Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: The beach on a little island. Really.
Center Stand... help!
Iíve had my GTL for a few weeks and am loving it. Iíve previously owned a K1200LT and loved it as well. Right or wrong, Iíd put the K1200 on the center stand and almost always sat on the bike and rocked it off. Again, right or wrong.
When I bought the GTL, the dealer went to great pains to show me the features of the bike, including how to put it on the center stand. That last part I knew, of course. He even showed me how to get it off the center stand, although I confess I wasnít paying too much attention at that point - I wanted to go ride.
So... Iíve been using the side stand exclusively. In my garage, when Iím parking, etc. Not because I was intimidated in putting it on the center stand - thatís pretty easy for me. Imagine my surprise, though, when I came out of the place I was in today after having put her on the center stand (really for the first time). I climbed on and tried to rock it off. No way was that gonna happen. Dang, I thought, Iím gonna have to take it off the center stand by myself, never really having done it before. Hmmm. But what if I drop it? That would suck. So I went and found a helper. I left the side stand down (good or bad thing?) and while I had a guy in the other side of the bike, I pretty much pulled it off the center stand.
Clearly I am gonna need more practice. Nothing went wrong today, but I still envision dropping it. Any hints/tips/best practices greatly appreciated.