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HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre / Center Stand !
« on: August 13, 2017, 04:25:49 PM »
Original Post EDITED to incorporate a number of suggestions from other Members,
for a slightly better and safer technique -shown in the Video :

A number of Members have said they have difficulty lifting their Trophy
up onto the Centre Stand, which is not surprising as you are trying to lift a 300 Kg weight !

The answer lies in the technique used, together with the leverage of the Centre Stand design.

Here's a few pointers to demonstrate what works well for me !

  • Wear sturdy soled shoes or boots !
  • Wherever possible have the Trophy parked on firm, flat, even ground
  • The gearbox should be in Neutral ( Thanks 1675 for the reminder ! )
  • Until you are confident with the procedure, have an assistant standing
    on the other side of the bike, in case it should fall away from you !
  • Leave the Side Stand DOWN throughout - you can then easily pull the bike towards you
    and rest it back onto the Side Stand if you need to  :169:
  • Note that there is a "Hand Hold" built into the side of the motorcycle !


  • With the Trophy on it's Side Stand, take up a position facing the side of the bike
    and slightly towards the front, as shown :


  • Hold the left handlebar with your left hand, and the Pillion grab rail with your right hand


  • Keeping a good grip of the Handlebar and Grab Rail,
    put your right foot on the Foot Plate of the Centre Stand
    and push it down to the ground.
  • Push the Trophy away from you until it is vertical.
    Be prepared to pull the Trophy back towards you and onto the Side Stand
    if you feel it getting away from you !
  • Practice a few times until you are confident that you can raise the Trophy
    from the Side Stand to the Vertical position.
  • With your right foot still on the Foot Plate of the Centre Stand,
    carefully rock the Trophy from side to side towards and away from you,
    "feeling" for when both feet of the Centre Stand are in contact with the ground.
  • With both feet of the Centre Stand in contact with the ground,
    keep your foot on the Centre Stand Foot Plate, and now transfer your right hand grip
    from the Pillion Grab Rail to the Hand Hold in the side of the motorcycle.
  • Keeping your right arm straight, and your back as straight as possible to reduce strain,
    Push down firmly with your right foot onto the Centre Stand Foot Plate,
    and at the same time pull up with your right arm -
    the Trophy will rise up and onto the Centre Stand !
  • BE PREPARED however, that if you haven't exerted enough force,
    the Trophy may NOT end up on the Centre Stand, and will start to come back down again !
  • Remain in control - you should still have your foot on the Centre Stand Foot Plate,
    and a good grip of the Handlebar and Hand Hold.  If needed you can always
    return the Trophy to the Side Stand for safety and start again !
  • With a little practice you should find it relatively easy !


Now it's UP - How do you get it Down ! ?

This is easier - You have Gravity on your side !

What works for me is to take up more or less the same stance
as when putting the Trophy up onto the Centre Stand, holding the left  Handlebar and Pillion Grab Rail.

WITH THE SIDE STAND DOWN :
Rock the Trophy by pushing the back end down onto the back wheel,
then rocking and pulling forwards onto the front wheel -
the momentum pushes the Trophy forwards off the centre Stand -
you just need to be ready to "catch" it, not let it run away from you,
and ease it down onto the Side Stand !

If the Trophy is on the Centre Stand on a smooth / slippery surface,
when you try and rock the Trophy off the Centre Stand, it may slip / skid across the ground,
in which case placing your right foot ( wearing those sturdy shoes or boots ! )
up against the forward edge of the Centre Stand, can help prevent it from moving.

Cheers  :821:

« Last Edit: January 19, 2018, 07:18:20 PM by Coconut »
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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 05:01:28 PM »
I would add that the bike should be in neutral as it allows the rear wheel to turn when the bike is on the cusp of being raised onto the centre stand but still needs to go backwards with the rear tyre touching the ground.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 05:04:48 PM by 1675 »

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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 05:03:47 PM »
Good Point - Thanks - I'll add that  !   :028:

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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 06:24:25 PM »
Good write up, I was a bit anxious the first few times I lifted the Trophy onto the stand. Now that I have done it a few times its no bother. I use the passenger handle instead of the hand hold, I feel it lets me keep my back straighter so less stress. I would say also it's about 90% foot power, try and push the pedal rather than lift the bike.... I'm only a lightweight 12 stone and I can pop it up quite easily.

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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 08:15:16 PM »
*Originally Posted by GavJ [+]
I use the passenger handle instead of the hand hold, I feel it lets me keep my back straighter so less stress. I would say also it's about 90% foot power, try and push the pedal rather than lift the bike.

Totally agree with all that. :002:

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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 10:11:55 PM »
Great post. Thanks to all. Is it worth mentioning and clarifying the Trophys that were subject to the dodgy/weak centre stands ? Just so no-one tries using the centre stand with expensive results. Mine is a 2015 and is ok............as far as I know ???

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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2017, 12:52:31 AM »
As a little extra for those that still suffer a problem with Coconut's method. Cut a piece of ply wood,  [laminated wood] about five ply and place behind the back wheel. Size only has to be about 6"x 10". Push the bike back onto the ply, raising the rear wheel a bit higher of the ground, then go through Coconut's method. The effort required is less as the bike is higher and the centre stand doesn't have to travel down as far. Just a suggestion. :028:
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Re: HOW TO: Put the Trophy onto the Centre Stand !
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 09:52:26 AM »
I would add that it is safer to push the centre stand down with your foot before attempting to raise the bike into a vertical position. It will then be virtually impossible to push the bike over too far away from you, as it will stop once it is upright.
Also make sure that you have enough clearance behind the bike, as it moves back by at least a foot when on the stand (just in case you have closed the door behind the bike before raising it onto the centre stand - like I did :430:) Finally, my 2017 model is somehow much easier to get onto the stand than my previous 2013 model (which had the recall modification). I no longer need the block of wood.....
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