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    R1200 RT Centerstand technique?

    Honestly, I've resisted posting this. There's not supposed to be such a thing as a dumb question, but...

    I seem to have a hard time getting my R1200RT on the centerstand. I'm a good size guy (5'11") of at least average strength, so I'm guessing that my technique is wrong. Where are you guys grabbing (while the panniers are on) with your right hand? Anybody care to share your technique? I'm guessing that a few us new owners could use the advice, but feel silly asking.

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    Larry,
    Tho it's harder w/ the side cases on, you can still grab the rear hand grips. It's not so much that you're lifting the bike with the right hand, rather you're pushing down with your leg on the center stand. The right hand is for balance, mostly but also helps with inertia.

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    It's ALL about pushing down with that right foot!!!

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    Never a dumb question.

    What i do is put the bike on the side stand first and then get off and face the bike from the clutch side.

    I place my left hand on the handlebar - right hand on the passanger grip as noted by rich223vt, i then push the bike off the sidestand.

    At this balance point I push down on the centerstand with my right leg until I feel contact on both points of the centerstand and simultaneously stepdown on the centerstand and pull (ease) the bike backwards with my two hand contact points.

    The majority of the force will be with your leg, your arms and hands are for guidance but can assist.

    I always kept the panneirs on the RT and never had an issues.

    BTW - i put my GT on the centerstand the same way.
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    Put foot on stand and straighten the bike until you feel both "feet" contact the ground.

    Turn bars all the way left with left arm and grab the handle with a straight right arm.

    Stand up by pushing DOWN on the stand with your leg, and pulling the bike back slightly with the bars.

    ALL your weight should be on the right foot, standing on the center stand



    Back and arms remain straight, DO NOT use back or arm muscles, only leg. Easy as pie once you get the technique down

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    Why do you turn the bars to the left? I hold the left grip but keep the bars strait. I agree with everyone that has posted on the rest of the technique.

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    Get the two contact points in place on ground, steady the bike anyway you like and stand on it. I find myself off the ground with the right foot applying all my weight. It's a nervous thing at first but you'll get it. That model year RT has really good counter weighting, it's easier to get up on the stand than my F800ST.
    My arms and hands are doing nothing to lift, just steadying the bike.

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    I used the centerstand all day today. What I discovered is that I was just being a little too tentative. I had this fear of dumping the bike, so I wasn't using it regularly. Using it 5-6 times today has me on the right track. Just grab it and stomp down. Simple enough.

    Thanks for the advice guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTFlyer View Post
    I used the centerstand all day today. What I discovered is that I was just being a little too tentative. I had this fear of dumping the bike, so I wasn't using it regularly. Using it 5-6 times today has me on the right track. Just grab it and stomp down. Simple enough.

    Thanks for the advice guys.
    There you go! I understand about being tentative, did the same thing myself and I was trying to lift the bike with my arms. Like that was going to happen!

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    Center stand

    I used to own a LT so this is easy. Try doing all the above bike straight, use the left leg and a little rocking motion front to back pop right up. This stance allows for more defence against the weight if all is not right.

    Try and see.

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    It's a Zen like thing, once you get it, you've got it.

    Good advice above. You leg does the work.
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    Correct explanations here though not sure what the deal was about turning the front wheel left. When I use the center stand I tap the foot pedal on the ground to make sure it's planted well and then I slowly move the bike level ( left hand on handle bar, right hand on grab rail) until I feel the other side of the stand make good contact with the floor. I think I use my knee as a guide. Having the bike firmly on both left and right points will have it going up like butta when standing on the pedal.

    If there is any needed caution it would to be careful not to go past that center point. Tilt the bike too hard or fast and it can get away on you by falling away.

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    I always put the sidestand down when removing the bike from the center stand. Sometomes the bike gets a little off-kilter, and it is nice to know that all I have to do is pull the bike to me and let it rest on the side stand. Just my 2 cents.
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    My last ride was a '96 RT before the '07 RT and it is different to get it on the center stand. I put my R foot on the stand and rock from L to R with my left foot off the ground when I use the center stand. You need to keep the bars straight so it rolls back real nice so you don't end up with the machine on top of you. I think they did a pretty good job with the center stand operation but it takes some getting used to for sure.

    I also pull right off the center stand with my feet on the pegs with a sort of rocking motion, I know some will tell me one day I'll break the stand off the machine but, Oh well. I rode in the dirt for many years and I like to try and stay balanced while riding and sometimes it's kinda' neat to see how slow you can go while staying balanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadfoot View Post
    I always put the sidestand down when removing the bike from the center stand. Sometomes the bike gets a little off-kilter, and it is nice to know that all I have to do is pull the bike to me and let it rest on the side stand. Just my 2 cents.
    I go one step further. I initially put the sidestand down, rest the bike on it and then leave it down after putting the cycle on the centerstand. I suspect anyone who owned an airhead with a spring loaded sidestand will inderstand why.

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