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Center Stand help
« on: October 02, 2015, 08:08:12 pm »
Anyone know of a manner in which to shorten the centerstand?  It's more difficult to operate than the Goldwing I had!  Any help would be appreciated!
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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 10:55:01 pm »
The very few times I put a GW on its center stand I thought it was the easiest operation I ever encountered.  My R1200RT, and K1600GTL, were both about the same as the Trophy.  I'm just not having all that much trouble with the Trophy as long as I have hard sole shoes or my boots on, and mine has been lowered 20mm which has given some others problems with the center stand.  Personally I think someone should take all the dimensional information off a Gold Wing and SELL IT to all the other mfr.'s, since they don't seem to be willing to do the research themselves.
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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2015, 11:25:33 pm »
I never had problems with the 1200RT, but the GW gave me fits...I could do it, but dreaded every attempt!  Guess I just need to adjust or readjust my approach.  Actually it just pisses me off that I have to do that...could just be lazy!  I am ordering the lowering dogbones too, which will exacerbate the problem,  thus prompting the inquisition as to shortening the c-stand.
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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 02:33:53 am »
I'm watching this topic because I literally cannot put mine up on the center stand on my own. I bought my TTSE with the Lust Racing (lowering) links. I need only a tiny boost to get it up (lol), but it's frustrating not being able to do it without fearing a strained back.

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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 09:05:04 am »
This Topic was discused quite extensively previously, but I can't find the original message.
( I'll Post a link if I do come across it ).

The Trophy IS a heavy bike, bit getting it onto the centre stand is more about technique
than brute strength -

The first few times have an assistant standing on the other side to help if needed.
Have the Side Stand down so you can lean the bike down onto that it needed :

Left hand on left handlebar, right hand on the hand hold ( hole ) under the seat,
Right foot onto the Centre stand pad and level the bike onto both of the centre stand feet,
Transfer weight onto the Centre Stand pad by standing onto it
at the same time as pulling up ( without straining ) with your right hand.

With Practice I could get the Trophy onto the stand without using the hand hold,
by just stepping onto the Centre stand pad.

Some Members have mentioned that having the Suspension set at different heights can have an effect
on how easy or difficult it is to accomplish, and others have deployed planks of wood on the floor
of their garage to raise the Trophy slightly - making it easier to get the Trophy onto the stand.

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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2015, 03:16:01 pm »
The key is the weight placed on the stand pad with the foot, and it does make some difference to have it on Normal instead of Comfort.  I haven't tried it on Sport yet, but that may make it even easier.  I have honestly never owned a motorcycle that I had to struggle to put on the stand, and that goes back to when I weighed 113 pounds soaking wet at 18 years old before the military bulked me up some in 28 days.  We won't talk about how much I've bulked myself up since then.  Lifting the bike to get it on the stand is the wrong approach.  Coconut seems to be correct every time he comments on something - take heed.  If I feel like I'm getting over the Yorkshire crud today or tomorrow and take the bike out I'll try it on the Sport setting and report back.  No offense to our Yorkshire friends, it's just what I call the sinus infections I deal with after every trip to England it seems.  I'm truly allergic to something, but PLEASE DON'T TELL ME IT'S PUBS!  :821:
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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2015, 03:57:59 pm »
+1  to using the not so obvious hand hold under the seat - definitely makes it easier.

Don't know if at just under 14 stone with my bike gear on I am lighter or heavier than Coconut but I just have to try and master his only stepping on the stand pad trick.   :156:
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Re: Center Stand help
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2015, 04:13:51 pm »
Mine came with Lust lowering links and it is tougher getting it on the CS fully loaded than other bikes.  With proper technique though, it isn't a back breaking exercise.

It is yet another reason why I ride mostly with the top case only, without the panniers.  I also just swapped out the heavy potato gun with a very lightweight slip-on exhaust, saving 10 lbs in the process.  Every bit helps.
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