Centerstand, getting it up

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  1. gsapilot

    gsapilot Been here awhile

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    If you have a bike with ESA, I found it helps to set it at max preload. I use a Park n Move dolly, which adds an extra 3/8" to the equation, and it's a bit of a challenge without raising the suspension.
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  2. MX2ADV

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    +1 on technique over brute force. 06 1200GSA here but I've also owned various other boxers and F800GSA, I don't so much lift the bike onto the centerstand as rock or rotate it backwards onto the centerstand. I'm 5'11 200lbs. I find that weight in the panniers makes little difference for me with ease of putting the bike on the stand. On the left side of the bike I grab the pannier mount with my right hand and hold the left grip with my left hand. I deploy the stand with my right foot by putting all of my weight on the centerstand arm (on my right foot) and gently rocking the bike backward. Works like a charm but you have to commit.
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  3. KKORO

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    I just put the front tire on the upside of any hill. There's almost always a slant somewhere.

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  4. JimVonBaden

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    The 05 was an off centered pig. They fixed it in late 06.
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  5. Jbrjbr21

    Jbrjbr21 Been here awhile

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    I will roll bike backwards and then step on stand and it goes up pretty easy.
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  6. rboett

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    This
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  7. Dan-M

    Dan-M Long timer Supporter

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    What he said. ESA or not, increase preload just enough to give you a little more ground clearance. Makes all the difference.
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  8. Boxa

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    I just fitted some new shocks to my 05 GS, the rear one is 12mm (1/2 inch ) longer. Made lifting onto the center stand maybe 50% easier.

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  9. vanha

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    If it's too hard to get on the centerstand just stick with the sidestand..?
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  10. BywayMan

    BywayMan Been here awhile

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    Video
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  11. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Been here awhile

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    Seriously, it's not rocket science. I made this a couple of years ago after painfully reading a thread just like this one.

    It's technique, not brute strength.
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  12. BywayMan

    BywayMan Been here awhile

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    I posted it because it contradicts other videos that show the right-side passenger handle being pulled up or back, among other flaws.
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  13. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    This helps. Max will raise the bike so less distance to get it up...
    I have the TT racks and have to grab the passenger peg bracket to raise the bike with the bags in.
    Note that pulling it is part of the technique. BMW recommends putting weight on the center stand while pulling...
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  14. kneeslider

    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    I have discovered as I get older (80) it has been more difficult to "get it up!"
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  15. Hogges

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    Newb question: the bike is in neutral during all this?
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  16. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    It shouldn't matter as rear wheel gets lifted in the process of center stand being deployed... If in gear, you can squeeze the clutch...
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  17. ChrisViperM

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  18. huck629

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    The 1250GS is my first bike with a center stand and I've practiced enough that getting it up on the center stand is really no big deal but I still have problems getting down off the stand. I'm always just a little wobbly and it feels like the bike is really close to falling over.
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  19. DMack_762

    DMack_762 Been here awhile

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    I pull into the parking space, wherever it may be. I place my bike in neutral. I cover the front brake with my right hand, with my left heel, I push down on the center stand. I stand up on the center stand, whilst pulling back on the bars. It takes one or two "rocks" with the front brake keeping the bike from moving forward, but it pops right up. No issues at all. 2019 GSA, and I am 6'3" / 250 with a 34" inseam. Tall setting on the stock seat. :)

    I never have to dismount my bike to put it on the center stand.
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  20. ADKGsa

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    I found that while I am standing on the center stand foot it goes up much easier if I shift my weight toward the rear of the bike instead of straight down.
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