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post #1 of 25 Old 09-07-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Getting it off the ground

So looking at pictures today I realized that if I try to use my motorcycle jack on this thing I'm going to destroy my exhaust.

What's the best way to get the bike off the ground for wrenching, oil changes, and winter storage?
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-07-2012, 10:18 PM
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This is kinda tricky. I've used a floor jack on the motor behind the oil filter but the bike is front heavy so it's tipsy.

A front wheel stand that goes under the steering head or straps from the rafters in the ceiling seems to be the shadetree way. I'm open for ideas too!

I have a LP rear stand and it works great for rear wheel maintenance.

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Table lift with a ride in front wheel chock.


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A center stand and/or Yann's skid plate.
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D.T., how stable is that thing? It looks good for light rear wheel maintenance but I can't say I'd trust it for anything serious.

Greywolf, only if you convince my wife she needs to not park in the garage anymore

Are the skidplates substantial enough to jack the bike up on? I know they're designed to be tough but somehow in my mind impacts and supporting the entire weight of the bike are different. Maybe I'm wrong.
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post #6 of 25 Old 09-08-2012, 08:45 AM
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Yann states on is website that you can jack the bike up with his skid plates.

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But if you needed the skid plate or crash bars off for whatever you were working on, that would cancel that.

I use a rear stand that lifts by the spools, I'd imagine adding a similar front stand would be great for getting the whole bike off the ground and the wheels free.

You can both at Cycle Gear for less than $100.

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Skidplates are fine for jacking the front end off of the ground. It is best to have a centerstand too.





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Table lift with a ride in front wheel chock.
GW, what is your procedure for securing bike both in the chock and onto the centerstand, since deploying the centerstand moves the bike rearward?

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I have yanns skid plate and raise it off the ground with my motorcycle jack......works for me...TD

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