I need to lift the rear of my Versys to remove a lowering link in the rear.
My plan is to use an automotive floor jack, with a piece of plywood between it and the muffler and basically balance the bike on it, the side stand and the front wheel. Note you cannot use a rear pit stand as you normally would to lift the rear as the swing arm needs to be unweighted.
Will this work without denting the muffler? Other suggestions?
How I did it was remove the seat and used some nylon webbing through the cross frame, then lifted with a cable hoist attached to a overhead beam. Not everyone has this, several other methods, whatevr you use needs to hold about 200LBS.Two step ladders with a 2X4 across the top of the seat. The pipe through the frame as described earlier, using saw horses and blocking. For what you are doing, it would take more time to set up than to remove link.
I know some people have jacked up under the muffler, that is the lowest point on the bike, it slips off, game over.
So I have a third really simple solution, bike on side stand, use a jack under the passenger footpeg ( footbrake side), if you need height, block up the bottom of the jack, if you have a piece of rubber, would be good to put between the jack and footpeg. This method puts about 75 LBS force on the footpeg / jack.