Centerstand, getting it up

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Meritlane, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    no problem without boxes but is there an easy hack ie placement of a strap to get a gsw on its centerstand with touratech boxes attached?
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  2. adam71

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    I grab this spot (on the kickstand side):

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  4. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    I have a full altrider rack, so that spot is nor an option.
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  5. 150flyer

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    Install a handle on top of the front right side of the left box.
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  6. Chaostrophy

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    Get fat. I'm 340, and find putting my 2005 R1200GS on the center stand fairly easy. But, frankly, that's still an absurd amount of force! Much prefer my R80RT with the ride off center stand ;-)

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  7. andynj

    andynj Been here awhile

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    My 2017 is the hardest bike I have owned to get on the center stand but I am #160 and can manage it OK as long as the bags are not full. I found that the trick is to find the find the right angle to pull at, not straight up its up and back and then its much easier. Also technique is key to use your legs not your arms.
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  8. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I face forward with my legs bent, grab the left grip and the frame near the left passenger peg, then lift with my legs while leaning slightly back. Grunt Factor Two when the bags are full, but empty it goes right up.
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  9. Bill-66

    Bill-66 I don't even know... Supporter

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    Just put a finger or two in frame right in front of panniers...

    They're easy to get up..I can do mine with flip flops on..
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  10. FireSpaceLigers

    FireSpaceLigers Been here awhile

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    I have 1150, but I grab near the rear footpeg, is this not an option for your bike?

    Key is momentum and not strength. The correct body mechanics will come in time. Its 80-90% slamming your full body weight onto the center stand foot lever at the correct time. You might try rocking it back and forth very slightly with your foot on the stand lever (body weight on, body weight off), then slamming your full body weight onto the center stand foot lever during the exact moment the bike rocks into the favorable direction while pulling up and back very slightly.
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  11. usgser

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    Don't know about your year or with your boxes. On an 05 R1200GS w/Jesse hard boxes I had a folding lift handle that bolted to the sub frame. Made it easier for my skinny old arse.
    Handle came from Wunderlich(sp?).
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  12. Chaostrophy

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    I have one as well, but I find grabbing the diagonal part of the Jesse bag mount to be more convenient. It's a little bit higher.

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  13. JimVonBaden

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    That is how I did it. Now I grab the space between the mount on the rear foot peg.
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  14. WesF

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    For my Tiger l made a piece of wood that you either push it backwards or forwards depending on the incline you're on & as it raises the back wheel then the centerstand angle becomes less acute making it easier to lift, l keep it in my pannier/side box & it weighs nothing & takes up very little space.

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  15. Bill-66

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  16. Meritlane

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    I'm thinking a web strap around the sub frame instead of a handle to help pick up the sleeping beast as well. anyone try that? curious if you found something the correct length or made one that would be just long enough to use the efficiency of a wrist hang instead of using hand strength.

    Grunt level will always be huge when the boxes are loaded.
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  17. pistole

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    with panniers and topbox , yes , it can be hard.
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  18. Bikerboy108

    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    18 is easy compared to the 05 GS
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  19. the78outlaw

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    These. Little bit of extra weight helps for sure. However, being new to the ownership pool, I can absolutely attest to technique more than brute force for sure. For those few times I don't time it right, it's definitely more difficult to try and muscle the bike onto the stand, than using the center stand and my body weight to leverage it up.

    My .02 YMMV
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  20. Botch

    Botch Been here awhile

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    The problem I had for quite awhile was, I didn't have both feet of the center-stand firmly on the ground before lifting/pulling. Its kind of scary tipping Pig up that far, where it feels like you could tip her over the opposite direction. You can have a friend stand on the other side of the bike and try it a few times, until you get the "feel".
    The panniers have never interfered with my grabbing the lower frame...
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