I am having trouble putting my bike on its centerstand

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  • Have someone stationed where they can catch the bike if it begins to fall over
  • Put bike on sidestand
  • Stand to left of bike
  • Put left hand on left hand grip
  • Put right hand on handhold. Handhold is either the metal bar by the passenger peg/helmet lock (the most popular choice), or the grab bar. (Bend at the knees, not with your back!)
  • Push down on centrestand footpad until one of its "feet" touch down
  • Push the bike away from yourself until the the other centrestand "foot" touches down
  • Push down on the centrestand footpad with all your weight, and pull back and up (mostly back) with your right hand; it may help to lean your right knee into the side of the bike
  • The bike should pop right up

Demonstration Video

Getting bike off of centerstand

It's safer to take it off while on the bike. The Ninja isn't too bad, but there are many stories of folks with heavier bikes dropping them while lowering them from the centerstand while standing next to the bike. It's good to get into the habit of sitting on it and rocking it off, instead of standing next to it.


Centerstand spring hint

Should your centerstand spring need replacing, here's how to get it back in place, without trying to use a pair of pliers, having said pliers slip off, and having the spring sail through the wall of the garage, or your foot.

It involves using pennies (and you thought they weren't good for anything...) Basically, you bend the spring sideways to open the coils, then stick pennies between them to keep them open. Sometimes you have to bend the spring back and forth, adding more than 1 penny to each slot. It takes some time, and can be a little fiddly, but it's pretty easy to do. Then, when you use the centerstand the first time, it'll stretch the spring longer than you have before, and all the pennies will fall out.