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I've used the center stand several times and I find it very high when mounted to get it off the center stand. Is there a method that you use or is it best to get it off the center stand while on the ground. I always have the feeling like I'm going to loose it getting it off the center stand while mounted. Just curious as to what other riders do.
 

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So I do it totally bass ackwards....

When I park the bike, I put the side stand down, then holding the front brake I dismount the bike stepping on the left footpeg then off the bike. I then hold the bike even and put the centerstand down with the sidestand still down and leave it that way.

When I'm ready to go, I grab the left handlebar and the rear seat grabrail and rock the bike forward off the centerstand. I then set it down on the already extended sidestand. Then using the left footpeg I step up and with my right hand engaging the front brake and mount. I then put the sidestand up and and I'm off.

My inseam is about 30 inches. For me, this works and I'm use to it. YMMV.
 

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... I grab the left handlebar and the rear seat grabrail and rock the bike forward off the centerstand. I then set it down on the already extended sidestand. Then using the left footpeg I step up and with my right hand engaging the front brake and mount. I then put the sidestand up and and I'm off.

My inseam is about 30 inches. For me, this works and I'm use to it. YMMV.
That works till the first time that sidestand comes down on top of your foot or the sidestand folds up from the forward motion.

I simply mount the bike, shift my weight back, then lunge forward enough that the centerstand retracts.
 

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That works till the first time that sidestand comes down on top of your foot or the sidestand folds up from the forward motion.

I simply mount the bike, shift my weight back, then lunge forward enough that the centerstand retracts.
Yep happened to me. Side stand came down on my foot. Reflexes lifted my foot and pulled back pushing the bike the other direction. No idea how I was able to hold it from falling over the other direction. Now I just sit on the bike to do it.
 

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So I do it totally bass ackwards....

When I park the bike, I put the side stand down, then holding the front brake I dismount the bike stepping on the left footpeg then off the bike. I then hold the bike even and put the centerstand down with the sidestand still down and leave it that way.

When I'm ready to go, I grab the left handlebar and the rear seat grabrail and rock the bike forward off the centerstand. I then set it down on the already extended sidestand. Then using the left footpeg I step up and with my right hand engaging the front brake and mount. I then put the sidestand up and and I'm off.

My inseam is about 30 inches. For me, this works and I'm use to it. YMMV.
Likewise but keep it in first gear so that it doesn't roll forward when it swings off the centre stand
 

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At BMW Rider Training in South Carolina, they taught us to stand on the left side of the bike, hands on both ends of the handlebars, right hand squeezing the front brake, and your right knee pressing into the rear of the left hand cylinder. Push the handlebar forward and simultaneously press the left cylinder forward with your knee and the bike will move forward off of the center stand and stop due to the front brake. You could also leave it in gear with the same effect. You can have the side stand down already if you wish and then just rest it on the side stand while you mount.
 

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At BMW Rider Training in South Carolina, they taught us to stand on the left side of the bike, hands on both ends of the handlebars, right hand squeezing the front brake, and your right knee pressing into the rear of the left hand cylinder. Push the handlebar forward and simultaneously press the left cylinder forward with your knee and the bike will move forward off of the center stand and stop due to the front brake. You could also leave it in gear with the same effect. You can have the side stand down already if you wish and then just rest it on the side stand while you mount.
Hmm. I might have to try that but how to you save it if it starts to fall towards to the other side? That's why I stand with my right hand on the passenger rail and my left on the handlebar. If it leans slightly to the right when it bounces off the stand I can save it. I don't get the sit on and rock it off program but maybe that's because I'm on the short side.
 

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I have found one scenario where I can NOT manage to get my GSA off it's center stand. I've had other bikes with center stands; Super Tenere, Tiger XCx, Africa Twin, and no issues;

In my garage, the floor is that smooth concrete. I can easily get it on the center stand BUT when I try to get it off the stand the whole bike just moves forward. It's like the floor is too smooth to keep the center stand in place. I've tried many times and it just keeps sliding forward till I'm up against the wall. I've even tried getting on the bike and rocking it to no avail.... I've finally would up just pulling it by the rear rack and sliding it till the center stand sits in that small gap between my garage and driveway slabs and it comes off easily.

