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Of course you can place a weight on the rear carrier to lift the front wheel off the floor, I prefer to use stands at the front of the bike.

I'll try to describe my method with pictures, I had previously built these stands for my tubular frame Kawasaki ZR-7, so some slight modifications were necessary.

Pic 1/ shows the 50mm (2 inch ) block that goes under the front wheel + the timber stands and the 10mm axle which passes through the lower end of the engine...look for hole, I drilled out the hole to 12mm with the intention of using a larger diameter axle.
 

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Pic 2/

Axle and stands, showing the cut out on the stand for engine clearance. I filed a half round groove in the stand tops to locate the axle.

At this stage with Suzi on the centrestand, place the 50mm block under the front tyre and then put the stands and axle in position
 

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I just shove a jack with a piece of wood under the engine. I'm just tilting the bike not levering the universe.
With my new bash plate it will be more easier.
 

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Personally I prefer to get a buxom blonde in a topless bikini to sit on the pillion seat......it works a treat for getting the front wheel off the ground.

But then I forget why I was working on the bike in the first place. :biggrinjester:
 

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Personally I prefer to get a buxom blonde in a topless bikini to sit on the pillion seat......it works a treat for getting the front wheel off the ground.
Same method for me, imagine that! But I usually end up with the eye bolt in the post method, somewhat unfortunately. :confused:
 

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I wedged a scrap of 2x4 between the crashbars and the floor to pull my front forks. This particular scrap was even stained an had a mortise cut in it:

 

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I put a preventer strap pulling forward on the centerstand to keep it from folding when I'm pulling or pushing on a wrench, and a floor jack under the bash plate.
 

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When I had to replace my front tire in Bandelier NM, I used a nearby chunk of tuff underneath the engine with a scrap of bark to help distribute the weight. Worked just fine.
 

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Jacking up the front end...

I use the center stand and then I have an engine bolt from another motorcycle (about 18" long) that I put through the "extra" engine bolt hole on the bottom of the engine and use two scissor jacks (one on each side of the bolt) to raise and lower the front end. I have used this method since my SV650 days starting in 1999. Just used it a few minutes ago to put new tires on the Strom. Works great and I and lower or raise it by just turning the jacks by hand. Simple for me anyway. Now if I could just get used to re-installing the rear wheel a little easier I would be set! :headbang:

Finally ziptied the brake caliper to the swingarm and used my legs and won! I was about out of energy messing with it tonight but finally prevailed! I was beginning to wonder....

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