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post #1 of 11 Old 07-23-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a bike up on a Maintenance stand

I'm apparently small and weak because I can't get my Wee up on a maintenance stand by myself. I got the Harbor freight one, and I just couldn't get enough leverage on it to raise the rear end.

For those who have the HF stand (the one with the pads, not the one for spindles) is it difficult for you? (I weigh 165lbs) Are other stands easier?
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I'm apparently small and weak because I can't get my Wee up on a maintenance stand by myself. I got the Harbor freight one, and I just couldn't get enough leverage on it to raise the rear end.

For those who have the HF stand (the one with the pads, not the one for spindles) is it difficult for you? (I weigh 165lbs) Are other stands easier?
It's a matter of technique, leverage and practice. Once you get it up the first time every other time is a breeze. Go for it but be carefull.

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It's a matter of technique, leverage and practice. Once you get it up the first time every other time is a breeze. Go for it but be carefull.
This^.

Try it with a helper to balance the bike for you the first few times until you get the hang of it.

Leave the bike on the sidestand.
Remove extra weight if necessary (seat, side bags, top box)
Place the pads right around the Axle.
Push down on HF handle with right hand while standing the bike to verticle with left hand. Once the bike is vertical and touching both pads, if you keep pressure on the handle it will stay up.
Transfer left hand to HF handle, and lean all your weight into it, bike will come up.

It would be nice if they had a longer handle (longer lever), but they don't...



edit: remembering back...I put the rear wheel and sidestand each on a piece of 2x4 when I first got mine. Once I learned the technique, they were no longer necessary.

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Put spools on it -- the pads make things far more difficult.

That's what those 8mm threaded holes are for...

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My Wee is a cinch to put on the center stand. I got the spools at Harbor freight for a few bucks too if you have that sort of lever arm.
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The Harbor Freight stands are difficult because they don't have a handle. Get a PitBull and install spools. I know they aren't cheap, but they are a breeze to use and you will use it for years. I believe you should buy good stuff and make your life easier in the long run.
Oh and whatever stand you use, make sure the front wheel is straight.

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I have the HF model, and yeah, I can't get it up by myself either. I weigh 160lbs and always use a helper to keep the bike upright, and work the front brake for me. The Pitbull stands are super nice, but the HF stand was less than half the price easily.

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I have the HF model, and yeah, I can't get it up by myself either. I weigh 160lbs and always use a helper to keep the bike upright, and work the front brake for me. The Pitbull stands are super nice, but the HF stand was less than half the price easily.
What good does half the price do you when it doesn't do what you want it to do? Spend the money once on a PitBull and be happy with it for years to come. My PitBull works flawlessly. I weigh 166 and I can easily put my Vee up with one hand and no help. I have been lured by HF's lower prices a couple of times too and I always regret buying their crappy to barely adequate products. On the other hand, whenever I have purchased quality stuff, I'm always glad I did everytime I use it. JMO.
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The Harbor Freight stands are difficult because they don't have a handle. Get a PitBull and install spools. I know they aren't cheap, but they are a breeze to use and you will use it for years. I believe you should buy good stuff and make your life easier in the long run.
Oh and whatever stand you use, make sure the front wheel is straight.
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I use one like this
Pit Bull Spooled Forward Handle Rear Stand - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore

I'm tall so that gives me a little more advantage but this stand lets me stand the bike up with my left arm and hold it steady from the bars and push the bike up with my right.

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