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PostSubject: Dropped the Swing   Wed 25 Jun 2014, 19:33

I parked the bike on the centrestand on a busy city street. I was a bit concerned about the slight slope on my right, my sidestand was almost upright. But the centrestand was firmly planted and I went about my business.
It took a bit of muscle to get it off again, and as soon as it came off it was moving away from me: not a darn thing I could do about it. Sustained some crushing on the corner of the front fairing and a few scratches. Got some help from a strapping young fellow who happened to be walking by. No mechanical harm done, started right up and rode like a champ. The rattle in the front is slightly louder and I will check for internal broken tabs when I have other reasons to remove the fairing. I went on a 250 mile ride yesterday, no concerns.
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Wed 25 Jun 2014, 19:54

I would never take my scooter off the centerstand unless I'm straddling it or sitting on the scooter.
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Wed 25 Jun 2014, 19:59

Sorry to hear of that problem cotetoi.  When she starts to go it can be overpowering.  Do you sit on the Swing and rock it forward off the stand? Or stand and push it off with your foot against the center stand?
I gave up the second method as I have had some close calls that way.  With the rocking off the stand I am in better position to steady right away with feet and brake levers.
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Thu 26 Jun 2014, 14:08

Sorry to hear that. Lessons learned...
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Thu 26 Jun 2014, 14:34

With model 28a on this,always sat on the bike when taking off centre stand. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Thu 26 Jun 2014, 21:53

I have never taken it off the centrestand sitting on it or straddling it. I have to try this method and get comfortable doing it because it makes sense that you'd have better control with both feet planted solid.
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Thu 26 Jun 2014, 22:17

cotetoi wrote:
I have never taken it off the centrestand sitting on it or straddling it. I have to try this method and get comfortable doing it because it makes sense that you'd have better control with both feet planted solid.

I would never think of pushing my bike off the centre stand if I was not straddling the seat with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Doing otherwise would invite disaster.
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Thu 26 Jun 2014, 23:46

I straddle my Swing then push on the bars to roll it off the center stand. As it begins to go, I grab the front brake while keeping the forks straight. This gets to be a bigger chore if parked on a slope, so I avoid that whenever possible.
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PostSubject: Re: Dropped the Swing   Thu 26 Jun 2014, 23:49

cotetoi wrote:
I have never taken it off the centrestand sitting on it or straddling it. I have to try this method and get comfortable doing it because it makes sense that you'd have better control with both feet planted solid.

I also apply both hand brakes as soon as I hear the center stand retracting against to bottom of my bike. That way it will stop the forward momentum when the bike hits the ground.
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