Centerstand

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Scandinavian
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My Motorcycle: 1980 Honda CM400E

Centerstand

#1 Unread post by Scandinavian » Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:47 am

Hi everyone. I have ridden m/c for many years, but recently bought in 1980 Honda CM 400E. I cannot get it up onto the center stand. Any ideas why that is? I cannot even begin to “rock” it backward onto the stand. Thanks.

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Re: Centerstand

#2 Unread post by jstark47 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:54 pm

We have three street motorcycles here with center stands, and the smallest and lightest of them (wife's bike) is the worst to get up on the stand. That bike was factory lowered, but BMW didn't adjust the physics of the center stand to compensate, and it is just miserable to get on its stand. And I'm a big, reasonably strong guy.

All I can tell you is find something solid on the bike's frame, and pull up hard while pushing down hard on the center stand with your foot. If I coordinate the two motions right, I can usually get just about anything up on its stand. (I'm assuming there's nothing damaged or out of whack with your Honda's center stand.)
2003 Triumph Trophy 1200
2009 BMW F650GS (wife's)
2012 Triumph Tiger 800
2018 Yamaha XT250 (wife's)
2013 Kawasaki KLX250S

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Re: Centerstand

#3 Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:10 pm

716lbs. That's what the 1987 Yamaha Venture I flipped weighed. It had a center stand. Grab the left hand grip with your left hand, the left rear grab handle with your right, and proceed to stand all your weight on the stand while rolling the bike backward with your arms.

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