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Old 06-02-2006, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question: does anyone have a problem using the built-in hand-hold to raise the bike on center stand? It is just NOT at the right height or angle for me. Using it is tearing up my right-lower back muscles so I have been using the handy blue rail just above the pannier to pull it up, but I am concerned I may be over-stressing it--if it is plastic. Does anyone know it's composition? If it is plastic, it is the most rigid plastic I have ever encountered. To see how strong it is, remove the rear seat and examine the attach points, try to bend the thin piece that sticks up.
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Bob,

The trick is NOT to lift the bike, it will do that all by it self.

As dear old Archimedes would say:
Use the leverage you get between the centerstand and the pedal to operate it.
Even a lightweight person will find that with all your bodyweight on the pedal, the bike will jump up on the center stand.
(Keep your left foot slightly behind you for stability)

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You should use your right and left hands mostly for balance and once you get the center stand down touching the ground just stand up on it with your leg and the bike will come up rather easily - once you get the knack of it and do it a few times you will see how easy it really is - PBraido
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How much do you guys weigh?? I am 205 lbs and when I stand on the lever it does not LEAP onto the stand! It requires a hefty pull upwards--I am not new at this, have used center stands on many bikes.
Anyway--my real question is----does anyone know what the blue rail is made of??
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My weight is a tad under 100kg or 220lbs in your money.
But your weight really isn't the issue, SWMBO can get it up ( get the bike up on the C-stand I meant but you knew that, didn't you) and she only weighs in at 65kg or 140lbs.

Treat the C-stand pedal like the first step of a staircase and have faith, the forces will be with you.


(and sorry, I don't know what the grab-rail is made of, it were replaced by a luggage system before I got my bike.)
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Viking, your extra 20 lbs would definitely help--next time I will wear my backpack with an extra 20 in it and see what happens. I would love to see a video of your 140 lb wife (or whoever) putting it on the stand unassisted. Or maybe the Euro versions have a longer lever to step on?.....or maybe if I remove the 2 panniers it will make the difference....
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My wife's more than 140, but she got it up with loaded bags at a gas pump.

It's not hard compared to any other STs I've had either. Level ground, be sure both legs are touching before you step on it. If you're lifting from a point other than the grab spot, it's less than optimal... or you're not quite getting the right angle on it.

You're using your right foot, correct?

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yeah, I agree with the rest of these posts. I am 145 lbs and 5'9" and this scoot jumps up on the stand if you use the techniques in this forum. Give it a try, just don't let her get over to far on either side, **** happens you know!

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How much do you guys weigh?? I am 205 lbs and when I stand on the lever it does not LEAP onto the stand! It requires a hefty pull upwards--I am not new at this, have used center stands on many bikes.
Anyway--my real question is----does anyone know what the blue rail is made of??
My silver rail is a plastic of some kind.

As for center standing the FJR, how about "throwing" it up and back about 3' the first time I did it? It's so easy compared to a GL1500 Gold Wing with Aux fuel cell, that it was embarrasing.
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Level ground, be sure both legs are touching before you step on it. If you're lifting from a point other than the grab spot, it's less than optimal... or you're not quite getting the right angle on it.

You're using your right foot, correct?

Agree - must make sure you have both centrestand feet touching the ground (first time it will feel like the bike wants to fall away from you), Right hand steadies and lifts moderately, push down firmly with right foot. Works every time.

If this doesn't work for you, ask Mrs Liquid for a few tips.
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