Its pretty easy if you remember to not try to LIFT the bike onto the center stand. Stand next to the bike and leaving the side stand down for safety, just press on the center stand to get both resting points on the ground. Then step on the center stand pedal, pushing straight DOWN. The bike will lift itself up onto the stand. I find it a bit unsteady to take it off the centerstand while seated on the bike, so I just rock the bike forward off this stand, rest it on the side stand, then mount the bike.