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2015 650 chain lubrication

How do you guys lubricate the chain? Without a centre stand, it makes it difficult to spin the wheel. Looking underneath, I can't see where you could jack it up.

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As you said, it is much more difficult to lube the chain without a stand. I have read on this forum that the muffler is strong enough for a jack, some build wooden frame to place between the muffler and the jack to stabilize. I use a pit bull spooled rear stand. The thing is rock solid.
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Many on this forum also recommend the one from Harbor Freight for $29.99. Don't buy the Venom rear stand, as it hits the reflector on the rear fender. The 2015 takes an 8mm swing arm spool for the stand. Previous generations take a 10mm spool.
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Spools for your swing arm are dirt cheap on Ebay. The swing arm is already threaded for these.

It is easier to work on the bike with a rear pit stand than a center stand. Once you have a rear pit stand you will not miss the lack of a center stand.

BTW for Canadians reading this thread, I would also like to recommend the Harbour Freight stand shown in Weljo's post. It is available cheap at Princess Auto in Canada.
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If you just have to do it without jacks or stands, here is what I do. I mark the link that is as far forward on the lower part of the chain with a red Sharpie. Then I lube from there back to the rear sprocket. I took a big paperclip and bent it open to sort of a V. I hang that through the chain where the red mark is and then roll the Versys forward until the clip is just before the rear sprocket. I move the clip forward again to the link where I will start lubing the next section of exposed chain (no need for any more red Sharpie marks). I roll forward again until paperclip is again at rear sprocket and then lube the exposed chain and move the clip forward. I think it takes about 5 moves to get the whole chain. Of course you will know you are done when the red mark appears again on your last roll forward.

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As you said, it is much more difficult to lube the chain without a stand. I have read on this forum that the muffler is strong enough for a jack, some build wooden frame to place between the muffler and the jack to stabilize. I use a pit bull spooled rear stand. The thing is rock solid.

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Many on this forum also recommend the one from Harbor Freight for $29.99. Don't buy the Venom rear stand, as it hits the reflector on the rear fender. The 2015 takes an 8mm swing arm spool for the stand. Previous generations take a 10mm spool.

I bought a Venom because it was the only one I could find that didn't hit the rear fender reflector. Plus it only cost $40 on EBay.


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I bought a Venom because it was the only one I could find that didn't hit the rear fender reflector. Plus it only cost $40 on EBay.


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What year is your bike? Are you using the spooled version? The venom spooled rear stand hit the reflector on my 2015.
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For me, I simply lube the lower portion, roll it back a bit, lube that portion, roll it back again.. Usually takes about 2 minutes to do and that is less time than it takes me to get all the crab out to get the wheel in the air.
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i usually ask help to another person, i roll the bike while the other lubes the chain while rolling the bike.

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Buy a wheel spinner. Front or back for cleaning or lubing chain. $35. Easy.
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Buy a wheel spinner. Front or back for cleaning or lubing chain. $35. Easy.

I have one of those. Its a piece of crap........

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I have one of those. Its a piece of crap........

+1 to that! It's the single most useless accessory I bought since getting the bike.

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What year is your bike? Are you using the spooled version? The venom spooled rear stand hit the reflector on my 2015.

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I have a PitBull stand, the one with the removable handle and it hits the rear reflector also.
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Bobbins and stand at home, Pack Jack when away from home.
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I have one of those. Its a piece of crap........
I have had one for years . Use to use it on all my bikes including the heavier sportster. Never had a problem . Why did you not like yours?
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My experience is that even if I have the bike propped up so that it's almost upright, when I turn the wheel, say to lube the chain, it moves across the roller towards the edge and I end up thinking that it's just to risky. I'd like it to work but in the end I think putting it up on the paddock stand is easier and safer.

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I was thinking of that one myself. Very thorough and well done. Lemmy and the young guys over at Motorcyclist are really smart, articulate, and experienced advocates for our activity. Long may they make helpful videos!
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I have a PitBull stand, the one with the removable handle and it hits the rear reflector also.
I mounted the reflector a few inches higher and cut off the offending part. Unless you are side by side with another bike you can't tell the difference
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