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post #1 of 61 Old 04-20-2006, 07:29 PM
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Cleaning and lubing the chain.

I have cleaned and lubed my chain a few times since purchasing my bike. I have 700 miles on it now. My method for cleaning and lubing the chain is a family affair. I hold the bike on the side stand, my son rotates the back tire and my wife does the cleaning and lubing. Does anyone have a better method for just one person? I know a centerstand will make it easier, but aside from that, I'd like to hear what others are doing. I love my Wee Strom.
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post #2 of 61 Old 04-20-2006, 08:01 PM
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Re: Cleaning and lubing the chain.

Order a LoobMan or similar product. That will keep the chain lubed. I haven't cleaned my chain yet and the bike is now over a year old. It does have 20,000 plus miles on the original chain so I must be doing something correctly 8)

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I have cleaned and lubed my chain a few times since purchasing my bike. I have 700 miles on it now. My method for cleaning and lubing the chain is a family affair. I hold the bike on the side stand, my son rotates the back tire and my wife does the cleaning and lubing. Does anyone have a better method for just one person? I know a centerstand will make it easier, but aside from that, I'd like to hear what others are doing. I love my Wee Strom.

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post #3 of 61 Old 04-20-2006, 08:44 PM
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I reckon the only way to do it solo sans-centerstand is roll-lube, roll-lube, etc. My wife would tell me where to stick it if I asked her to help lube my chain so a centerstand is mandatory equipment on my bikes.

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I have read on the net somewhere that a guy uses a "come-along" to lift the rear end- making the rear tire spin freely. I guess the bike was still stable but I don't know how. Center stand would be worth the money and a lot easier than lifting it with a come-along.

I do not have a centerstand and I never will, the Strom is heavy enough already. Slowly cleaning, lubing, turning, repeating isn't all that bad.

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post #5 of 61 Old 04-21-2006, 12:02 AM
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Chain lubing and adjusting is the main reason I got a center stand with the bike. The weight is down low so it isn't an issue. I primarily use it when parked in the Bat Cave. Ride On.

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post #6 of 61 Old 04-21-2006, 10:08 AM
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Does anyone out there use a race stand as opposed to the mounted centerstand for bike maintenance? I am considering getting one as it doesn't impact cornering while I ride but will hold the bike vertical with the rear wheel off the ground for maintaining it.

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This is what I use. http://www.motorcycleradar.com/quick_stand.htm

Cheaper and a heck of a lot lighter then a centerstand.

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I had used a piece of 4X4 cut to the appropriate length on one side and the side stand on the other. Recently I got a race stand (goes under the swing arm, push down, bike goes up) for $50, guy has a shop, had too many stands, sold it cheap instead of leaving it in a back room. Now I need some swingarm spools and I am set.

Albie, the quickstand looks good, I think on this board or the VStrom Forum someone made something like that using 3" PVC pipe.

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post #9 of 61 Old 04-21-2006, 06:17 PM
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This may be straying OT but has anyone found or fabricated a stand to raise the front of the bike for front wheel/fork related projects?

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BJH,

I use a race stand with my Strom, I've had it for years, so I haven't bothered getting a centrestand. It works great! It's no problem at all to put the bike on it by yourself, even with loaded panniers and topbox. I pretty much park the bike that way every night, it makes a bit more room in the garage, and the cat likes to be able to sleep on the seat without sliding off the left side all the time.....

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