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Jacking the bike

Ok, I am trying to come up with a simpler method of oiling the change. rather than push my bike around the drive way, I'd figure I use my Dad's bike jack to do it. Where under the bike is a good place to jack since the exhaust runs underneath? I think his jack has strap mounts, so I can tie down the bike while I work on it.

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I've considered one of those. My bike doesnt have spools. I will see if my local HF has one.
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I do the same as Joe just showed you, but when I'm away I use a cut-down crutch, and a piece of double-sided Velcro (to hold the front brake ON).

The crutch will work EITHER under the swingarm itself, or spools (what I use). Check the pics.









I lock my front brake; lift the bike enough to get the crutch under the spool; then spray the INSIDE run of the chain as I turn the wheel till it's ALL sprayed (I use WD40 ONLY!); and then I spin the rear wheel about three times w/ my foot. Then (SOMETIMES) I wipe off the chain, but NOT usually on my trips.
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Wow Fast Eddie, you need a new rear tire already!

Keep those crutches handy.
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Nice! Curious as to why WD40 is preferred over chain oil. Wont the WD40 evap in a short order causing the chain to dry out?
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here we go lol

I used a paddock stand and bobbins or when away from home the good old Pack Jack

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Wow Fast Eddie, you need a new rear tire already!
There is a lot of tread left on the edges.
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There is a lot of tread left on the edges.
just cut it off and glue it to the middle =p

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just cut it off and glue it to the middle =p
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Wow Fast Eddie, you need a new rear tire already!

Keep those crutches handy.
I JUST bought a NEW set of Dunlop 222s on the 20th of July...

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The "crutch" pics are of my (recently-deceased) '09 from YEARS ago!

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Nice! Curious as to why WD40 is preferred over chain oil. Wont the WD40 evap in a short order causing the chain to dry out?
The ORIGINAL chain on my AZ '08 V lasted 57,xxx miles, ONLY ever 'lubed' w/ WD40, and watt-man (the ThermoBob guy) measured it and said it was NOT even worn-out at 57K miles!!!

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Ed, since reading that those photos were from '09, I can only hope that you have learned since then that V's have very good corner handling ability, and that you have taken advantage of the 'fun factor'.
Chicken strips that wide are totally unacceptable here in the flatlands, let alone in the mountains where you live!
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Swingarm spools and a paddock stand here, dead easy to use and you will wonder why you have faffed for so long....or at least I did.
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I have a 2015 model and use a Bikemaster Universal paddock stand. No spools (bobbins) yet, just thread in some 8mm bolts when I'm ready to raise the rear wheel. I take out the bolts when I'm done. I tried to order spools once and the site said the 8mm would not fit. The bike store "threw-in" a set when I bought the stand and I didn't realize they were 10mm til I got home.

How often do you need to adjust your chains?
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I bought the Haul-Master bike stand last night and used it today to lube the chain. Definitely better than pushing the bike around the driveway. Until I run out, I'm using some Honda Pro Lube with white graphite then I might give pure WD40 a try.
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Does WD40 fling?
I've been using a Dupont chain lube, it says it resists fling but IMO it flings pretty bad. It's irritating because I ride to work wearing khakis and I've shown up before with oil all over the back of my left pants leg.
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Does WD40 fling?
I've been using a Dupont chain lube, it says it resists fling but IMO it flings pretty bad. It's irritating because I ride to work wearing khakis and I've shown up before with oil all over the back of my left pants leg.
I don't know. Same with the Honda Pro Lube. It supposed to be "fling resistant". Turned on the bike while on the stand to let the engine drive the tire a bit and the pavement was covered in chain lube. I won't do that again...
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Get a Double stand or make one and you are free to Oil anytime, anywhere.
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Get a Double stand or make one and you are free to Oil anytime, anywhere.
That'd be fine if I had something more than a backpack to carry stuff in.
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My license plate apparatus was in the way of the swingarm stand that I bought, so instead of a bike stand, I use a scissors jack (found one with a "V" in the lifting platform so the bike will not slip!) on one side and a 1.5 ton hydrolic car jack on the other side. Works beautifully. With the kickstand up on about a 1.5 inch block, I screw up the scissor to the right side spool until it just begins to lift and then I stop there. Then on the left side spool, I jack up the hydrolic jack until the bike is even and the wheel is free. I do not have to lift the right side any more than where it was. Then when you lower it, I make sure the kickstand is down and the block is still in position and then turn the release on the hydrolic jack. You can turn it slowly just to be safe and of course you should, but even if you don't, it'll land on the kickstand and Bob's your uncle.

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