ST4 centre-stand advice please?

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to list my 2001 ST4 onto its centre-stand, and I’m hoping someone can suggest how to modify it, ideally from having done so yourself. I suspect I’m now getting older and weaker, plus I’ve already had 2 hernia operations and don’t want another one!
I have fitted a slightly stepped floor into my bike shed for the rear wheel to be reversed onto, which helps a bit, but it’s still not sufficient - and of course is not portable.
For comparison, my 1995 Monster is very easy indeed to put on its centre-stand (which I fitted soon after buying it, together with rear-hoop raisers). Maybe I simply need to introduce the ST4’s stand to my angle grinder, but if so which bits should I start removing?