Everywhere else it's not an issue...
 

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Hmm. I might have to try that but how to you save it if it starts to fall towards to the other side? That's why I stand with my right hand on the passenger rail and my left on the handlebar. If it leans slightly to the right when it bounces off the stand I can save it. I don't get the sit on and rock it off program but maybe that's because I'm on the short side.
I take mine off the center stand standing beside the bike and doing it as described by the BMW Performance School in SC. Before they have you do that, they have you take the bike off the stands and walk 360 degrees around the bike holding it with just a few fingers. It's their bike :) so it's not hard to do if you just keep looking out level and not down. You get a really good sense of how to hold and balance your bike when you stand beside it. If you take it off the center stand this way, just remember to tell yourself "Look up" before you do it. Your sense of balance is much improved if you're not looking down at the bike or the floor.
 

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At BMW Rider Training in South Carolina, they taught us to stand on the left side of the bike, hands on both ends of the handlebars, right hand squeezing the front brake, and your right knee pressing into the rear of the left hand cylinder. Push the handlebar forward and simultaneously press the left cylinder forward with your knee and the bike will move forward off of the center stand and stop due to the front brake. You could also leave it in gear with the same effect. You can have the side stand down already if you wish and then just rest it on the side stand while you mount.
Official Training on getting your bike off the stand?! Wow, BMW really does think of everything... :smile2:
 

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Official Training on getting your bike off the stand?! Wow, BMW really does think of everything... :smile2:
They start their training there with about 20 minutes of balancing drills. What's surprising is that no one in my class dropped a bike walking around it holding it up with just a few fingers on it. There was a method to their approach in teaching how to handle a big bike in gnarly terrain.
 

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This my way getting the Beemer off its stand.. :grin2:
I stand next to the bike grab both the handlebars, and give it a quick firm push forward.
Then just at the moment the bike lands on its two wheels I sqweez the frontbrake, to stop the bike from
rolling forward.

I allways make sure that the sidestand is also out (you never know).
After one time scratching my leg you know where to place your leg..lolllll

When I am on a 'slippery' ground so to speak, and the bike slides forward on its stand, I just block it
with my feet. By the way I am just 175 cm 'tall' and my weight is 74 kg, so I am not a Swazzernegger..:laugh2:
 

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I use the left hand on left handle bar and right hand on rear frame with side stand down approach. With a fully loaded bike as the bike comes off its center stand it will compress the suspension possibly hitting the side stand first forcing the bike to its right side..that’s why I have my right hand on the rear frame preventing the bike from falling to its right.. This is experience from many miles with a ‘fully loaded’ GS/A..something the BMW training center doesn’t teach...
 

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I have found one scenario where I can NOT manage to get my GSA off it's center stand. I've had other bikes with center stands; Super Tenere, Tiger XCx, Africa Twin, and no issues;

In my garage, the floor is that smooth concrete. I can easily get it on the center stand BUT when I try to get it off the stand the whole bike just moves forward. It's like the floor is too smooth to keep the center stand in place. I've tried many times and it just keeps sliding forward till I'm up against the wall. I've even tried getting on the bike and rocking it to no avail.... I've finally would up just pulling it by the rear rack and sliding it till the center stand sits in that small gap between my garage and driveway slabs and it comes off easily.

Everywhere else it's not an issue...
I have the same garage floor! My solution was a thin door mat with rubber on the bottom.
 

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I push my GS off the center-stand mount it and go.
I got out of the habit of riding off the center-stand when I had a 2005 GS that would break the center-stand pivot bolts.
What was the symptoms? I have something going on, but I've not dug into it yet.

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Thanks. I think my issue is just that I increased the hydraulic preload on my rear shock, and now both wheels are on the ground on the centerstand. But I think it's all working fine.

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