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After endless experiments to improve on my original (heavy) main-stand aid (enter 'mousetrap' in search to see my original entry), I have discovered a method that does not include any machining nor any welding. I now use a 10" (300mm) long piece of aluminium 2" (50.8mm)square box section, slip it over the pedal and hey presto! Easy. Total cost £11.99 including p&p. The square shape makes for a sure foothold and it is light enough to carry under the seat. Now why didn't I think of it before now?
 

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"If it seems like a silly idea, but it works, it's not silly!" :cool:
 

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It's all about leverage!
 

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It's all about leverage!
It's also about technique. I remember back in the 60s, a scrawny little runt of a fellow had a Harley without electric start. The little 100 pound fellow could start the bike without a problem. I was much larger but I never figured out how to do it. I find I don't have any problem at all putting my bikes on the center stand regardless of how big it is.
 

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A fix for something that isn't broke?
 

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I've found taking the center stand off, cleaning, greasing the moving bit, and putting it back together made getting it on the center stand much easier (and it wasn't even that rough).
 

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Wow! I've just raised my bike in my carpet slippers! If ever there was a Eureka moment that was it. (using the square section ally tube mentioned above)
 
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