Author Topic: Damn That !@#$%^& Centerstand (by Elvin Rivera)  (Read 4436 times)

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Damn That !@#$%^& Centerstand (by Elvin Rivera)
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:24:54 pm »
Getting your Concours up on the centerstand isn't the near impossible procedure many say it is. It's all a matter of technique.

  • With the bike on its sidestand and transmission in neutral, stand on the left side of the seat facing the bike and straighten the front wheel with your left hand.
  • With  your left hand still on the left handlebar grip, place your right hand on the lift handle (or the passenger grip handle).
  • Lower the centerstand with your right foot until it touches the ground. At this point only one centerstand foot will be down.
  • With your right foot still on the centerstand foot-pad, take a step closer to the bike with your left foot.
  • Push the bike upright until you feel both centerstand feet touch the ground.
  • Now, lift your left foot and shift your entire weight onto the centerstand foot-pad with your right foot.
  • Stand straight and push your right foot down while holding the lift handle.
  • You are using your leg muscles to push "against" your right hand. The bike will quickly rise and rest on the centerstand.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LIFT WITH YOUR ARM OR BACK! The trick is to push down with your right leg while you resist with your right arm. It's like lifting a heavy box off the floor. Back straight and lift with your legs. Once that heavy bike starts to move momentum will do the rest.

Practice with the sidestand down and a friend spotting on the right side of the bike. The stand will prevent it from falling on its left and your spotter will keep it from falling on its right. With practice you'll wonder what all the trouble was.

I'm not saying it's easy, but it's easier than you think. Here's a video demonstrating the technique. (Start at 3:10. That's when he gets to the actual Demo.) Turn your volume down. It begins with a revving engine.