Me either until I came across the first bike I had trouble with it on, especially for owners of smaller or lighter builds. One of the F800GS forums I used to be on had this pop up periodically, usually from owners moving from a lighter bike to the 800 or never dealing with a centerstand before. To some it comes naturally, others have to learn or figure it out.after over 40 years of biking, this subject never crossed my mind but it's interesting when you stop to think about it
LOL obviously it's a little more complicated for some, based on this thread and other forums.I think you're making something simple, complicated. I've never been aware of using any 'system.' Just stand on the centre stand and use a hand on the frame or luggage rack to steady the bike and as it rises and goes back, guide it along. Maybe my formative years with Tridents and Rocket 3's made me appreciate the simple things in life!
Centerstanding a bike was something that made me nervous and seemed harder than it should have been until I took a MSF class and was fortunate to have a great teacher who really worked hard to make sure we were prepared and ready for the challenge of really learning to stay safe.Yep, another new owner with a "low on the learning curve" type question. This one seems self evident enough but I've been trying to get the bike on the center stand and have yet to figure out how to successfully do it.
Also, make sure bike isn't in gear when you're trying to put it on the stand! If it's in gear it will fight you, and holding the clutch is one more thing to worry about then.I believe *this* is my fundamental error. More "foot" or down force on the center-stand and more UP, not back on the bike. Thanks to everyone for the help. I'll try it as soon as I get to the garage.
Yeah, I have a slight weight advantage on ya, only 75lbs or so lol. Bike on a downslope of any kind can also require a lot more effort. I just tested in my driveway, I had to pull back on bike for downslope. Weight alone on the lever didn't cut it there.I wish! I tried that when I first got it but I don't have the weight.
Just for curiosity instead of grabbing the left handlebar grip (it turns on you) grab the back of the left tank guard and when you get the bike up, pull there and lean back. Works for my coworker when nothing else he tried did.I grab the left handgrip and one of the frame members for the panniers. As I said, it can get the bike up, but I can't get it to move "back". The frame hand-hold is not far back enough and there's nothing else to grab onto.
btw: I have no problem getting my 800+ lb Goldwing onto the center stand.
+1 and make sure your sidestand is up. A lot of riders have had a mis-attempt of putting the bike on the centerstand or taking off centerstand and when it drops back down and forward it'll sometimes hit the side stand and pogo to the right and go over. Don't ask how I know thisAlso, make sure bike isn't in gear when you're trying to put it on the stand! If it's in gear it will fight you, and holding the clutch is one more thing to worry about then.
Wasn't dismissing anyone's struggles. I just get the sense some people are trying too hard and over-thinking. I thought it might be helpful to suggest a different approach - ie letting the bike do the work. The Himalayan is one of the easiest to handle in my experience.LOL obviously it's a little more complicated for some, based on this thread and other forums.
I've been riding for a few decades myself and never had problems with centerstands until I got into heavier bikes. What used to work for me, as you say "simply standing on the centerstand" definitely doesn't work for my weight and height on a laden F800, KLR or R100GS, fact. I had to change from simply "standing" to standing, pulling up hard and pulling back in right sequence.
My KLR centerstand was aftermarket and I was having problems getting it up, especially with loaded panniers. I had several larger and heavier buddies try it and show me what I was doing wrong, and they ended up having some difficulty as well. It turns out the stand was raising the rear tire almost 2.5". Compare that to my Himalayan which only raises the rear tire 1". I shortened the stand legs around 0.50" and that was all it took for me to get it up. It was an improperly designed stand, especially based on the complaints of a number of other KLR owners. Some bikes are easier than others.I know that from prior experience on many bikes.
I'm glad it's a simple thing for you and I'm sure you mean no harm, but you really shouldn't dismiss the obvious struggles others have, especially when they're circumstances may be different than yours.