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My '03. On its center stand.

Yeah, so I read through this thread and was finally able to get the bike up-- after getting the wife to help me lift it off the bicycle it "leaned" against my first attempt. It didn't come as easy for me as it did for others. Whatever. (Technically it's not a tip if it doesn't touch the ground or floor, right??)

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42520

Now, the first and last time I attempted to get this petite 2-wheeler off the stand it ended up as a misplaced lawn ornament. So my basic question is this: should I be on or off the bike when I get it back on its two wheels? I really don't need a hyperventilating wife again.

Now I'm going to go figure out how to pull the front wheel so I can get the tire replaced.
 

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I think the owner's manual shows being off the bike when getting it off the centerstand. Not a good idea in my opinion. Get on and rock it forward. Be sure she's in neutral or that you are squeezing the clutch. That'll cause a dirt nap from the sudden stop.

Removing the front wheel isn't too bad. You have to remove the front fender, 4 bolts. Loosen the calipers and rock them back and forth on the rotors to push the pistons back, then hang them on pieces of wire or cut coat hangers. Loosen, but don't remove the pinch bolts from the fork tubes. Loosen and remove the axle bolt, then pull the axle out the other side. Note the location of the grease cup and spacer.

When putting it all back together, the torque values are:

Pinch bolts - 21Nm
Axle - 30Nm
Caliper mounting bolts - 40Nm

Bolt the wheel into the forks, but don't tighten the pinch bolts yet. Mount the calipers and squeeze the lever to reset the pads. Press down on the forks several times, then tighten the pinch bolts. Reinstall the fender and you're all set.

Hope this helps.
 

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As fate would have it, my daughter called to be picked up and insisted I take the bike. Getting it off the stand was a cinch. Heck, getting it back on the stand just now wasn't too bad, either, using my left foot.

Thanks for the info on removing and installing the wheel, particularly the torque specs. It all looks really straight-forward.
 

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So were you sittin' on it or standin' beside it when she came off the stand? I would NEVER take the bike off the centerstand standing beside it. Just a couple degrees too much list toward the side you're standing on and you'd be flat as a pancake! Nope! Not me! Ill sit on the seat and make funny little rude motions toward the "tank" until she pops forward off the stand. At leas if disaster strikes you can get out of the way.

Loren

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As fate would have it, my daughter called to be picked up and insisted I take the bike. Getting it off the stand was a cinch. Heck, getting it back on the stand just now wasn't too bad, either, using my left foot.

Thanks for the info on removing and installing the wheel, particularly the torque specs. It all looks really straight-forward.
 

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Hi Stu,

Practice on getting the bike up on the stand will get you to a point that you will find it easy. I cannot reach the ground to get mine off the center stand if I have rear shock pre-load cranked in. I always put the side stand down, move my right hip against the bike and rock it forward keeping it leaning slightly toward me. Then if it decides to come over further, you can catch it with the side stand.

When replacing the front axle, make sure it slides freely from side to side. You should not have to force it into the left fork.
 

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I always got off the stand while on the bike. My leg muscles are stronger than my arm muscles.
Jim
 

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So were you sittin' on it or standin' beside it when she came off the stand?
On it. Just rocked it and it came right off. Yeah, the day I first got the bike I was under some hallucinogen that I should be next to it. What was I thinking??
 

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I was at Lone Star BMW the other day before they opened and I watched in admiration (OK, it was awe) while the guys rolled the new bikes outside for display. They would walk up to the side of each bike (including a couple of LT's), smoothly push them forward off the center stand, and roll them out the door. No stopping and thinking, no wobbling, no drama of any kind. It looked like they were pushing 10-speed bikes around.

It looked almost as if they did it every day. ;)

I have never had the courage or skill to do that with the FJR, much less the LT. I always straddle them first. I have the advantage of long legs so it's pretty easy just to rock them forward.

Some day I may enlist some spotters and see if I can learn to do it from the side. I think it would be cool to be that adept with the bike.

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Jim E
99 LT
07 FJR
 
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