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Old 05-01-2008, 09:12 PM
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I've looked and haven't found one of those stands for less than 80 dollars. I don't really want a centerstand, I like the clearance. If I have to lube the chain on the road, well, I'll chase it around the gas station. It's incovenient, but doable. I just spent money on the bike I barely have, daughters braces ya know, so extras will have to wait. Cheap is in my future for a while.
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Here's a very cheap solution for chain oiling. I've had this on for about two weeks and works great. All I do is squirt a bit of oil into the tube right before I ride. In about 10 minutes the chain is nicely oiled. I do this before I go into rain, after rain, or just about every other week.


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Easier, fit rear spools, buy a nylon tent peg (sand peg) from a 4WD or camping store and a velcro wrap.

Cut a V in the pointy end of the peg, and a couple of notches below that. Put light rope or preferably light bungee cord through the notches and make a loop over the V you cut.


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Bike on sidestand - wrap the velcro wrap around the front brake, locking it on.


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Flip down the right hand footpeg, hang the peg from the right hand spool, lift the bike by the footpeg (really easy). The peg swings down, lower bike.


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Provided you got the right length peg the tire is off the ground.


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Lube chain.

Lift bike by footpeg, kick peg forward, lower bike.
Flip footpeg up, remove wrap from front brake and wrap it around the bars on that side. (It's useful if you ever drop the bike on a slope and need to lock the brake while you pick it up).

The big plus is that the tent pegs are a) Cheap, BRIGHT (hard to forget), tough and very light.
With an extra small bungie loop you can strap your stand to one of the rear grab handles.

I use this on trips, it works very well, takes no extra room and very little time to get the bike up and down.

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Thanks Kiwi, much appreciated.

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Have a reference on that $40 stand you talk about?
Yep...

TWO sources, actually...

One is through 'Motovan' in Canada. They are one of the largest powersports products distributors in this country, and ANY respectable dealership or powersports outlet in Canada will be able to order a BVP paddock stand from Motovan for you...




The other source (even less expensive) is the 'Canadian Tire' retail store in Canada. They recently had the front AND rear stand on sale as a package deal, for just $74.99...

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Mr. Pete, that is a very cool solution. Your chain looks perfect.

How much work will you do with that setup? I suppose you will align the rear wheel. Will you change a chain and a tire too?
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I made this up from some stuff I had around the garage. Not the best, but works.





I have the 1" raising links so the Zuk center stand would not get the tire off the groung enough to spin. This only takes a minute to install(1 bolt). The way it is, the side stand and the work stand are opposite from each other. The side stand wants to go back and the work stand wants to go forward. When using the work stand, the bike is VERY stable and so far has worked out well.
Since these photos were taken, I welded an old allen wrench onto the bolt for the work stand. Now it is even easier and you don't have to dig for a wrench.
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Mr. Pete, that is a very cool solution. Your chain looks perfect.

How much work will you do with that setup? I suppose you will align the rear wheel. Will you change a chain and a tire too?
Never had to change a chain or tire in anger. Fixed a puncture - but that's pretty easy - much easier than looking for the nail, rolling the bike forward, looking for the nail etc.

I don't think I'd trust it without the wheel in there unless I had no choice, but for field servicing the bike it's excellent.

FWIW - that chain had just done 500km of nasty dirt roads . The secret is in the lube.

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Yeah, that's so much more simple and convenient than just getting a center stand, or putting some spools on the swingarm and using a race stand :rolleyes:
my thoughts ed zachary. wouldn't it be easier to bolt on a centerstand?
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:44 AM
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my thoughts ed zachary. wouldn't it be easier to bolt on a centerstand?
I considered that, the main problem is that I ride fairly hard on dirt roads. The center stand reduces ground clearance - but they also (generically) have a tendency to flip down/break springs if you hit bumps hard enough.

If all you really need a stand for is lubing the chain and the occasional puncture repair the "el cheapo" model works very well for $5.

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This is an old thread, but I didn't see this $10 solution.

I had a Yamaha Vstar and for synching carbs and other work I followed this trick: you take about 4 feet of 2x8 and drill a 1 inch hole at one end.. Place the 2x8 under the bike with the hole closer to the back of the bike. Insert a 4 foot length of 1" iron pipe (from home depot or whatever) into the hole you drilled. Then "roll" the pipe 90 degrees forward and it should lift the bike an inch or two off the ground. I can't get at my bike right now to check this out, but if there is nothing under the 2-by that will get damaged, you are OK. If a 2x8 isn't enough, go with a 2x10.
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