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post #1 of 30 Old 04-27-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Chain Maintenance without center-stand

I was asked to show photos of my own solution for chain maintenance, wheel removal and all general work on my bike when a lift is not needed or available. I donít have a center-stand. This solution is so crazy simple, youíre gonna say, ďwhat the F? What was I thinking running my bike around the backyard trying to lube my chain?"

Items needed:
2 eye bolts (or screws)
A wall, fence or other large flat object (a pick-up truck will work).
2 tie downs.

In my case, I just used two stainless steel eye bolts I had from another home project I havenít finished, and screwed them into the bottom plate of my garage (the wall will work).

1. Drive bike up against wall.
2. Put bike on side stand.
3. Attach tie downs to right and left side of handlebars and to eyebolts.
4. Tighten up right side until it lifts the bike off the side-stand, adjust both tie-downs until bike is level. Be careful not to scratch the fairing, but be sure to compress the forks a bit.
5. Thatís it.

It is just like tying down a dirt bike in a pick-up. Simple right?

Now, just put that $20 Shucks auto parts floor jack under the bottom of the shock and lift the rear tire off the ground. Chain maintenance, wheel removal, etc. now made easy.
I use this set-up for mounting the Pat Walsh bars/skid plate, changing oil, all of my maintenance. With the Pat Walsh I can also just put the jack under the skid plate and jack the whole bike up if needed.

Donít have a wall to use? A fence will work, or the bumper of your old pick up. I got a request for some pictures a minute ago, so I walked outside, set the bike up and took some photos. The garage is really messy and Iíve had a few beers, but it took less than five minutes.

Have fun and I take no responsibility for you being a dummy and knocking your bike over or scratching it. The photos suck, if I get more time I will make them prettier.

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post #2 of 30 Old 04-27-2008, 11:44 PM
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Neat idea. You just gave me an idea for chain maintenance on Lynda's bike. I can use the concrete pillar where we park the bikes.

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post #3 of 30 Old 04-28-2008, 12:34 AM
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What the F? Its so simple.
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post #4 of 30 Old 04-28-2008, 09:12 AM
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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:

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post #5 of 30 Old 04-28-2008, 10:34 AM
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I think the reason this solution presented itself was because its both inexpensive and eliminates the need for a clearance-robbing center stand. I could probably do this as I have a fence (no garage) but my yard is sloped and I really don't have a level place anywhere - not even the driveway. That makes a race stand ineffective also.

Even using a center stand I'd have to get out in the street where its a bit more level, but really my argument for having a center stand is this: You're out touring away from home piling on the miles and you need to get that chain lubed at a gas station.
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post #6 of 30 Old 04-28-2008, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by V-Strom Ry View Post
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:
even simpler to get a scottoiler and forget about the chain in between routine service

I don't know about other folks here, but I bought my bike to ride, I know that I'm dangerous handling a wrench, so I prefer to pay a professional mechanic for ALL maintenance, including the chain

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Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
What the F? Its so simple.
No, this is simple... and portable.
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post #8 of 30 Old 04-29-2008, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Um, Ok.

Originally Posted by V-Strom Ry View Post
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 post was in response to a pm request to show a solution I had come up with. Actually, it is much cheaper than the obvious solutions:

Centerstand: $179-$250
Spools: $37
Race Stand: $100-$200

Tie downs: $10
Eye Bolts: $3
Floor/bottle jack: $20

I am always amazed at why some people feel the uncontrollable urge to give a snarky comment when someone offers up a solution to a particular problem.

There was a post by a newbie recently that said he was afraid of being flamed for a question, but he was reassured that, No that doesn't happen, OK.

This cheap chain lube solution is not better than your solution, it is just another one available for someone on a limited budget or who does not want a centerstand. Thats it. It was offered up for those who want it. This place is getting a bit weird for a forum designed to help out other riders with their questions or problems.

This simple, cheap and readily available solution solved mine and another guy's problem and I thought it would be the right thing to share it with the collective, as I know I have benefitted by those before me. My bad, I guess.

BTW, Jim Randall, thanks for that suggestion, too, I will use the pipe trick on my upcoming cross country trip.

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post #9 of 30 Old 04-29-2008, 03:57 AM
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Hello and thankyou for your idea on chain maintenance. In this day and age on saftey , I'll use your idea first. The likely hood of 194 kg's falling on me in the shed doesn't rate highly on my to-do list. The pipe might be alright in the outback , but hey who's gonna lift this sucker off me when the side stand sinks into the dirt? My mate's would sit there and laugh. Please keep the good idea's coming.
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post #10 of 30 Old 04-29-2008, 06:08 AM
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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.

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

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.

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

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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