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Any tricks to bike maintenance without the centerstand? Planning my first long distance ride of about 2000 miles, give or take. The plan is to travel light and stay in motels. Chain maintenance is my primary concern. Should I get the centerstand now or are there options?

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There are a lot of options. Oiler systems, small portable stands, center stands, or the old push method. I would invest in a center stand regardless. These machines should come with them stock IMHO.

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Loobman? an interesting option... what about the oil spray-off? I am partial to dry lube (Dupont Teflon is the current favorite). Also wouldn't using the gear oil attract dirt and as such accelerate the wear on the chain o-rings?
 

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If you can find some assistance, it is possible to stand on the side-stand side of the bike, and pull on the bars, and back passenger grab-bar to lever the rear wheel off the ground, and have your friend roll the wheel backwards while applying the lube. Or do the spray, move bike 1', spray, move bike 1', spray, repeat as required.
 

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Get a centerstand, use the $40 you saved by not buying the loobman towards it.

The loobman is a simple low tech item that, for me, did not stay put on washboard gravel roads. I sold mine for $5 instead of just throwing it out.
 

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I think i'll pass on the loobman. So I am down to centerstand or just spray and roll technick :) . Trying to think about other use cases for a centerstand besides chain lubing. Would it make working on the front wheel possible (as in tilting the bike back on the centerstand)? I am thinking about patching the front tire primarily.
 

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I use my center stand for maintenance. Chain and other. I have removed the front wheel by putting weight on the back of the bike, and 4X4 under Amotostuff skid plate.
 

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I would buy the centerstand (as a matter of fact I just did:mrgreen: ).

Besides chain maintenance: makes checking front tire pressure easier (can rotate the wheel to where the valve stem is easy to get to), checking rear tire pressure is a piece of cake, makes loading the bike easier (I've seen two bikes pushed over to the right while shutting the left side case), plugging tires on the road will be easier, easier to park in garage on centerstand (for those of us with small garages).

Just my opinion, but I really like centerstands!
 

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Get some 3/4" PVC and velcro this size.

Lock the front brake like this.

Place the PVC like this.

From the right side push the bike over against the side stand and slip the PVC under to support. Lube chain.
 

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Awesome trick, Clyde. The only con to this that I can see is that the VStrom is leaning toward the chain side, which makes the chain a bit harder to reach. I will definitely experiment with your PVC trick before the trip. I would also imagine that by attaching a stable base to the PVC tube one could easily duplicate the function of the shermworks stands.
 

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Scottoiler's the way to go

I have done over 100k touring miles with a Scottoiler on my FJ12. It had a centrestand.

My Wee has a centrestand. It also has a Scottoiler...

Check it out on: http://www.scottoiler.com/
 

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After you have a centerstand for awhile you will wonder how you got along without one.And this comes from a man who lives by (keep it simple&form follows function).
 
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