Either I'm super weak, or this bike is HEAVY!

Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by headshrink, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. GatorGreg

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    Getting a bike up on the centre stand is easier if the bike is standing taller/rear wheel is closer to the ground when up on the stand. I found this with my ST1100, (and THAT is HEAVY) on a lower profile than stock rear tyre it was nearly impossible, with the correct (taller) rear tyre it is easier (but still not easy). Putting a shim over the rear shock mount on the VFR (or using a longer shock) would make it easier to get it up.
     
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    HEY WHAT THE HELL! Is there a list of "Classic Bubba Posts" Damnit. ;-)
     
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    Not a superpower, just an observation that it made no discernible difference. Perhaps having been putting bikes on center stands for 38 years helps.
     
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    Well, it certainly seemed like you were "observing" that my statement about the bike's suspension settings was wrong in some way or simply was completely without merit

    But did you notice post #22 in this thread? Definitely sounds like he's reiterating my point of view on the situation, maybe you should "observe" his post also.
     
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    Bit touchy, all I posted was MY experience with different suspension settings and putting the bike on the center stand. For MYSELF I noted no discernible difference.
     
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    You addressed me directly, by name, which seemed like an invitation to debate/discourse.
     
  8. GatorGreg

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    That's not a bad idea but I just searched for the word "center" by Bubba and it popped right up :D
     
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    Jeez, lighten up.
     
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    I knew you could!
    Now, lay some cardboard on the floor, lay it down and learn how to pick it up. Both sides!
    lol
     
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    headshrink New Member

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    Can anyone recommend a good surgeon for hernia repair?
     
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    I'm on my third VFR with center stand and a Pit Bull front and rear stands with no problem using any of the equipment or with stability. Practice makes perfect is all I can say. It doesn't take a weight lifter to get a VFR up.
     
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    I usually put my bike on a piece of 3/8 thick scrap MDF to prevent the stand from scratching my patio pavers. That reduces the leverage the stand has making it harder than if it was on flat ground.

    Plus I'm usually wearing aussie traditional footwear (thongs) and I've even done it barefoot.
    It's all in the technique.
     
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    Haha...Nice! ;)

    To the OP, sometimes I reckon we can "overthink" these things, and make them harder than they need to be.

    I tend to just grab the thing, enure the bars are straight, left hand on left bar, right hand on rear grab rail. "Set" stand on floor (making sure the bike is completely upright/both sides of the stand are on the ground), and push down on the stand. The bike will go on to it.

    I've done this in all kinds of footwear, including with just the one (right) foot halfway into an old sneaker.

    No more (or less) difficult than the Blackbird I used to have. Maybe easier (for comparison's sake) than an FJ1100 I had many years back...?
     
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    Hardest bike I ever remember was a RD400 Yamaha, and easiest was an '89 GoldWing.
     
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    I have a pit bull stand that I have tried the handle both way's and pointing it towards the front is easier and seem's to be more stable . I put a small wheel chalk at the front wheel for even more stability .
     
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    The secret is to look to the rear of the bike
    while lifting with the right hand , pushing down on the stand with with the right foot and making sure that the front
    wheel is pointed straight ahead .It is not strength, but technique.
     
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    "I was able to get it up, but just barely, and almost pulled a muscle."

    Been there too, unfortunately . . .
     
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    #bluepilljokes
     
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    I could always get it on the center stand, but I never felt it was what I'd call "easy".
     
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