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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 28-Apr-2017, 08:55 AM (580) Thread Starter
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these things. I don't know what the formal name for them are so I am calling them Figure 8 tie downs. You may have them around if you secure your bike on a ferry or a trailer.

Anyhow, for many people getting the GS onto its centerstand is a challenge---even when all the proper ergos and techniques are utilized. And the grab sites at the rear of the bike require a gloved hand to protect from injury from relatively sharp edges. ( I know there are those who have NO problem because they are favored by the gods with strength or technique or whatever, that's not me)

So, by looping these things on the subframe near the passenger peg better ergos as well as a soft-hand friendly- lift point can be achieved. I've used it a couple of times for flats or service on the road, and whenever I want to go on the centerstand at home. It makes it a lot easier to do and easier on my hands. Wanted to share.
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Where can I get them?
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Maybe this will help.

It's not size/strength, it's technique!

1) place bike on side stand
2) rock bike up until both feet of center stand touch
3) put right hand on passenger hand hold
4) put left hand on handle bar
5) put right foot on center stand
6) stand, putting ALL weight on right foot
7) while standing and at same time, pull up with right hand
8) left hand only serves to steady/balance the bike.

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Those are commonly called handlebar straps or loop straps they come in various lengths.
You can Google them or look on Ebay they are inexpensive unless you get name brands like "Canyon Dancers", I use them to tie my bike down to my Kendon.

You can see the red straps in the photo, much better than just attaching the strap or hook from the ratchet tie-downs.
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I think I saw them at Motorcycle Superstore and amazon---Yes, what JetSpeed says.

https://www.amazon.com/Cartman-Tie-D...cycle+tie+down

BikeMaster Tie-Down Extension - Motorcycle Superstore

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...and_answer_tab

Technique, schmecknique! You need strength and height. Yeah, that is the way I do it, that is "the technique," but I am not tall enough to hold the passenger handhold, so have to grab lower. Even with the strap, I still follow the procedure you describe, oh, and when you lift, lift rearward--that helps too, but I just need the strap and it makes a huge difference. It changes the physics of it. The one I use is just under 18", but the length is not that critical.
My 2 prev roadsters were a piece of cake compared to the GS. I have low suspension, but don't know if that makes a difference.
There are many people who never go onto the centerstand, cuz they just can't do it
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Soft Straps

I knew them as soft straps years ago. I always carry a coupe in the bike.
Soft Loop Straps at Amazon
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Those are commonly called handlebar straps or loop straps they come in various lengths.
You can Google them or look on Ebay they are inexpensive unless you get name brands like "Canyon Dancers", I use them to tie my bike down to my Kendon.

You can see the red straps in the photo, much better than just attaching the strap or hook from the ratchet tie-downs.
I used them last year to trailer bike half way across the country. I was a little leery of using the forks as a tie down point, so instead used the engine crash bars. Worked great. As for the back, the first day I had the ratchet straps around where the foot pegs are but the inside of the "scaffolding" was pretty sharp and ended up cutting through with any movement. I learned it was better to use the hand bars around the back seat and cinch them down so there is no movement whatsoever on the bike!

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Maybe this will help.

It's not size/strength, it's technique!

1) place bike on side stand
2) rock bike up until both feet of center stand touch
3) put right hand on passenger hand hold
4) put left hand on handle bar
5) put right foot on center stand
6) stand, putting ALL weight on right foot
7) while standing and at same time, pull up with right hand
8) left hand only serves to steady/balance the bike.
I'm old and not very strong any more. And this is how I have to get my GS on the center
stand. But I get using a strap to help with getting it up onto the stand.
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I used them last year to trailer bike half way across the country. I was a little leery of using the forks as a tie down point, so instead used the engine crash bars. Worked great. As for the back, the first day I had the ratchet straps around where the foot pegs are but the inside of the "scaffolding" was pretty sharp and ended up cutting through with any movement. I learned it was better to use the hand bars around the back seat and cinch them down so there is no movement whatsoever on the bike!
If you look closely I actually have the strap around the lower fork cross brace, it is very strong and I now use a soft strap cover so it doesn't harm the finish, I broke the mount on the crappy BMW lower crash bars and had it welded so I don't have much faith in their strength.
I've trailered this bike and others tens of thousands of miles tied down just like this and not one problem.

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Maybe this will help.

It's not size/strength, it's technique!

1) place bike on side stand
2) rock bike up until both feet of center stand touch
3) put right hand on passenger hand hold
4) put left hand on handle bar
5) put right foot on center stand
6) stand, putting ALL weight on right foot
7) while standing and at same time, pull up with right hand
8) left hand only serves to steady/balance the bike.
It helps to be in neutral or pullin the clutch to start it rolling back.
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