Nortoniggy wrote:It never ceases to amaze me how fervently people here tell others what they must & must not do. It's mostly just an opinion. Offer advice yes, but tell people what they "must" do? No.
You can park your bike on any stand you like, nothing bad will happen whatever you choose. However you park it the isolastics are going to be in tension of some sort but nothing like the tensions they are subjected to while riding. Do the people who park their bikes with the full weight on the tyres realise they are putting flats on their tyres by doing so. Therefore, you "MUST" hang your bike up from the ceiling to avoid this, having of course first fitted the parking bolts you've made that hold the engine/gearbox unit to the frame so that the isolastics are fully centralised and unloaded.
You can start it on the centre stand or not. The stand won't break if you do. I've been starting mine from cold on the stand for 44 years and it hasn't broken yet!
For one who berates another about telling people what or what not to do, it appears to me that you fell into the same trap by telling people what to do (read your own post). Personally, I was not 'telling' people what to do but rather passing along information that I'd received by someone that's worked on more of these bikes than all of us put together. That said, when I tie my bike down to my Handy Lift by the front forks, they are very loose as I use the front wheel clamp as well, also very loose. I'm fortunate in that no one else uses my shop so I have no concerns about my bike tipping over. In terms of tires going flat on one side due to sitting in one position; true enough until they warm up when ridden and then it's a non-issue. Note race car drivers weaving around when the caution flag is out? That's to keep their tires warm so traction is good. And, you have a point. The very best method would be to hang the bike from your ceiling; however, I think I'll take a pass on that idea! Hey, the forum is to express ideas and pass along knowledge. It's okay to disagree but you could be a little more pleasant about your retorts. Cheers!