motorcycle/ATV jacks (lifts)
1) Do most v-strom owners just use a center stand to do basic maintenance including tires, chains, sprockets, etc.
2)Or is it better to buy a bike with a skid plate that will work with like a Craftsmen bike/ATV lift and strap it down to the lift with ratchet straps?
I thought I had read someplace that with a nicely-shaped skid plate (Pat Walsh, perhaps?) that is a lot easier to lift the bike up in the air, then tie it down to the lift itself. I have seen the pic of that guy who made the pipe rack that attaches to the garage wall, then crosses overhead, then comes down the other side and ends in a tee.
Sears has got a sale on motorcycle lifts, so I thought i would grab one if good for bike maintenance. I had a cheap Harbor freight that lasted for 2 years or so, worked well on my harley, but would not work on my bmw R1100RT. Thanks for any advice, appreciate it.