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    Lifting bike onto Centerstand

    This question has probably been asked too many times, but I need to ask it again. How do I best lift the bike onto the centerstand without dropping it . Last fall I almost lost it. There is a gadget ( bike lift by Wunderlich) for sale which attaches to the side of the bike and is supposed to help im lifting it on the centerstand. Is this worth it? Has anyone tried it.

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    Tom,

    Yes, it has been asked a few times...search is your friend! LOL

    As far as putting it on the stand, I really don't think with the propper techinique you will reallly need any additional equipment.

    First, put the stand down to the ground with your right foot on it, and rock the bike side to side slightly. You will be able to feel when both "feet" of the centerstand are touching the ground.

    Now, holding the bike by the left handgrip, and the handhold really put all of your weight on the back piece of the centerstand while pulling slightly up and back with the handhold. It really should take almost no effort of lifting with your arms.

    With a little practice, you will get it!

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    with BMWs, it's really more a matter of pushing the centerstand down into the ground than it is pulling the bike up above it. PUSH the c-stand down with your foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    with BMWs, it's really more a matter of pushing the centerstand down into the ground than it is pulling the bike up above it. PUSH the c-stand down with your foot.
    +1. I tend the think of it as an elementary physics problem: 1) push the stand down to the pavement with your right foot, then rock it just a little bit to make sure both sides are touching the pavement, 2) hold left handgrip with left hand, and (depending on model) hold, handgrip (R1150RT), luggage rack (R1200RT) with right hand, and finally 3) using the handholds only to guide the motorcycle towards the rear, step down smartly (putting your entire body weight onto it)on the centerstand footpad.

    I weigh 228#, and my final step (#3) has to be moderated, as otherwise, I'd launch my R1200RT back, and it would fall off the stand.

    Don't try this barefooted...probably won't work...
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    The above instructions are the way to do the lift.

    However, if you should ever lower the bike's suspension, it will require more grunt to get the the bike up. If in time it becomes more difficult to do the operation, it might be an indication that the rear shock needs replacing.
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    Well here's a twist on the technique that makes it even easier- I do this because I shattered the long tendon in my right foot and cannot put focussed loads on that arch without starting swelling, even with boots on. Turns out its less effort than a right foot technique anyway

    Put the stand down and make sure both sides are touching hard stuff
    Turn bars all the way to left (clutch side)
    With LEFT foot on the stand, right hand on the bike by the rear seat and left hand on the left grip, simply ROLL the bike rearward onto the stand.

    Yes it is NOT about lifting the weight of the bike and
    Yes you need to be careful about being over exuberant, especially if you've got a fully loaded top case! It can get some pretty serious momentum going. If your technique is sound it almost jumps up on the stand.

    I should probably point out my stand is on a "turn a bike" so I spin it 180 next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post

    Don't try this barefooted...probably won't work...
    actually, my R11S is so easy, i have done it barefooted. smarts a bit, but certainly doable. My F800GS is not quite that pleasant, especially with saddlebags on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    +1. I tend the think of it as an elementary physics problem: 1) push the stand down to the pavement with your right foot, then rock it just a little bit to make sure both sides are touching the pavement, 2) hold left handgrip with left hand, and (depending on model) hold, handgrip (R1150RT), luggage rack (R1200RT) with right hand, and finally 3) using the handholds only to guide the motorcycle towards the rear, step down smartly (putting your entire body weight onto it)on the centerstand footpad. I weigh 228#, and my final step (#3) has to be moderated, as otherwise, I'd launch my R1200RT back, and it would fall off the stand. Don't try this barefooted...probably won't work...
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    ALl excellent reasons to raise the beeg girl- El tee ..
    In my country- I have had two beeeuteefull russiun wimmen straddle bik with their muscular arms holding the bars.. I then put my beeg foot down and they peek up motorcycle..
    reall eezy to dew. und I look guid too..

    also wear shoooz..

    its a little humour.. and the answers have been good as well.
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    Push the botton . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    with BMWs, it's really more a matter of pushing the centerstand down into the ground than it is pulling the bike up above it. PUSH the c-stand down with your foot.
    Put bike in neutral, run engine at fast idle, keep both feet firmly on the ground, hold bike vertical, hold the power centerstand button down, and feel smug that you have a K1200 LT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oink View Post
    Put bike in neutral, run engine at fast idle, keep both feet firmly on the ground, hold bike vertical, hold the power centerstand button down, and feel smug that you have a K1200 LT.
    BMW did not label them Light Truck without good reason.
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    I agree on the BMW sidestands. Must be in Germany they only use concrete or a very high density of asphault. Or, the German engineers figure that everyone only uses the centerstand. Because the typical BMW sidestand footprint is more of a tiny pie cutter shape than anything useful.

    That is why I use the centerstand on my 94RS a very high percentage. But it is very easy to get my RS on the centerstand. Same for most BMWs with the exception of the K12 and K13GT, and the LT of course (which I can do). Helps to have strong legs and hips, no back issues, doesn't take much arm strength, but strong hands help too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgertom View Post
    This question has probably been asked too many times, but I need to ask it again. How do I best lift the bike onto the centerstand without dropping it . Last fall I almost lost it. There is a gadget ( bike lift by Wunderlich) for sale which attaches to the side of the bike and is supposed to help im lifting it on the centerstand. Is this worth it? Has anyone tried it.
    I checked the OP's previous posts and saw that he has a R1200R.
    I looked at a R1200R at a dealer and put it up on the center stand and compared to the other models it is not as easy as a RT or a GS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badgertom View Post
    This question has probably been asked too many times, but I need to ask it again. How do I best lift the bike onto the centerstand without dropping it . Last fall I almost lost it. There is a gadget ( bike lift by Wunderlich) for sale which attaches to the side of the bike and is supposed to help im lifting it on the centerstand. Is this worth it? Has anyone tried it.
    Easiest way??

    Buy an LT with a powered centerstand!
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    When I bought my k75RT last year after not riding for close to 30 years, I had
    a very hard time getting it onto the centerstand. It wasn't until I realized that
    for some reason I always had the front wheel turned to the left when I got off
    the bike. I was not only pulling the bike backwards, but was also dragging the
    front tire backwards. I learned to have the front tire straight so that it rolls
    back instead of dragging. I always leave the bike on the centerstand, I just
    feel safer that way, maybe it's from having gone through too many earthquakes
    living in S. California. I just don't trust the sidestand. It wasn't until reading this
    thread that I learned that not all later model BMW's come with a lifting handle
    like the K75 has.

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