Center Stand and Removing Both Wheels
I recently bought a 2013 DL650 from a friend, which stock tires are pretty much at the end of their life (or a little beyond, in the case of the rear). After reading many posts in this forum, I decided to buy a center stand, which is on its way—it doesn't look like I'll have any trouble installing that. A nearby Cycle Gear will fit new tires for $25/wheel if I buy from them, and as it seems that's the least desirable maintenance task on any bike, I'm inclined to pay them for the trouble. All that remains for me will be removing the wheels and hauling them over to the shop for the refit—and, of course, reattaching them.
Now, having read the very brief section in the owner's manual on removing the wheels, and stared at my bike for a while, I think I'd like to hear how other people have done this, instead of relying on my ability to get myself into trouble. Does the order matter (front before rear, or vice versa)? Should I avoid resting either wheel-less end on the ground by using my car's jack or some cinder blocks? Do I actually need the special axle removal tool (mentioned in the owner's manual) for the front wheel? If so, where should I get it? If not, what can I use instead?
Thanks in advance for sharing your experience.
N.B.: I do my own brakes and other routine maintenance on my car, and I'm mostly through a clutch rebuild on a simpler bike, but that's about the extent of my mechanical self-training. Bike maintenance is all new to me!