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Not so much lifting to get up on the center stand as it is putting weight on it as you lift. The bike will stand alone without any hands as long as you have both legs of the stand on the floor with weight on it. Gold Wings are the same way but a bit heavier. HansenCTX's youtube
video shows it well.
 

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Ctx1300 bars ARE a pain in the wrist

I too have had this problem. Was just a little uncomfortable at first. One day I almost dumped the bike over when I lost my balance turning around in my front yard. I pulled up hard on the right handle bar. Something popped. Five weeks later I'm still having pain. I figure a doc would just have me wear a brace. This is a bad angle. I puts stress on the outside of the wrist.
 

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I too have had this problem. Was just a little uncomfortable at first. One day I almost dumped the bike over when I lost my balance turning around in my front yard. I pulled up hard on the right handle bar. Something popped. Five weeks later I'm still having pain. I figure a doc would just have me wear a brace. This is a bad angle. I puts stress on the outside of the wrist.
I have zero problems with wrist/handlebars. Are your hands/forearms relaxed when riding? You can adjust the position of the handlebars in order to find the best angle for your arms.
 
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Its a little uncomfortable to me, but to be fair I ride mountain bikes with straight bar so that's what I am accustomed to. Its just off a little, I am going to bring the bar angle just a touch which might help.
 

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One thing I've noticed with some riders I have traveled with is that they sometimes have a death grip on the grips with their wrists 90 deg to the grips. This is not good unless you have a straight bar. I learned a long time ago on touring bikes to use something closer to a tennis racket grip, or golf club grip if you are more familiar with that. There is always about an inch of space from the "V" of my thumb and index finger to the flair of the grip. At the same time my index finger in front of the grip is right up to that flair and the heal of my hand is near the top of the grip to the outside so the grip is angled in my hand. I can hold on as hard as I need to on very rough roads or relax my grip without losing any control this way. I use a Cramp Buster version 1 so it is the longer narrow one. The heal/pad of my thumb is what actually rests on that even though it is mounted on the outer end of the grip. When I twist the throttle I really don't bend my wrist up and down so much but closer to rotating my forearm instead, the wrist does bend up and down just a very little. Much more precise control with the CB. This also reduces any carpal tunnel aggravation. Overall I have a very relaxed hold on both grips.
 

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I have started loosening up on the grip, what strange is its only my right grip that gets sore. Throttle hand is fine
 
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