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    When should a center stand be used ? The reason I ask is my friend who rides a RTP like mine said the center stand should only be used for maintenance. But, up until recently, I have been using it to park my bike. For example, I used it for the first 5 months I owned my bike to park. Since I park in a concrete garage that is level, I didn't see this as an issue. Also, parking the bike on the center stand in a garage makes checking the oil easy. But, my friend convinced me to stop using the center stand to park. But, even at the dealers park all the bikes on the center stand. Besides failing over easier there any risks of parking a bike on the center stand ?

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    Use your centerstand as you like. If you're in a level garage, the centerstand is fine. It has a smaller triangle footprint than using the sidestand does and is less stable, but you already know that. As long as nobody knocks the bike and it tips over, who cares? Your bike, your garage, your rules.

    I would never use the centerstand to park it any place else, unless you had to work on the bike. I saw a couple of Gold Wings last week on the BRP parked side by side on their centerstands, which I thought odd and so chose not to park next to them since the parking lot wasn't flat, was asphalt, and the wind gusts were pretty high up top at the Pisgah Inn. Maybe they know something I don't, but seemed like a recipe for disaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyGrownup View Post
    When should a center stand be used ? The reason I ask is my friend who rides a RTP like mine said the center stand should only be used for maintenance. But, up until recently, I have been using it to park my bike. For example, I used it for the first 5 months I owned my bike to park. Since I park in a concrete garage that is level, I didn't see this as an issue. Also, parking the bike on the center stand in a garage makes checking the oil easy. But, my friend convinced me to stop using the center stand to park. But, even at the dealers park all the bikes on the center stand. Besides failing over easier there any risks of parking a bike on the center stand ?
    Everyone has different opinions on this. I've had several bikes over the years with center stands, and I can only tell you my personal experiences.

    From what I understand, the '99 R1100RT I own will very easily roll forward off it's side stand if left in neutral, and nudged from behind (or parked on any sort of decline). I find the center stand much more stable in that respect. While the bike is positioned upright, the center stand feet are placed far enough apart where I wasn't worried leaving it in a windy parking lot.

    The other issue I remember from my old GoldWing days (40K+ miles), where the manual stated to use the center stand so that oil will not collect in the lower bank of cylinders. If a Wing was left to sit, rumor was it would smoke on one side until the cylinder was clear of excess oil. It never happened to me, but then, I used the center stand.

    What does all this mean? If I just stop for a few minutes - side stand. Anything longer - Center stand. But, it's your bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delaware.Dave View Post
    From what I understand, the '99 R1100RT I own will very easily roll forward off it's side stand if left in neutral, and nudged from behind (or parked on any sort of decline).
    Why would you want to park it in neutral?

    With no handbrake (like a car or truck, manual or automatic), nor a Park position for your transmission (like an automatic car/truck), leaving it in gear is your only "parking brake". we teach leaving it in first gear in the very first exerercise of the MSF Beginner Rider Course. its a good plan.

    2 wheels and a sidestand makes a larger base for the "parking triangle" than does ANY centerstand and 1 wheel, and a larger base is more stable.
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    Why do you listen to your friend anyway ?
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    Always listen to your friends no matter how wrong they are. It's like listening to your mother, Listen, nod and do what you damn well please.

    I use the side stand when I'm too lazy to use the center stand except on a soft surface like grass. Then it is always the side stand with a hard thingy. Never had a problem in 25 years of riding BMW's.


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    Cops don't use the centerstand because:
    A) Harleys are too heavy.
    B) Takes too long to get off the bike and use it for a shield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaasu View Post
    Always listen to your friends no matter how wrong they are. It's like listening to your mother, Listen, nod and do what you damn well please.

    I use the side stand when I'm too lazy to use the center stand except on a soft surface like grass. Then it is always the side stand with a hard thingy. Never had a problem in 25 years of riding BMW's.

    I never listen to my friends; I'm too busy making my own mistakes.

    Echoing Paul G; my R1150R goes on the center stand real easy, have to be a little more careful bringing it down. My F650GS doesn't go on the center stand nearly as easy, but comes down pretty easy.
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    None of the posters must own a K1200RS. The side stand on the K stands it nearly straight up. It leans less than 6 degrees when on the side stand on level ground? You can't pull to the side of the road and expect the bike to stand up on the side stand. You have to look for a slope going down on the left side of the bike to increase the lean angle until it is stable, therefore the K bike spends most of it's time on the center stand. I have knocked the K bike over in the garage by just bumping into it with it on the side stand. Now the GS is a different story it leans at more than 15 degrees. It is very stable in all normal conditions you normally see for parking. Most of the time the K is on the center stand unless I'm somewhere that has favorable parking (it slopes the way I need it to). The GS stays on its side when out, but on the center stand when in the garage.

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    centerstand vs kickstand for parking

    I use the sidestand, and leave it in 1st gear. This makes it much easier and more stable should you lose your balance,

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungstart View Post
    None of the posters must own a K1200RS. The side stand on the K stands it nearly straight up. It leans less than 6 degrees when on the side stand on level ground? You can't pull to the side of the road and expect the bike to stand up on the side stand. You have to look for a slope going down on the left side of the bike to increase the lean angle until it is stable, therefore the K bike spends most of it's time on the center stand. I have knocked the K bike over in the garage by just bumping into it with it on the side stand. Now the GS is a different story it leans at more than 15 degrees. It is very stable in all normal conditions you normally see for parking. Most of the time the K is on the center stand unless I'm somewhere that has favorable parking (it slopes the way I need it to). The GS stays on its side when out, but on the center stand when in the garage.

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    Oh the things we will bicker over...
    Do what works best for your bike at that particular place.
    Nothing else matters.

    Just for your collective amusement:
    A long time ago, I parked my R75/5 on the centerstand, on a very slight uphill slope, facing uphill. It was a hot day there at Mammoth Lakes...
    I walked away to see the Devil's Postpile, and returned to find my bike "mostly" upright... but leaning on one head, with both legs of the stand sunk into the blacktop.
    Had to take off the bags & camping gear to pull it back up and out.
    Could've been a lot worse if it was on the sidestand...

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    I use the centerstand in the shed, performing maintenance, loading it up for a trip and when I wash the bike. Otherwise, the sidestand is used. Not only easier, but it is far more stable in wind and on soft surfaces. Leave it in gear when you park it though!
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    If you use the center stand and your bike falls over 2/3 times per week, use the side stand.
    If you use the side stand and your bike falls over 2/3 times per week, use the center stand.

    If it does not fall over on a regular basis, keep on doing what you are doing.

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    I generally use the center stand because I grew up down south where the hot summer temperatures soften asphalt parking lots enough to allow a side stand to sink in and the bike to tip over. I recently put a large foot attachment on my side stand so I dont have to worry about that anymore.

    The oilheads need to stay on the side stand for a few minutes after engine shut down to let the oil drain out of the oil cooler. Then I put the bike on the center stand to check the oil level in the sight glass.

    My bike stays on the center stand when stored for any amount of time in my garage. It fits better up against the wall and takes up less space.

    Do yourself a favor and buy some teflon sliders at the hardware store. Get the large round disks that are about 7 inches across and put one under each foot of the center stand to rotate the bike 180 degrees. It works better for me than trying to turn the bike by rolling it around the garage and it certainly is cheaper than buying a turntable.
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