Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Port Orchard, Washington, USA
I have been riding for a long time on a lot of different bikes, however my new (to me) GL1200 isthe first bike I've had with a center stand.
Here's the big question, I didn't see anyone else posit this one, so here goes;
I commute on a ferryboat in Washington state. That being said, I need to figure out which is the most stable way for me to park my bike on the ferry. I have spent the last two commutes in gutwrenching anxiety over the idea of my new baby falling over.
I have researched the web and this site, and so far have only come accross a forum on FJR's which addresses this problem specifically, however there seems to be a 50/50 concensus on which is the most stable.
I figure that on the side stand with it in first gear, I have a better chance of it not rolling forward and thus falling, but I'm just not sure, since my wing doesn't seem to lean as far over as my other bikes did. On the other hand, it weighs so much, that I'm sure the stability is helped with the lower center of gravity. I just don't know...
Thanks for the input!
"And I to my motorcycle
Parked like the soul of the junkyard
Restored, a bicycle fleshed
With power, and tore off
Up Highway 106, continually
Drunk on the wind in my mouth,
Wringing the handlebar for speed,
Wild to be wreckage forever."