When we are talking about the bike stand, we are basically talking about two major types of stands – and each motorbike has these kinds of stands. The use of the stands is to support the motorcycle so it will remain upright when parked. The center stand will provide a complete upright position while the side stand will make your bike lean a bit to the left (that’s where the side stand is usually located). It would be great if you can learn about these types of stands and also get an insight about the detailed function.
The Side Stand
The motorbike’s side stand is the most often used type because it is easier (and also faster) to use when compared to the center type. The side stand will make the motorcycle lean on the side. The stand needs to be solid and strong enough to support the bike’s weight. In most cases, the stand would be solid and strong enough unless you have experienced a crash or any incident that will cause the stand to bend. Once it is bent, it won’t be strong enough to hold the bike’s weight so you need to be extra careful about it.
Sometimes, though, the users will be sloppy enough when using the stand. They may use it before checking its right position and then simply leave the motorcycle. It can lead to the bike falling on the side. To prevent such a thing, you want to make sure that the ground is solid and firm enough. The surface of the ground should be free from any debris so the stand can function well. Also, you want to make sure that you have left the bike in the proper position before leaving it just like that. When you use the side stand, you want to check the position – it should be right in a sense that it shouldn’t be leaning too far or it isn’t too straight. It should lean a little with a firm position.
There are different ways to use the side bike stand from different positions. After you dismount from the bike and while on the standing position, you want to make sure that the bike is upright. Push the side stand down with the foot and then gently lower down the bike. Once the weight is fully supported by the stand, you can let it go. Some people prefer pushing down the stand while still sitting on the bike. Just make sure that your bike is upright and then push it down with your left leg. Then slowly lean your body (along with the bike) on the left side and make sure that the stand completely supports the weight. Dismount from the bike and don’t let go of the bike until you are sure that it is solid enough.
The Center Stand
Another option to support the bike is with the center bike stand. Not many people like this stand because it is more difficult – and it takes more time to use. When you use this type of stand, you will have to ‘lift’ the motorbike a little because the center stand requires a bit of a pull. If you don’t have enough strength, this will be a challenging task. Not everyone can do this, and not everyone has the ability to pull and lift the bike.
So, how do you use the center stand? In most cases, you need to dismount from the bike first – after all, you are going to pull it and you won’t be able to do so while you are still sitting on it. By using the left hand, hold on to the left handlebar. You can choose using whatever foot you like to push the stand down. Your right hand should be holding on to the back frame of the bike (which is close to the seat or saddle area). While you are standing down on the bike stand, you should firmly stand on it and also pull the bike in the backward position – you should do it while performing an upward position.
If you want to remove the bike from the stand, place the left hand on the left handlebar and the right hand on the rear frame. Make sure that the bike is firm and upright, and then rock it so you can push it forward. The center stand would automatically retract on its own. Press the front brake so you can mount the bike. Or if you want to be safer, once the center stand is retracted, use the side stand. With the side stand still on, you can mount the bike and then remove the stand once you are sitting on the bike on a sure and firm position.
The decision to choose which stand to use is totally up to you. Just make sure that you know how to use the bike stand correctly to avoid mistakes.