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I've often seen mechanics turn the bike around on its side stand, e.g. if they need to turn the bike the other way, they simply lift it up on the side stand, balance it, and then flip it around.

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How do you do this? Is the side stand fully deployed, or is it 90 degrees down towards the ground -- if the latter, wouldn't this pose a risk of it collapsing and the bike falling down?

Does this hurt the sidestand in any way? Is it designed to tolerate the weight of the full bike and at the same time get twisted around on the ground like that?
 

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First I'm into picking ow I part so I don't have to play that game. Then you have to make sure the stand is going against the stop and not in any half way point or other way. Be sure to make sure pressure is kept so that you don't rotate the bike and have the stand collapse. I personally don't like spinning the bike that way. Some say no problem and I say that sure doesn't look like a 400 lb support kick stand and my bike aint going to rotate on it.
 

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Yeah, I've seen a few people do this. It looks really cool, but as far as my bike goes..........NAH! YOU MUSTA BUMPED YO HEAD!!!! My bike is my baby. I like it too much for that.
 

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Yeah, I have seen it done, but i haven’t attempted the procedure with my bike. Considering the risks mentioned above, it probably isn’t worth it.
 

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I do it all the time. Its really convenient in the garage or when your in a parking space and need to spin around really quick. You just place your foot on the kickstand so it helps it from not moving. Pull your left handle bar towards you all the way with your left hand. Grab the subframe on the right side of the bike with your right hand and pull it up so it balances on the kickstand, then you just walk it around and let it down slowly. It takes a little bit of time to get it down. My friends are like the couple guys who responded to this thread, they don't want to drop their bikes and this and that which is understandable. They usually have me do it for them hahaha. I'm sure it could potentially break or something but I've never heard of that between the guys I know who do it on a regular basis.
 

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I use the same method as tdubdw750. I park my bike on the sidewalk in front of my house sometimes and my wife would kill me if i rode through her flower box to get out so instead i just spin it.
 

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I've seen pics of cracked engine cases on a BMW where the misguided owner did that using the center stand....can you say cha ching???? $$$$$

I've even seen for sale ads with the obvious evidence in the sale photo that the bike was spun around (clear gouges in the pavement with the bike facing the opposite way...) There's no way I'd ever consider buying a bike from someone who abused it like that.

It's similar to someone using a hammer when a screwdriver is the required tool...but hey, that's just me...
 

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I used to do it all the time on my GS-500f. It had a straight kickstand. My Gixxer 750's (2006) kickstand is more of a "dogleg" and I notice it was harder to do this manvuer (sp?), not including the increased in weight. So I just stopped doing it.
 
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