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post #1 of 22 Old 01-01-2010, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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No Center Stand

OK, Maybe I'm just a little slow...

Any suggestions to simplify chain and other maintenance tasks, without a center stand?


Or is the center stand the only way to go?


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post #2 of 22 Old 01-01-2010, 11:22 PM
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I struggled with a paddock stand for almost a year. (link below) Installed a center stand today. The first thing I did with it was lube the chain. SO much easier now!

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...atchallpartial
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OK, Maybe I'm just a little slow...

Any suggestions to simplify chain and other maintenance tasks, without a center stand?


Or is the center stand the only way to go?


Thanks
A centerstand is probably the best solution. The downsides are that it adds weight to the bike, and decreases clearance. Which situation it decreases clearance in depends on the stand. Some affect cornering clearance, some ground clearance when riding off road.

A rear stand (or "paddock" stand) works very well for chain maintenance and removing the rear tire and is more stable than a centerstand is. However, it won't easily let you do shock replacements or rear suspension linkage and/or swingarm bearing lubing.

I've got a centerstand on my Wee, and also spools and rear stands. Which one I use depends on what I'm doing.

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With so many issues on Center Stands, I opted for a cheap rear stand for regular maintenance, and the bike sits on it nightly.
Rear stand has flat pads that sit under the Swingarm. Very Secure and easy to use once you have done it once..
The Home Made pipe stand I use for Front end issues and major work. $89 from Lowes


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post #5 of 22 Old 01-02-2010, 10:20 AM
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With so many issues on Center Stands, I opted for a cheap rear stand for regular maintenance, and the bike sits on it nightly.
Rear stand has flat pads that sit under the Swingarm. Very Secure and easy to use once you have done it once..
The Home Made pipe stand I use for Front end issues and major work. $89 from Lowes

Excellent ideas for home maintenance!

But, they do not pack up easily for "on-the-side-of-the-road" repairs and maintenance.

I recommend a centerstand. It really is your best friend while traveling. It is worth the extra money, weight, and ground clearance issues, (which isn't much.).

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These things http://www.shermworks.com/dl650stand.html work very well, and are small enough to store on board. You can make your own but the price is too low. Don't miss the front wheel/rear wheel stand by clicking "click here".

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+1 Gumbotz; I have used the structure that holds my garage door opener motor to do the same thing. (it is well supported by 4 rafters)

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With so many issues on Center Stands, I opted for a cheap rear stand for regular maintenance, and the bike sits on it nightly.
Rear stand has flat pads that sit under the Swingarm. Very Secure and easy to use once you have done it once..
The Home Made pipe stand I use for Front end issues and major work. $89 from Lowes

I am doing a similar thing right now with my own bike. Story HERE.


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I like the center stand on my 1000. The weght isnt noticable and i've never had an issue with clerance and i love to lean it way over in the corners. Cheers

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I like the center stand on my 1000. The weght isnt noticable and i've never had an issue with clerance and i love to lean it way over in the corners. Cheers

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Hey crash, where do you live in New Brunswick?

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