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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!

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When I crossed on a ferry I had it in gear, on the side stand, air shocks all the way up,and I was standing next to it holding the front brake. ...... Did the ferry thing twice .....

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No brainer, side stand all the way.

Either way, you have 3 points of contact with the ground. On the side stand, the 3 points are far apart. On the center stand, 2 of the point are only a foot apart.

What's more sturdy, a 3 legged stool with the 3 legs equally placed around the outside, or a stool with two of the 3 legs a few inches apart, and the 3rd leg on the opposite side?

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Hello. I have to agree with Sam.

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If the ferry hasTie down rings available a strap across the seat while on the side stand and she should be fine. If they don't have rings, you might ask the operator to put some in or you might find a post to strap the front tire to to be sue it won't roll about if things get bumpy.

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CBW;

I live on Vancouver Island, and the only way to get anywhere else is by ferry. I usually use B.C. Ferries, but there are others.

What almost all bikers do is to use the side stand, and shove one of those laminated wooden wheel chocks that they use to keep cars and trucks from rolling away, under the lowest point on the high side of the bike to keep it from going over on the high side. On the wing it will be the frame tube. You might have to stack two of them. On the B.C.Ferries they have special extra tall ones made just for the bikers. Remember that the ferry may lurch from side to side while docking, or if the seas get nasty, and it may stop suddenly when they hit thedock a little too agressively, but it will never accelerate quickly. Try to park your bike at an angle to the boat, or better yet at right angles with the high side towards what will be theback when they dock. Turn the front wheel all the way to the left so that if it rolls forward it will pivot around the side stand, not off of it.

As far as the center stand goes, I think you will find it nearly impossible to get the bike off the stand on the steel decking, especially if it is wet.

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I've seen a few motorcycle couriers use the hgv tie down straps that have hooks on each end. I suspect they were "Won" from the road side. They hook onto a solid object either side of the saddle and ratchet it down on the side stand. Then again Couriers have little respect for their body panels. Even saw one joker use a car as an anchor point. Now thats taking the P***s.

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well both stands are pretty stable. but i would use side stand on gear. also using a velcro strap i would secure the front brake lever applied so it wouldn't roll forward
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side stand is the best way, and leave it in gear, turn your alarm off if you have one, cover the seat incase he throws his strap over it

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Side stand is designed to be more stable as long as the wheel is turned all the way to the left and locked. The Center stand is not as secure for side to side motions

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