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    embarrassed to say... Help me with center stand!

    Ok, I'm a 210lb male, very able bodied, but for some reason it takes me 3-4 (sometimes more) tries to get my R1200R up on the stand! Why? what am I doing wrong? I swear I've seen 120 girls do this with less effort?

    anyone got a trick to this to make it easier?

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    Jerk and stomp. I combine inertia of the bike and my body weight thrown backward followed by putting all my weight on the centerstand lever.

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    It's sorta all in the wrist....and the geometry of arm length and inseam
    There is a good Best of Forum on the subject- hope it helps, that and a bit of practice. OM
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=38314
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    Put foot on centre stand. grab lift handle. Lift straight up. Done.

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    Much, if not most, of the work is done by putting your weight on the centerstand with your foot. Think of yourself pushing the bike up, not lifting it up. Be the bike, Grasshopper.....
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    Occasionally I forget about the dynamics of getting my R1200GS up on the center stand and I have to give the rider's manual a quick check, it is all about "...Place full weight of body on center stand while pulling motorcycle toward rear."

    Once in awhile I'll try to pull it up instead of pulling it toward rear. Once I get that, it is a piece of cake.

    From the rider's manual...

    1. Switch off engine.
    2. Dismount and keep your left
    hand on left handlebar grip.
    3. With your right hand, take hold
    of the rear frame.
    4. Using your right foot, press
    center stand toward rear until
    feet rest on ground.
    5. Place full weight of body on
    center stand while pulling motorcycle
    toward rear.

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    ah, it's the weight on center stand thing that I was missing!

    works much better now... thanks yall...

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    Or, just say NO. Your bike doesn't have to go on the center stand. The side stand works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Or, just say NO. Your bike doesn't have to go on the center stand. The side stand works just fine.

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    no truth to the rumor of higher oil consumption on startup due to oil seeping thru the downward side rings then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Or, just say NO. Your bike doesn't have to go on the center stand. The side stand works just fine.

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    Spoken by a lady that has a fulltime, dedicated and adoring mechanic at her beck and call 24/7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1200RClassic View Post
    no truth to the rumor of higher oil consumption on startup due to oil seeping thru the downward side rings then?

    Maybe if you leave it on the sidestand a long time and the piston is just in the right position. I leave both my R bikes on the side stand for weeks at a time. Only once did my R100GSPD smoke noticeably at start-up and that went away quickly. If I know a bike is going to be idle for a month or more I will maybe put it on the centerstand. Nothing a little LC 20 oil additive won't fix...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBeemer View Post
    Nothing a little LC 20 oil additive won't fix...........
    Hey, hasn't harmed my engine yet....


    but GOD it's so easy now to put the bike up on the stand, now that I know the proper way to do it.

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    Don't know how much different they are, but my GSA has to be the World's easiest bike to put on the center stand. I just stand on the stand and lightly pull up and it pops right up. I can even just ever so slowly take the bike up or even stop mid-way if I want.

    Put all your weight on the center stand, take left foot off the ground, and pull up on the bike. It pops right up.
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    My BMW's are so perfectly balanced I don't use either stand. I just walk away and they remain upright.
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    Don't feel too badly about it. Had a person on an older UJM recently want to know how to perform the same operation on his bike. I asked him to demonstrate what he did. Then I told him that he needed to get off the bike first.
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