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Old 12-19-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Default So how do I do this without a centerstand?

I'm guessing that the simplicity of the answer will amaze/embarass me. I've never owned a bike without a centerstand. Some of the bikes I'm considering for the "next" bike either don't have an aftermarket centerstand available or the Eri... uh concept of centralized mass design exhaust system, preclude the use of a centerstand. So how do you perform chain, wheel, tire or shock maintenance ect.... without buying stand or when your on the road?
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:20 PM   #2
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Rear-wheel stand. Generally run around $100 last time I priced them.

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Old 12-19-2007, 05:23 PM   #3
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Yup their not expensive. But I'm not going to carry one around with me when I go somewhere. It is the common sense answer at home.
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:25 PM   #4
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I'm guessing that the simplicity of the answer will amaze/embarass me. I've never owned a bike without a centerstand. Some of the bikes I'm considering for the "next" bike either don't have an aftermarket centerstand available or the Eri... uh concept of centralized mass design exhaust system, preclude the use of a centerstand. So how do you perform chain, wheel, tire or shock maintenance ect.... without buying stand or when your on the road?
Like vermicious said rear stand is good to have for a lot of those.

If your on the road and need to lube or adjust your chain you can probably have a buddy tip your bike up on the side stand lifting the rear wheel off the ground.

For shock maintenance, removing the swing arm etc. or anything that like that that will make using the rear stand impossible get a hoist, some straps and some 2x4's and you can hold the bike up with the hoist inside a garage. That's how I do it if I'm removing the forks, or changing the steering head barring etc.
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:39 PM   #5
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Aerostich has your answer. At this page you will find a couple of stands that you can pack along for just that use.
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I've got a lift at home so major work isn't an issue. See I knew it was simple.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:27 PM   #7
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I missed the parts where you said "without buying a stand" and "when you're on the road"
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:37 PM   #8
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Simple. If you are going to do long distance riding that will require on the road maintenance buy a different bike.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:48 PM   #9
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Do your maintenance before you leave?.....

I bolted two pieces of a 2x6 plank together and bolted a 4 ft piece of 1 in. pipe to it for the Snarley Davidson, works great and cost about $30 at Home Depot. Just slide it under the frame and use the pipe to lever it up.
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:15 PM   #10
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I just got chain issues. At home I clean and lube every week, aprox 500 miles when it's not winter. Last chain went 20k before I noticed some kinks. When not at home I still like to lube every 500 and it has served me well. Would I like a interstate eating non chain drive bike? You bet. Not in the cards right now. Hoping to make that a retirement present to myself. I am a big fan of preventative maintenance, that's what winter is for. Prep'n everything so that nothing goes wrong next spring. And waiting for someone to trade in something that I'm looking for at the dealerships locally.
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