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?"
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.