I destroyed the centerstand on my '02 last week...tore the metal like a pretzel. I was going to just weld it, but now I think I'll shorten it first.
I'll measure the rear tire gap on my friend's '02, then cut a tad less than 1/2 the measurement (assuming the stand is located midway on the wheelbase).
All the comments confirm my suspicions about it being a symphony of standing, lifting the handle, and pulling back on the handgrip.
In my 48+ years of riding, I've never met a bike more challenging to centerstand...it's an absolute monster. Makes my Yamaha 650 Turbo feel like a 100cc dirtbike!
But, unleashing its raw, unaided, visceral torque into glorious wheelies and catching a clutchless 2nd in the air feels better than anything I've ever felt here on Earth.
With lane splitting allowed in CA, I must've done 30 wheelies off stoplights on PCH from Costa Mesa to see the Queen Mary yesterday...one, in front of an HB cop, too! (luckily, he was going the other way...whew).