Yes I'm well aware of the correct technique for putting a bike onto a center stand, been doing it for decades. I use the term lift as more of a descriptor, but yes its mainly just a steadying of the bike and aids in getting ones weight onto the stand in the right manner to create the lifting power. As I noted, with the panniers on, there is absolutely nowhere on this bike to get a hold of that allows me to put my weight onto the stand effectively. We all have different physical characteristics, so what may work for one person can be awkward for another. This is what I need for me. When the panniers are off, the rack is a good place to grip, but I almost always have them on.