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First, I love this forum. You guys are awesome for not mocking the hell out of my newbie questions. So thanks! Second, if this question has been answered somewhere else, feel free to point me there but I've really tried to figure this out on my own by searching around this site and the net generally and can't. So, here goes...

I'm trying to figure out the best set up to put together to raise up my 650 (2014) to do general maintenance (I want to do most hints myself). My bike is basically stock so no crash plate underneath. And I want to be able to do a range of things. Not just spin the rear tire around but completely remove the wheel. And not just the rear but the front. And to do other stuff like lube joints etc. I'm pretty handy but don't want to have to build a complicated makeshift rig each time. I also don't need a super fancy rig. I just want something that is safe, versatile, easy to use by one person and reasonably priced. Oh and I don't use a center stand (mostly because I think a side stand is more stable for parking).

What are my options? I've seen homemade rigs. I've heard about spooled stands and swing arm stands. And lifts and rear stands and front stands and...
each of these seem to have idiosyncrasies, so of the possibilities out there what make sense for what I'm describing? It seems to me I can either get a front and a rear swing arm stand for a few hundred bucks (a bit pricey for me) or a fancy lift (again, kind of overkill it seems) or else I have to jerry rig something that might not be stable. There must be something else that is decently safe and not so expensive.
 

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If you have a center stand you can take the rear wheel off with no other stands required.

For front wheel I put a heavy load in the topcase so it sits back on the rear then put a paint can and some wood under the engine to secure it. My mechanic just ties down the rear wheel while on the centrist and to work on the front.

..Tom
 

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No center stand in my bike and like the side stand so I don't think I want to mount a center stand. Any other options for rear? Thanks!
 

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Why I love having a center stand.



You can use the side stand for everyday parking, but the center stand helps for maintenance.
 

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I'll have to agree with these other guys. For versatility a centre stand just makes sense. It's like taking your workshop stand with you on the ride. Should you have a problem on the road it alows emergency roadside maintenance as well as servicing when you are at home in your garage. By the way "Utahrider" your tie strap idea is brilliant.
 

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Ok. I'm convinced. Just ordered the oem stand. Can't wait. Had to lube the chain tonight. What a pain without any kind of stand. Thanks to all!
 

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Before I fitted a centre stand I carried a nylon tent peg with a V cut into the top and a couple of notches holding a loop of bungee cord.

With care you can put the sidestand down and slip that under a spool on the right hand side and lift the rear at least. It's not possible to do the front that way though. But lubing the chain etc yes.

I prefer the centre stand, but there are other options.

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I have a chain hoist in the rafter of the garage. You need some sort of sky hook.
two plusses for a center stand if you don't have a work space and other toys.
 

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A chain hoist will work. I have also used four heavy-duty racheting straps from roof joists to the corners of the bike. Actually, even if you use a hydraulic jack or lift it's a good idea to use straps for added stability.
 

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The attached shows the method that I use to lift my bikes. Besides the H pipe frame (front) and the spool lifter (rear), I like to place a scissor jack under the engine for stability, as well as to lower the bike gently to the ground.
The advantage is I am not limited to weather conditions as I can work either outdoors or indoors with this setup.
There is speculation of the pipe stand failing. The worst that can happen is the front wheel touch the ground with some force, hence the use of the scissor jack.
 

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