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Old 01-20-2015, 07:35 AM   #1
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Center stand "always"?

Re: my new 2008 GS vs/ my '93 Aihead

So, I must say it's a a little odd parking the new bike and not having to immediately reach down and close the fuel petcocks. But, what about using the sidestand for an extended parking period while at work? With the Airheads, it is common practice to use the center stand. Otherwise you may get a harder start up and then a puff of blue smoke as the oil that seeped into the left head is burned off.

What's the S.O.P. for parking the newer boxers?
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:51 AM   #2
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Re: my new 2008 GS vs/ my '93 Aihead

So, I must say it's a a little odd parking the new bike and not having to immediately reach down and close the fuel petcocks. But, what about using the sidestand for an extended parking period while at work? With the Airheads, it is common practice to use the center stand. Otherwise you may get a harder start up and then a puff of blue smoke as the oil that seeped into the left head is burned off.

What's the S.O.P. for parking the newer boxers?
When I know the bike will sit for more than an hour or two I use the center stand. Besides I think it looks bad @ss on the center stand. Extra style points if it has mud on it I also like pissing off my friends with Harleys, because they don't have center stands and need to buy bike lifts to do anything on their bikes.

I've been trying to practice taking the bike off the center stand while standing next to it vs sitting on it and pushing it forward. Again ... mainly because I think it looks cool.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:24 AM   #3
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I have owned a R1100R, 1150GS, 2 1200gs, and now 1200 GSW and never use center stand unless I need it for maint or cleaning. I assume you are referring to oil settling somewhere it shouldn't and getting a little white smoke at startup? I don't know really what that is all about, some seem to have had issues and center stand parking helps. I've not experienced that myself.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:47 AM   #4
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I have owned a R1100R, 1150GS, 2 1200gs, and now 1200 GSW and never use center stand unless I need it for maint or cleaning. I assume you are referring to oil settling somewhere it shouldn't and getting a little white smoke at startup? I don't know really what that is all about, some seem to have had issues and center stand parking helps. I've not experienced that myself.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:37 AM   #5
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I use the center-stand 99% of the time, the bike is more stable on it in most cases.
I've mastered the technique and also possess tremendous upper body strength.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:41 AM   #6
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If you have an aftermarket suspension that was lower, the center stand is a PIA to use.

Our 07 GS is like that and Mrs could almost never get her bike on the center stand. Ted Porter is currently rebuilding the Ohlins shocks and removing the lowering blocks. That should fix the issue
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:45 AM   #7
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You were doing it wrong with your Airhead.

The centerstand is to be used ONLY for maintenance, including fueling. Any BMW, any time.

The bike is significantly more stable on the sidestand (and in 1st gear/park) than it can possibly ever be on the centerstand. You're asking for a tipover leaving your bike on the centerstand in public.

Starting problems caused by leaving bike on sidestand are mythology. (I ran an Airhead for 30 years)

I keep mine on their centerstands in my garage ... but then it's safe and there's always maintenance to do, if not just tire pressure checking.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:53 AM   #8
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I use the CS for maintenance and spinning my moto in the garage. But I NEVER use it for normal parking. There is no point to it IMHO.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:09 AM   #9
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The bike is significantly more stable on the sidestand
Bears repeating. The poster who said otherwise is wrong.

Side stand: two big support points (one of them locked, if in gear) + a small one.

Center stand: one big support point (always unlocked) + two puny ones.



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When parking in a stable surface in a safe environment (secluded spot of a parking garage, etc), I use both indiscriminately. Depends on my mood that particular day, since the GS doesn't care either way...

Questionable surface and/or suspect environment? Side stand always.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #11
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All this "must" and "don't" is all very good when offering your opinion on how to properly park your boxer. But I think the bigger issue here is just what exactly do you use to lubricate the pivot points of the side stand and center stand. Also, do you use the same lubricant for both.

BTW, I have no upper body strength. I use magical technique and a larger than normal backside to leverage the bike onto the center stand.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:19 PM   #12
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I use magical technique
My "magical technique" is "stand up on the center stand's lever". No force required whatsoever; stomp on the lever and the bike goes right up.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:52 PM   #13
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Only to work on it or pack other bikes next to it in the garage. Otherwise, side stand. Never seen a single puff of smoke at start up.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:57 PM   #14
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But I think the bigger issue here is just what exactly do you use to lubricate the pivot points of the side stand and center stand. Also, do you use the same lubricant for both.
Same thing I use on everything that will be exposed to dust, dirt and mud.

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Old 01-20-2015, 02:32 PM   #15
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I use the center-stand 99% of the time, the bike is more stable on it in most cases.
I've mastered the technique and also possess tremendous upper body strength.

+1 , minus the upper body strength.
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