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    Center stand woes.

    Need a suggestion on getting my 1600GTL up on its center stand. Is there a trick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by costcoretired View Post
    Need a suggestion on getting my 1600GTL up on its center stand. Is there a trick?
    Welcome to the forum!
    Your question is one of the age old questions It sorta is "all in the wrist", or wrist and foot. Once you get the hang of it you'll wonder why you had trouble in the first place. Here is an older Best of Forum on the subject- http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....imple-for-some
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    Quote Originally Posted by costcoretired View Post
    Need a suggestion on getting my 1600GTL up on its center stand. Is there a trick?
    Put your foot on it, stand the bike up and 'feel' for when both sides of the stand are touching the ground, then lift on the passenger grab rail while standing on the center stand foot pad, It wont fall over as long as you have pressure on the stand until it is fully engaged.

    At least that is how I do it with the heavy K1600
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bikers1collie View Post
    Put your foot on it, stand the bike up and 'feel' for when both sides of the stand are touching the ground, then lift on the passenger grab rail while standing on the center stand foot pad, It wont fall over as long as you have pressure on the stand until it is fully engaged.
    I was just up at the dealer and saw a 1600 parked outside. I asked the owner if he could demonstrate. The above is exactly what he did. I suspect you need to pull towards the rear a bit while you're pulling up. But it's the up/rear pull along with your weight pushing down that gets the bike coming up and over the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bikers1collie View Post
    Put your foot on it, stand the bike up and 'feel' for when both sides of the stand are touching the ground, then lift on the passenger grab rail while standing on the center stand foot pad, It wont fall over as long as you have pressure on the stand until it is fully engaged.

    At least that is how I do it with the heavy K1600
    I do the same except I don't rely too much on grabbing the passenger rail...reason being is that its too far to my right and throws me off balance.
    Once you get it positioned on the stand....step down really hard on the center stand lever....it comes right up.
    I do hold on to the left handlebar grip and passenger rail but don't use them as lifting points.
    Here is a good demonstration...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SDuNlh8Ums

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    The above works best with hard soled shoes. Tennis type shoes are just to soft on the bottom

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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    The above works best with hard soled shoes. Tennis type shoes are just to soft on the bottom
    I fully agree. Even harder when you have to use your right leg as well (Bad left leg). It puts you off balance, but it works for me.
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    I roll my GTL rear tire onto a one foot square of 3/8 inch plywood. That provides quite a bit of leverage advantage towards getting the bike over center.

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    ...more Wheaties, period. Anyone that says, "oh, it's easy, just do this..." either doesn't own a K1600 or is pulling your leg. I'm 6'1", 250 lbs and it's always a struggle to get the bike on the center stand.

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    Hey Duane.
    I feel your pain...but I think its all in technique.
    Since I installed the rear bag protection bars, I use them as a lift point. Makes life a lot easier.
    Wunderlich makes a lift lever that attaches to a similar location and that helps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by costcoretired View Post
    Need a suggestion on getting my 1600GTL up on its center stand. Is there a trick?
    Put the ESA into the "2 Rider" position. Not necessarily convenient, but will make it easier to get the bike up on the centerstand. This will jack up the suspension and reduce the centerstand lift amount.

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    I have the legal speeding centerstand dolly, and its a pain to get the R1200RT onto its centerstand using the dolly. I have found that using the ESA with 2 UP(Driver and Passenger), literally raises the rear end of the R1200RT up nearly 1/2" that is required to compensate for the 1/2" height increase from the Legal Speeding dolly. This extra 1/2" increase in height without using the centerstand dolly should make using the centerstand that much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by costcoretired View Post
    Need a suggestion on getting my 1600GTL up on its center stand. Is there a trick?
    I have a 1200RT, so my bike is notably lighter. I am however a smaller guy (5’6’’ and 150lbs) and on the wrong side of 60 years. I found when I have issues getting my bike on the center stand I am pulling almost exclusively up rather than aft. Pulling to the rear seems to help me; hopefully it will help you.


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