pull the bike straight up and not up and back as most people tend to do.

AB

Oops. Re read post. Forget what I said. True thou. :)
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:41 AM   #9
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I use one of these for my dual sport. The wheels allow me to roll the whole thing around wherever I need it. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with the v-twin because the front exhaust runs under the engine. Once I get the skid plate on I think it will work.

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Old 12-19-2012, 10:18 AM   #10
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I use one of these for my dual sport. The wheels allow me to roll the whole thing around wherever I need it. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with the v-twin because the front exhaust runs under the engine. Once I get the skid plate on I think it will work.
+1. Bought a like new used one for $50 for lifting the wr250r. Works awesome.
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