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I am not small but I am not big either, is there an easy way to ge and 800 lbs wing on the center stand? Somebody help me before I drop her.

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Well I grab the handlebar with my left hand and the rear seat rail with my right hand. I then take my left foot and push the centerstand down and then gently push the bike up until the other "foot' of the centerstand is touching.
I then straighten my left leg while pullin back and it goes right on up.
Trick is to do it all in one fluid motion. For me it is!

I'm just 5'8" and weigh a shade under 170 and can get mine up at my old age.
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I have been known to run the rear wheel up on a 1x6.... that extra 3/4 inch sure helps.... also make sure your rear shocks aren't sagging
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I've found that facing backwards helps me. Its easy after the first time. Like when you realized how to ride that bike. After you do it once...

Its a combination of pushing down with your foot, and lifting the bike at the same time.


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The trick I was taught was to get it as straight up as you can then just stepping on the center stand will get a rise out of it, have someone help by standing on the other side of the bike the first couple of times to play catcher if needed.

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and I find, sometimes it goes up real easy and other times not.... maybe just how tired I am, who knows
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Hi Ritchie

This is all about technique.
As previously posted left hand on handlebar,right hand on seat grab handle.
Place your right foot on to the centre stand and push down till it touches the ground,then while keeping pressure on the centre stand ease the bike of the side stand until it is upright.At this point you will feel the other foot of the centre stand touch the ground.
This is the part where the technique comes into play as you need to carry out the following in one "fluid" action.
You should now have the bike upright,left hand still on bar,right hand on seat grab handle and right foot applying pressure to the centre stand and both feet of the stand touching the ground,if you transfer all your weight onto your right leg,at the same time straighten your leg and push down your foot while rolling the bike backwards.
In essence you are rolling the bike back up onto the centre-stand and not lifting it.
I would suggest that if you are not confident doing this to get a helper to stand at the other side of the bike just in case.
This really is a lot easier than it sounds,in fact it's the same method you would use for any bike and once you get the hang of it, it's a doddle.
If you look in the FAQ section there is a post titled Excellent safety videos for GL1800 owners,listed is a video on how to put on the centre stand

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As stated above. One way to think the lift procedure is pulling up with your right hand and pressing down with your right foot..... as if you are stretching an innertube between your hand and foot.
One time a fellow could not figure it out, only to find he was not standing to the left of the motorcycle, but sitting on it and trying to get it up on the center stand!!!! This works with the BMW-LT with it's electric stand, but not for the rest of us!
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straight up and down is definately the key. And I spent a couple years pushing until I learned on this site to grab in front of the saddlebag with my right hand. One motion seemed to make all the difference. Like eveyrthing else, a little practice makes the difference.
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easiest way is to let someone do it for you
I like to stand behind the bike and with my left leg under the bag holding the center stand pedal I pull the trunk towards me

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