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2015 rear stand needed

Does any one have a good suggestion for a rear stand for a 2015 VS.650LT that will work with the bags on?

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Is this what you are looking for? Rear Stand or is it a paddock stand you want..
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Here's a pic w/ my '15 on a Harbor-Freight stand, w/ 8mm bolts and 'jam' nuts mounted into the two sides until I get some spools....







The bolts are threaded thru till they are 'level' w/ the rear of the swing-arm, then the nuts 'backed' against it as 'jam' nuts.

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Both of these are rear stands from Harbour Freight. The one on front has the adapters to make it a front wheel stand. They no longer make the adapters...

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Silver T-Rex Rear Motorcycle Stand V. It fits my 2015 LT 650 fine with or without the saddle bags mounted. Get the one with the U shaped handle, not the single handle. There is no interference with the rear fender with the U handle.

Your 2015 LT uses 8mm spools. Prior years were a different size (10mm), so you may find some sites which haven't caught up and try to sell you the wrong size. The correct threads are M8. These are 8mm in diameter. I had to put a spacer on the spool to prevent the lift from damaging the swing arm.

I wrap a velcro strap tightly around the front brake lever to keep the front wheel from rolling. You must somehow chock or otherwise keep the front wheel from rolling before lifting or lowering the bike.

Here's the specific stand I recently bought. http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=94



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Silver T-Rex Rear Motorcycle Stand V. It fits my 2015 LT 650 fine with or without the saddle bags mounted. Get the one with the U shaped handle, not the single handle. There is no interference with the rear fender with the U handle.

Your 2015 LT uses 8mm spools. Prior years were a different size (10mm), so you may find some sites which haven't caught up and try to sell you the wrong size. The correct threads are M8. These are 8mm in diameter. I had to put a spacer on the spool to prevent the lift from damaging the swing arm.

I wrap a velcro strap tightly around the front brake lever to keep the front wheel from rolling. You must somehow chock or otherwise keep the front wheel from rolling before lifting or lowering the bike.

Here's the specific stand I recently bought. http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=94


YES! this is EXACTLY the information I am looking for. Thank you very much

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...I wrap a velcro strap tightly around the front brake lever to keep the front wheel from rolling. You must somehow chock or otherwise keep the front wheel from rolling before lifting or lowering the bike.
My experience is that you do NOT need to do anything w/ your front brake. The bike moves a bit, back-and-forth, while raising and lowering, but it's NOT a problem, and I suspect that locking the front brake will add a lot of stress to your spools.



OTOH - when I use my "crutch" stand on the road to lube the chain, locking the front brake is a MUST if you don't want to 'wear' your Versys...!


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BTW - instead of waiting till I get 'spools' for my '15, I just put an 8mm bolt w/ a 'jam' nut into each side, and raise it (CAREFULLY!!!) on my H-F rear stand.







I WILL be getting spools...!

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My experience is that you do NOT need to do anything w/ your front brake. The bike moves a bit, back-and-forth, while raising and lowering, but it's NOT a problem, and I suspect that locking the front brake will add a lot of stress to your spools.



OTOH - when I use my "crutch" stand on the road to lube the chain, locking the front brake is a MUST if you don't want to 'wear' your Versys...!

OH WOW.......AN ALMOST NEW 2015 and it only has BREAK-IN MILES on the speedo.
Hmmmm, here I sit wondering how much WD-40 Eddie has already dispersed on this nearly new motorbike chain.

So Eddie.....come on now, tell us how many milliliters you have measured out of that 50 GALLON DRUM for immediate use on the new motorbike.
We all are awaiting your response

and she sure is a purty one indeed
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Is this what you are looking for? Rear Stand or is it a paddock stand you want..
What kind of center stand is that?
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My experience is that you do NOT need to do anything w/ your front brake. The bike moves a bit, back-and-forth, while raising and lowering, but it's NOT a problem, and I suspect that locking the front brake will add a lot of stress to your spools.



OTOH - when I use my "crutch" stand on the road to lube the chain, locking the front brake is a MUST if you don't want to 'wear' your Versys...!


I would not even think of using brake to raise rear - not needed at all!



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I use the harborcrap rear stand and I'm sure it would work with saddle bags installed. I don't lock the brake. Just hold the bike upright and use my foot to push down the handle the put a chalk on the front tire (I don't have any flat concrete so I usually using it in the back yard

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My experience is that you do NOT need to do anything w/ your front brake. The bike moves a bit, back-and-forth, while raising and lowering, but it's NOT a problem, and I suspect that locking the front brake will add a lot of stress to your spools.



OTOH - when I use my "crutch" stand on the road to lube the chain, locking the front brake is a MUST if you don't want to 'wear' your Versys...!

Well then next time I'll give it a try without locking the front brakes. This is the first bike I've had which didn't have a center stand, so it's the first bike I've used a paddock stand. Several manufacturers had instructions to block or lock the front wheel. Maybe that's one of those lawyer things, like don't use the hair dryer while taking a shower.
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OH WOW.......AN ALMOST NEW 2015 and it only has BREAK-IN MILES on the speedo.
Hmmmm, here I sit wondering how much WD-40 Eddie has already dispersed on this nearly new motorbike chain.

So Eddie.....come on now, tell us how many milliliters you have measured out of that 50 GALLON DRUM for immediate use on the new motorbike.
We all are awaiting your response

and she sure is a purty one indeed
DustyOne - sorry. I "plum" forgot to measure the level, but the chain HAS had its FIRST WD40 'bath' at about 417 kms (333 miles)....



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I would not even think of using brake to raise rear - not needed at all!...
Sorry E327. I don't understand your post...?

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OH WOW.......AN ALMOST NEW 2015 and it only has BREAK-IN MILES on the speedo....
and she sure is a purty one indeed
Whaddya mean - ALMOST NEW...?

It IS new....


(OK - it WAS last Tuesday at 1500 when the odometer turned to the number '2', and I'm NOT kidding. The odo read "0" when I picked it up!)

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Same info on using the HF rear stand...also added some CG Speed Steel slider spools...

HF stand is $32 out the door if you use the 20% off coupon..



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My experience is that you do NOT need to do anything w/ your front brake. The bike moves a bit, back-and-forth, while raising and lowering, but it's NOT a problem, and I suspect that locking the front brake will add a lot of stress to your spools.
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