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  • Turning your bike around

    This thread won't be of any interest to you if your bike doesn't have a centrestand.

    Old R-series Beemers had a (probably) unique property - the centrestand was situated at the centre of mass of the bike. That meant that if you had to do a U-turn in your driveway, you just grabbed the back of the bike, walked through 180 degrees, and Bob's your uncle.

    Most other bikes, of course, have the weight on the front wheel. Like my K. "I wonder" I thought to myself, "if I can use the same technique". This of course all depends on the weight distribution. So I went to the front of the bike, put my hands under the fairing and lifted. As it happens, I was able to lift it pretty easily, and get the front wheel off the ground. Then I walked through 180 degrees and it was done.

    Anyone else tried this technique?

  • #2
    It can be done on a side stand:



    https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...-the-sidestand

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    • #3
      Yep. I spin mine on the side stand and havent had an issue.

      I've heard people say its bad for the side stand, but I'll cross that bridge if I get to it.

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      • #4
        Its a small bridge unless the side stand bolts into the crankcase.
        -

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        • #5
          Side stand for the win, easy as, all my Kawasakis, Aprilia's, Hondas just be weary with Yamahas as the R1 and R6 stand is very springy and this can bounce the bike... which can see you under it. Tried and tested!
          Trying to think of a wise and sincere signature quote, but the only words that leap to mind are, "TITTY SPRINKLES"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Known View Post


            Hahahaha he looked pretty pleased with himself at the end 😂😂
            Born to ride forced to work

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Known View Post
              Geez. He made it look easy enough. Not sure I want to try it on the SV - too many expensive bits to break if I fuck up. Althtjough the side stand does look pretty solid. I’ll bear it in mind

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chuck Steak View Post
                This thread won't be of any interest to you if your bike doesn't have a centrestand.
                How does it feel to be wrong almost all of the time?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dwillia View Post
                  How does it feel to be wrong almost all of the time?
                  come on man. get off ilbuono steaks back.
                  Originally posted by Paraletic
                  little end bearing. best describes as the sound of 'A little black man with a hammer in your engine'. big end sounds like a bigger black man...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dwillia View Post
                    How does it feel to be wrong almost all of the time?
                    It's good. It's the only way to learn. If I ever need to turn the SV around in a tight spot I now have an option that I didn't have before..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chuck Steak View Post
                      It's good. It's the only way to learn. If I ever need to turn the SV around in a tight spot I now have an option that I didn't have before..
                      but you did have the option

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                      • #12
                        ive never trusted the pivot technique..

                        1 : im prone to knocking shit over

                        2 : stand could snap

                        ive always been a roll it out & turn around type guy, dirt bike just lift it up lol they all feel like mountain bikes after riding roadies

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hillz View Post
                          ive never trusted the pivot technique..

                          1 : im prone to knocking shit over

                          2 : stand could snap

                          ive always been a roll it out & turn around type guy, dirt bike just lift it up lol they all feel like mountain bikes after riding roadies
                          Yeah I'm with you. Can't see myself ever doing it. Looks way too risky, with too many things that can go wrong

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                          • #14
                            its perfectly safe if you have a steel stand and can walk without falling over

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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't suggest doing this with an aluminium side stand.
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