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Trying to put my V on rear stands to clean/lube chain

Hi all,

I was farkling my bike last weekend, and tried to put the rear wheel on the stand, but was nervous that it might tip over on its side. I used to do it on my first bike, though a much smaller one (tu250x) and about 150 lbs lighter.

I could spray and move the bike every 1 ft and spray again, but it's such a pain with these old knees.

I am thinking of putting a brick under the side stand so that the bike is upright and then slide the rear stand under the swingarm spools.

any tips?

Thanks!
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Align the lower side spool with the stand, then standing at the back of the bike, tip it up, being sure to align the right side spool as the bike comes up. Then, just slowly step on the stand and it'll lift the bike.

Just hold onto the passenger grab handles and trust the stand. It'll work.

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...I am thinking of putting a brick under the side stand so that the bike is upright and then slide the rear stand under the swingarm spools.

any tips?

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I do that too, and it helps quite a bit.

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Align the lower side spool with the stand, then standing at the back of the bike, tip it up, being sure to align the right side spool as the bike comes up. Then, just slowly step on the stand and it'll lift the bike.

Just hold onto the passenger grab handles and trust the stand. It'll work.
What Jeff said, tho' I push down on the stand rather than stepping onto it. To get over your nervousness, I suggest you have someone stand-by for a couple of times, GENTLY holding the handle-bars, while you do it, just for confidence.


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Hi all,

I was farkling my bike last weekend, and tried to put the rear wheel on the stand, but was nervous that it might tip over on its side. I used to do it on my first bike, though a much smaller one (tu250x) and about 150 lbs lighter.

I could spray and move the bike every 1 ft and spray again, but it's such a pain with these old knees.

I am thinking of putting a brick under the side stand so that the bike is upright and then slide the rear stand under the swingarm spools.

any tips?

Thanks!
Best tip I ever got was the one you already said.. Either a brick or some spare pieces of wood underneath the kick stand to make it ALMOST straight up. Then you can easily align both spools in the holster before lifting it up.

If your looking for a rear stand that won't break the bank, look at the harbor freight stand. It was really cheap but does the job perfectly every time for me and very simple to use.

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I use a block of wood under side stand but make sure you hook up both bobbins or you may end up like what i did one day.


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My bike leaned way over before i lowered it. But i used a brick or piece of wood to make it level. I'm a big guy so i could use my left hand to hold the rear of the bike and put the stand under the spools with my right hand. Then start to push down with the right still keeping the bike steady with the left when the rear wheel lifts i then push the stand down with the right or with both hands as needed. If your smaller then push down with the foot like posted in an earlier post. I have the Harbour Freight Stand and its worked perfect for over 3 years now and it doesn't break the bank.

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I second the 2x4 idea. I put a 2x6 under the side stand ( turn wheel to the left to keep in leaning that way ), place the rear stand under the bobbins and then slowly raise. Just remember to reverse the process ( i.e. get the block back under the stand ) when lowering. It won't fall over if you forget but it did scare the **** out of me the first time I forgot.

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I use a block of wood under side stand but make sure you hook up both bobbins or you may end up like what i did one day.


Wow! I hope there was no damage and no injury!

THANKS ALL FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS!!! HELPFUL, NO DOUBT!
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this works for cleaning the chain

http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...and-98800.html
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You can also try this if you don't have a rear stand and have those jack stands around. Put one jackstand under the right footpeg mount (The top of the jackstand should almost touch footpeg mount) while you have the bike on its side stand. Then, position an automobile jack (hydraulic or scissor jack) under the left footpeg mount and slowly lift it up with the jack to the same level as the right side. Just make sure that the bike is securely on the jackstand and the jack. This is what i did before i got the rear stand.



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This is what I use. 130 bucks at Canadian Tire, up nearly 1/2 meter, both tires off the ground.
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I stand on the left side and position the rear stand, lined up with the left side spool. then I lean against the bike, pushing it upright and onto the right side spool. When it's stable, I reach down and push the handle down with my right hand, holding onto the grab rail with my left.

I do this all the time at the track for my tire warmers, only minus the helpful grab rails. No issues. Takes a bit of practice. Have someone spot you the first couple of times.
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This is what I use. 130 bucks at Canadian Tire, up nearly 1/2 meter, both tires off the ground.
I have this on my amazon wishlist, but I am concerned with the bike's underside particularly the exhaust bearing the weight of the bike.

Have you had any problems with denting or even stress "fractures" on any of the parts down there? Also how stable is it since the underside does not have a leveled contour. Which part(s) of the bike touches the jack when it hoists the bike?

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I use this stand. Very easy for one person use!

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Wow! I hope there was no damage and no injury!

THANKS ALL FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS!!! HELPFUL, NO DOUBT!
It actually went over to the right first as i had only hooked the left bobbin and it cut through abs wires but re joined ok, managed to hold on to passenger grab handles as she went to ground with only a couple of minor scratches, have since got a different stand to lift the ninja.
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Damn Kiwi that must have been a bit scary. When the bike is up on the stand should the front brake be engaged with a velcro strap or something similar?
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For paddock stands, no you dont want to velcro strap your front brake lever.

But there's an easier way to jack up your bike if you only need the rear to be lifted up for only a while to work on the chain. And this method would require the use of velcro strapping the front brake lever

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well u get the idea. But make sure the front brake lever is strapped tight as to anchor the front tyre before jacking it up.

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I use my left hand to hold the rear of the bike and put the stand under the spools with my right hand. Then start to push down with the right still keeping the bike steady with the left when the rear wheel lifts i then push the stand down with the right or with both hands as needed. If your smaller then push down with the foot like posted in an earlier post.
1st time I had my son help, ever since I have done it the way weljo said.
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If you are a first timer and not so familiar with Paddock stand , plese do the following:

Place you bike near a wall, so if it tip the wall will catch it.

Now place a telephone direction or block of wood to get the bike to almost 90 degrees standing position.

Now move back, always holding your bike with one hand.

Place you paddock stand in position and lift the bike.

For the first time have someone beside you to give you confidence and do it a few time and you are good to do your chain lube...etc.



PLS NOTE; DON'T DO THE KIWI STYLE...
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