MP3 250 center stand difficulty
Post Reply    Forum -> MP3 Discussion
Author Message
Member
MP3
Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 21
Location: San Ramon CA
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:19 pm quote
My old age has caught up with me and I no longer have the strength to pull the bike up onto the center stand by myself. I have to have my wife push on the front. Are there any alternatives to this? Any other way to get it on the center stand?

I tried not to get old but that didn't work.
Hooked
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
Joined: 29 Jun 2016
Posts: 480
Location: Toronto
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:43 pm quote
You mention pulling the bike up, but I find there is very little "pulling" getting a bike onto its center stand. The action is much more driven by pushing down on the center stand itself.

So I guess I'd ask are you pushing down firmly as you put the bike on the stand?
Ossessionato
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 4763
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:52 pm quote
I pretty much just stand on the center stand fulcrum or whatever it's called, and the scooter just 'falls' into position. Virtually no pulling.

And mine is an MP3 500.

If you lock the tilt lock then try to put it on the centerstand it can help with balance. Just be sure to lock it very close to vertical.
Enthusiast
Gilera Fuoco
Joined: 17 Sep 2017
Posts: 90
Location: Birmingham, England
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:48 am quote
During the first few days of ownership, I noticed that if I lock the suspension before getting off, it was very hard to apply the centre-stand.

My solution is to come to a stop and stand up before locking the suspension - so the front is a bit higher when locked - and that makes it very easy to get it on the centre-stand.

If you stand up and pull up on the handlebars a little, to make the front even higher before locking the suspension, it makes it even easier.

I then unlock the suspension before turning off. Remember to lock the suspension again before taking it off the stand though!
Ossessionato
2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 4113
Location: Marietta, GA
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:13 am quote
Re: MP3 250 center stand difficulty
Ronnie1a wrote:
My old age has caught up with me and I no longer have the strength to pull the bike up onto the center stand by myself. I have to have my wife push on the front. Are there any alternatives to this? Any other way to get it on the center stand?

I tried not to get old but that didn't work.
I have mine with Tilt-Lock Engaged, take the Center Brake Off.
I stand up on the Center Stand with some force and the bike goes up on it.
Then I Disengage the Tilt-Lock to remove the pressure.
I have never struggled with this one.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
Addicted
2015 MP3 500 Lt Abs/Asr
Joined: 06 Oct 2012
Posts: 771
Location: Paris - France
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:30 am quote
Re: MP3 250 center stand difficulty
klaborde wrote:
I have mine with Tilt-Lock Engaged, take the Center Brake Off.
I stand up on the Center Stand with some force and the bike goes up on it.
Then I Disengage the Tilt-Lock to remove the pressure.
this method works whatever the cubic capacity and the age of the pilot
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 5972
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:38 pm quote
I would have to ask why are you using the center stand? I have an MP3 500 in my basement that has had the tilt lock locked for close to 9 years and it still has enough hydraulic pressure to keep the shocks locked.
The center stand is there for server and if the tilt lock will not work. You do not have to worry about it failing while locked. It won't.
Enthusiast
Gilera Fuoco
Joined: 17 Sep 2017
Posts: 90
Location: Birmingham, England
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:30 am quote
After 9 years left standing in a basement, yours has probably rusted shut!

Anyone with experience of having components wear out or fail after periods of constant use, may not agree with you.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 5972
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:18 am quote
Taught2BeCautious wrote:
After 9 years left standing in a basement, yours has probably rusted shut!

Anyone with experience of having components wear out or fail after periods of constant use, may not agree with you.
This isn't the UK, stuff doesn't just rust sitting in basements.
It only has 4,800 miles with a blown up motor. It was a Piaggio warranty buy back and I got it when a dealership closed and they were giving it away.
Land of 10,000 Scoots Rally   vespa scooterwest scooter west Motorsport Scooters   Cool Ass scooter seat cover
Post Reply    Forum -> MP3 Discussion
[ Time: 0.6304s ][ Queries: 23 (0.0445s) ][ Debug on ]