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I cannot get my Norge on the centerstand!!

Brian UK

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I modified mine by adding a larger foot on each leg. I cut the old foot off first, so may have shortened the stand by 1/8 inch, but no more.
It no longer sinks into soft ground. Did the same with the side stand.
 

scottmastrocinque

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Thats inaccurate, no matter mine wont. The stand is too freakin long. After i roll it on a piece of wood it will go up

Ok. I'll concede your viewpoint.

I would be remiss though if I didn't say that I cannot help but wonder how in the world a collection of short, squatty, Italian men (of which I am a proud member) who work at the factory, designed and built a motorcycle that they couldn't raise onto the center stand they designed, without a block of wood. It must have been maddening indeed.

I'm glad you found a solution that works for you. Well done.
 

oldgoose

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Well I'm just a youngster at 76, but I can do it.
How do you have the rear suspension set? If too soft then the rear of the bike will be lower, requiring more lift to get it on the stand.
Left hand on handlebar, right hand under frame at back, right foot standing on the stand peg.
But if you have much luggage weight it will be more difficult. When mine is fully loaded I don't usually try to get it on the centre stand.
 

oldgoose

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Hi to members;
After reading all of the articles on centerstand subject, I thought about what happened to me and sharing my experience. I could not install the bike on centerstand, something was wrong, I checked and there was a bushing and a bolt missing on RHS of stand, the parts are on the way. When everything get safe I will be using LOCTITE on the two bolts to make sure nothing happens
 

john zibell

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Hi to members;
After reading all of the articles on centerstand subject, I thought about what happened to me and sharing my experience. I could not install the bike on centerstand, something was wrong, I checked and there was a bushing and a bolt missing on RHS of stand, the parts are on the way. When everything get safe I will be using LOCTITE on the two bolts to make sure nothing happens


Not surprised. I had that happen early on with my 1100 Breva. I even put a post about it on the original forum.
 

Brett

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My 2 cents worth. I find both of our bikes hard to pull up. I really like what Bill said. My riding partner (can't call her pillion princess) is always helpful. I pull the bike of the side stand, push centre stand down with the right foot and slowly find centre/level across the feet of the stand. I then apply full weight down on the stand while balancing on left handle bar and left pillion handle. I then have to shift to pulling up with increasing force on the pillion handle until it rocks up onto the stand. My 11 year old son is also able to help, he will grab the right pillion handle and lift up. it doesn't take much additional force to make it easier. I have also found that hard sole footwear helps, I find a soft running shoe leaves my foot sore from the push, especially when the luggage is on. The more a persons mass is, the easier it should be to engage the centre stand as well.
 

07JGM

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i’ve watched people do all manner of techniques but they fail to utilize the fulcrum power of the stand correctly.

The center stand is like a impact driver. It is designed to take linear force and turn it into rotational force.

The technique lies in using your right foot, body weight, and inertial in pushing STRAIGHT DOWN on the center stand pawl while bracing your left hand in the handlebar and your right hand on the rear grip. You do not lift anything, you brace yourself with these two points, and focus your weight, energy, and intent STRAIGHT DOWN on that pawl. The design of the stand will cause the bike to rock backwards and right up onto the stand.

When you discover how this works, you can literally use 1 finger on the bar and 1 finger on the rear grab, just for stability, and it will pop right up onto the stand. I’ve demonstrated this many times to the bewilderment of viewers.

Let the lever of the center stand do it’s thing, Don’t fight it.

I need to make a video I think. Hmm....

Yesss, please make a video!
 

tris

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On my B11 I found that the passenger grab handle gave the wrong angle of dangle to get the bike on the CS without doing myself a mischief.

I used the pannier mount as a point of purchase closer to the centre of the bike.

It was still a fair old tug though
 

Stuart Whitehead

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My lad is 14 6"0 and he can pop mine onto the centre stand no problem and he has only watched me do it ,now my father who has been riding bikes for over 40 + years cannot that was one of the reasons he sold it to me as it was to heavy for him but that suits me to a tee

I must say unfortunately I find it all it the technique left hand on handlebars right on pillion hand rest and as I roll it back push down with my left foot and up it pops with or without panniers on

That my lad on the beast in photo.

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Dinsdale Piranha

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i have very limited space getting my bike out of garage, roll it to get rear wheel onto a plank and place a turntable under the stand, foot on stand and pull up with right hand, left on handlebars. my problem is getting the bike off the centre stand whilst seated on bike, need longer legs i think
To get the bike off the centre stand:
1. Get everything ready to go.
2. Climb aboard.
3. Start your engine and give it 10 seconds to settle.
4. Slip it into 1st gear.
5. Keep BOTH feet up on the pegs. Probably easier to stand on the pegs.
6. Very gently rock the bike backwards, then with moderate force rock it forward.
7. As it goes forward, off the stand, use your clutch as per normal and ride away.
8. Easy peasy!!

Been riding for 58 years now, and been doing that successfully for at least 50 of them. It works whether I'm fully loaded or not. With my trailer on or not. It's the only way for us short-arses. As the bike rocks forward off the stand it has enough momentum to keep you balanced while you feed in some clutch and ride away.

Everyone so far has the technique for getting it on the centre stand just fine. My other bike (Suzuki DR650) however has an aftermarket centre stand on it which is absolutely the worst deisgned centre stand in all motorcycling history. It does require a dead lift on the rear of the bike. It has no pawl/spiggot/lever to push down on. Terrible thing.
 
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