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post #1 of 10 Old 06-08-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Lifting the VStrom

This may fall in the dumb question category but what is the proper way to lift the VStrom? I haven't had mine that long and it has been in Texas most of the time at my daughter's but now have it home where I can get to know it better.

I just returned from a 2500 ride from San Antonio to Colby, WA. I washed and waxed my DL1000 yesterday with the bike in a chock. I wanted to lift it to spin the wheels for cleaning but wasn't quite sure how to safely do it without damaging something. I have steel skid plate and thought it was supported by a frame member but it appears to be only at the attachment points. I considered putting my scissors jack under it to lift the front end, and then the rear, a few inches but it appears that if the skid plate bent, it would come in contact with the forward exhaust header and possibly damage that too.

The dealership in San Antonio used one of those rear wheel lifts (I'm not sure what the correct name for them is) to change the rear tire. I didn't have the front tire changed so am not sure how they would have lifted the bike to do it.

Am I missing something obvious here? I just did a forum search on the issue but nothing popped on lifting the Strom.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-08-2010, 01:34 PM
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Centerstand, front pit stand, rear pit stand with spools. Centerstand is probably the most common.

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Centerstand, front pit stand, rear pit stand with spools. Centerstand is probably the most common.
+1.

Does your bike have rear spools for a pit stand? If not, where are some that used the rear swingarm itself as the lift point.

Centerstand seems the easiest and most prefered method, especially if you are going to be taking any longer trips away from home where you'd need to do maintenance on the rear wheel, or cleaning/lubing.

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I have Pit Bull front and rear stands. I have swing arm spools but my stands can be switched over to use directly on the swing arm itself if needed. I'm also going to get a center stand to have for when I'm on the road as was previously mentioned.
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Thanks guys. I don't have a centerstand. They guy who I purchased the bike from in Oklahoma said it wouldn't take a centerstand because of the after market skid plate. I saw a picture that one of our members posted in another thread though and it looked like he had the same plate and also a centerstand. I'll have to explore this a bit more because I definitely want one.

Now I know the correct terminology for the lift I was referring to; a pit stand. I just did a web search after reading PAs post and found several sources for pit stands, to include Pit Bull. I have three other bikes and lifts with modifications for each of them but the Strom presents a different challenge. Discount Ramps has a set for $99. I have one of their other lifts and it is of good quality.
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I have three other bikes and lifts with modifications for each of them but the Strom presents a different challenge. Discount Ramps has a set for $99. I have one of their other lifts and it is of good quality.
with that many bikes, what good is another end lift or jack.

I recommend considering spending a little more, ok, maybe a lot more

why not a table lift ? or other bike lift like an eazyrizer



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I have the Adventure Motostuff skidplate and related crash bars on my bike. I put a wood block between the plate and engine case just behind the oil filter before lifting mine with a scissors/ATV jack. Seems to do just fine.

I also have spools in the rear tho and use a pit stand when I just need to lift the rear.
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randyo, my last post wasn't quite clear. I have two jacks, one the standard MC lift and the other a scissors jack. For my Rocket 3 I needed adaptors because the engine is a stressed member and uneven on the bottom. I also needed adaptors for my 1967 Triumph. My uncertainty with the Strom was similare to the Rocket in that it has no no sub-frame.

Trailryder, I'll try the wedge block as you suggest. I also have the rear spools so will buy a pit stand.
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Get one of these cheap Harbor Freight "wheel cleaning stands:" $25 on sale and print one of their 20% off coupons and the thing about $20. Doesn't eliminate the need for other devices necessary to change tires, etc., but it makes cleaning the bike simple. I put my bike up on the center stand and then shove this under the front wheel when I'm washing it.

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the standard MC lift
? what are you considering "the standard MC lift"



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