Originally Posted by Harry Swan
I'm not thrilled with the BMW centerstand. I'll agree with the majority that the centerstand functions well when deployed but I'm not happy about getting it there! My problems start when I try to get a boot on the damn thing to push it down into contact with the ground. Mine neatly folds up behind the sidestand but the contact or 'foot' of is hidden behind the passenger foot peg. This makes for (for me) a tough flamingo like balancing act while trying to grab the centerstand. Imagine what it'll be like when the bike is fully loaded (Jesse bags on order) for traveling? Here's what I see right off the bike ...
So tell me, how do you get a foot on your centerstand?
I put the sidestand down while still on the bike.
lean it over, get off, then put it on the center with the side still down.
With the sidestand out of the way, it's easier to get your toe in there to get at the center.
I leave it leaning on the sidestand until I get the center down a bit, then make sure I have a good hold with my foot, then tip it up to center, plant the foot and lift.
I find it actually much easier than my 650.