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Hi Guy’s,
Is it necessary to raise the bike to remove the center stand ( manual ).
If it is, any clever ideas how to support the bike.

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post #2 of 20 Old Mar 3rd, 2014, 7:47 pm
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Re: Center Stand

I used my motorcycle trailer, rode up onto it, tied down the front by going around the fork legs then placed a trolley jack under the belly pan to raise the rear wheel approximately 150 mm (6"). Packed the wheel up on wooden blocks, remove jack. Remove the stand assembly complete. Be careful to properly route all wiring and connection plugs on re-assembly.

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Before I bought a steel one I made a wooden Chock to hold the bike for stand removal. As long as the front wheel is captured the bike will stay up.
The challenge was making the sides such that they touched the tires but cleared the brake rotors.
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Thanks guy's,
I really like the wooden chock - might give that a go.

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Hi Defaoite

John's wooden chock looks very clever, but if you find making it is too big a project for you, I can highly recommend this:

http://www.on-bike.com/products_bikegrab.htm

The company is nothing to do with me, I just own one these, and find it very useful.

Reversing onto it can be a bit tricky as it's difficult to see your rear wheel round the bike's big ass, but once you are lined up, the tyre slots in and the bike is super secure.

Good luck

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Before I bought a steel one I made a wooden Chock to hold the bike for stand removal. As long as the front wheel is captured the bike will stay up.
The challenge was making the sides such that they touched the tires but cleared the brake rotors.
Darned clever John.


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Darned clever John.
I thought so too but I tossed it when I got a Baxley chock. I did enjoy building it and tweaking it to make it work.

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Nice wood work and finishing John.

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Hi Defaoite

John's wooden chock looks very clever, but if you find making it is too big a project for you, I can highly recommend this:

http://www.on-bike.com/products_bikegrab.htm

The company is nothing to do with me, I just own one these, and find it very useful.

Reversing onto it can be a bit tricky as it's difficult to see your rear wheel round the bike's big ass, but once you are lined up, the tyre slots in and the bike is super secure.

Good luck



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Thanks Nick,
That bikegrab really looks the part - I have gone ahead and made a wooden stabilizer for now. Might consider the bikegrab for future servicing of the main stand.

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post #10 of 20 Old Mar 13th, 2014, 10:39 am
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Re: Center Stand

I like to flip the foot pegs over and use automotive jack-stands

I know this is probably a little late but good luck
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OK guys, just an update on my original post.
I ended up supporting the bike using timber props secured to the bike using L-Brackets bolted to the tank mount as can be seen in the photo. Worked out well – very secure.
I removed the Centre Stand and Side Stand by undoing the 4 Bolts securing them to the main frame.
Found this much easier then applying heat to the Main Stand pivot bolts under the bike.
I ended up replacing the pivot bolts, Bushings and springs for new ones as they are not expensive.
I got a local engineering company to weld the Main Stand to strengthen it and power coated the whole assembly.
The bike goes up on the stand much easier than before – don’t know if that’s due to the new Hypro springs or the new Bushings.
Thanks for all the advice.
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Clever support set up and great solution to the stand issue. I am sure the new pivots helped.

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Before I bought a steel one I made a wooden Chock to hold the bike for stand removal. As long as the front wheel is captured the bike will stay up.
The challenge was making the sides such that they touched the tires but cleared the brake rotors.
Very ingenious
John not only are you 'Mechanic Extraodinaire' you would make one Heck of a carpenter. I am pretty good at wood working but I must have a model to work from. You would not have the patent on the blue print would you
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Correction John
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I should have addressed you properly
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OK guys, just an update on my original post.
I ended up supporting the bike using timber props secured to the bike using L-Brackets bolted to the tank mount as can be seen in the photo. Worked out well – very secure.
I removed the Centre Stand and Side Stand by undoing the 4 Bolts securing them to the main frame.
Found this much easier then applying heat to the Main Stand pivot bolts under the bike.
I ended up replacing the pivot bolts, Bushings and springs for new ones as they are not expensive.
I got a local engineering company to weld the Main Stand to strengthen it and power coated the whole assembly.
The bike goes up on the stand much easier than before – don’t know if that’s due to the new Hypro springs or the new Bushings.
Thanks for all the advice.
Quite an accomplishment
Was this preventative work or a casual project? And what year is your bike I am guessing pre-hydraulic center stand. Anyway it looked like a pretty nifty job. You too were pure genius with the stand. A video of it all would have been certainly deserving of 'best weekend working' award.
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Quite an accomplishment
Was this preventative work or a casual project? And what year is your bike I am guessing pre-hydraulic center stand. Anyway it looked like a pretty nifty job. You too were pure genius with the stand. A video of it all would have been certainly deserving of 'best weekend working' award.
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Hi Bill
Yes this was preventative work. I saw a lot of main stand failures on the forum and decided to strengthen the main stand while I was refurbishing it.
My bike is 1999 - 29,000 miles -
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OK guys, just an update on my original post.
I ended up supporting the bike using timber props secured to the bike using L-Brackets bolted to the tank mount as can be seen in the photo. Worked out well – very secure.
I removed the Centre Stand and Side Stand by undoing the 4 Bolts securing them to the main frame.
Found this much easier then applying heat to the Main Stand pivot bolts under the bike.
I ended up replacing the pivot bolts, Bushings and springs for new ones as they are not expensive.
I got a local engineering company to weld the Main Stand to strengthen it and power coated the whole assembly.
The bike goes up on the stand much easier than before – don’t know if that’s due to the new Hypro springs or the new Bushings.
Thanks for all the advice.
Sure is pretty now, very nice work! Thanks for posting the project.

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I am sure with your level of mechanical skill as the "ME" and now we see that you are a Master Carpenter you should build a LT out of wood. The FD will be a challenge but I have faith in you. I would like to see it finished in gun stock oak.
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I would just have to find a way to keep the termites out of it.

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When I did mine I used 3 2x4s and a brick. Make sure each one is long enough to accommodate the one above it and stack them on top of each other. Space them so as u back the bike (use reverse) up unto them you are only backing on one at a time. Have the brick on the floor so it can be reached with your left foot. Once you r up on the third tier take your left foot and locate the brick under the side stand. When that is done u will have enough clearance to manually pull the stand down so u can remove the nut from the shaft. Once that is done just pull the stand back and the end of the shaft will clear the pivot hole and it will b ready for removal. It sounds crazy but once u have the bike upon the 3rd 2x4 and the side stand on the brick it is very stable. I've had to do it on more than one occasion. Main thing is if doing alone make sure you can reach the brick with ur foot.
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