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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-05-2007, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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bike on stands, almost a disaster.

took my bike off the stands today to move it around a bit and give myself more room to put in my air filter, and get ready to chg my oil this weekend. its always a bitch for me to get the damn thing up on stands, and today i almost dropped the poor thing tryin to get it up on the rear stand.

How do you guys get your bike up on 4 all by your lonesome. is there any trick that i've never figured out, cause every time seems like a close call.
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What type of stands are you using? I've never really had a problem. I have a Front Head Lift stand which I do first and then the rear stand.
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The forward handle stands seem to work well for me.....puts you next to the bike during the lift.

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I line up the rear stand to the spools as best I can with the bike still on the kickstand. You only have to get the right spool lined up with the stand as the left is too low when on the kickstand.
I then lean over the bikes tail section, looking down at the left spool, holding onto the subframe behind the gastank with my right hand, to adjust the level of leaning the bike is doing.
Once I've got it straight up and down, with my left hand I reach down to the rear stand and jack it up on the stand. It's still always an "oh chit" moment because I know what could happen.
Might be very hard for anyone not very tall, I have long arms so holding onto the bike, scooting the stand a little while lining up and jacking it up isn't much of a problem. If you can't reach that far you should just get a friend to help.

After the rear is up the front triple tree stand is simple, just be sure to put a towel or blanket over the front fender as it can easily get scratched.


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ive just got some basic stands. nothing fancy.

rear stand
front stand

getting the front up is never a problem
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to put mine up on the rear stand I set a piece of a 2x4 under the kick stand. This sets the bike up almost level. Then I just liine up my rear stand under the swingarm n lift er up. To get my bike off the rear stand by myself I place my foot in front of the stands wheel to keep it from rolling forward, and roll my bike forward off the stand. The stand does flop up n hit my tag but hasnt hurt anything yet.
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actually had that idea myself, but wasnt sure if the stand would crack my bike while bringing it down myself. i'll give it a try getting it up though.
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actually had that idea myself, but wasnt sure if the stand would crack my bike while bringing it down myself. i'll give it a try getting it up though.
I have done just the opposite of how I put it up too, but I usually just do as I described b4.
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so do you put up the rear first or the front stand first?
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How do you guys get your bike up on 4 all by your lonesome. is there any trick that i've never figured out, cause every time seems like a close call.
I don't have a front stand. And I got an El Cheapo rear stand for $90 from Cycle gear. I also don't have spools and have to use the rear swingarm. Plus I'm on a sloped garage with a coating of garage sealer over it.

But what I had to do was put a decent rubberband around the front break and a then a board below the kickstand. The board didn't exactly keep it even but it worked.

The only problem is the bike wants to slide sometimes. If I have to get pushing around on the rear.


I do wish I spent the extra $50 and got one of those Pitbull stands or whatever those magnesium looking ones are. I will get the one that holds the tripple tree when I get a front.

Also another thing you can try is get a couple of friends over. And practice putting the bike on the stands with them around. That way if you mess up they can catch it and you can repeat until you get comfortable doing it on your own.
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so do you put up the rear first or the front stand first?
I dont have a front stand yet, unfortunately.
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ah no prob. its easy as hell to get the front on cause you can grap the handlebars.


ironpony has my front stand on sale for like fiddy bones, helluva great deal for how well the stand works.
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to put mine up on the rear stand I set a piece of a 2x4 under the kick stand. This sets the bike up almost level. Then I just liine up my rear stand under the swingarm n lift er up.
I put the rear on the stand the same way. A rough concrete floor makes it more difficult, since the stand kind of snags, but that 2x4 is perfect. To get it down, I just flip the side stand down, grab the back of the seat to steady the bike, and lift the handle with my hand slowly. Goes right back on two, then leans neatly onto the side stand.

Front stand is always last! The rear stand must be in before you lift the front. I have T-Rex stands set up to lift under the triple. Just straighten the front wheel, sneak the pin in between the headlight and front fender. Line the pin up, and make sure it goes in all the way. Make sure the rubber lower part of the stand clears the brakes, and lift same as the rear. The bike will tend to roll a bit, but not far, and the rearstand moves clean. Don't forget to remove the rubber seal under the triple!

I had a minor issue with my rear stand a while ago. One axle shaft is welded slightly off center, so one wheel would drag. I took the c-clip off, took the wheel to the grinder, and used the wire wheel to remove a little material. Now it's perfect, and cost way less than pit bull stands. I'm talking $160 for a rearstand, frontstand, and triple attachment. Solid stands with good powdercoat.

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I don't have a front stand. And I got an El Cheapo rear stand for $90 from Cycle gear. I also don't have spools and have to use the rear swingarm. Plus I'm on a sloped garage with a coating of garage sealer over it.

But what I had to do was put a decent rubberband around the front break and a then a board below the kickstand. The board didn't exactly keep it even but it worked.

The only problem is the bike wants to slide sometimes. If I have to get pushing around on the rear.


I do wish I spent the extra $50 and got one of those Pitbull stands or whatever those magnesium looking ones are. I will get the one that holds the tripple tree when I get a front.

Also another thing you can try is get a couple of friends over. And practice putting the bike on the stands with them around. That way if you mess up they can catch it and you can repeat until you get comfortable doing it on your own.
$90 for one stand ain't so cheap. I carry the MotoGP front and Rear set for $125 which is a decent set. I would have to say the best quality stands I have seen are either the DMP Aluminum or Pitbull stands. These are the MotoGP stands

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$90 for one stand ain't so cheap. I carry the MotoGP front and Rear set for $125 which is a decent set. I would have to say the best quality stands I have seen are either the DMP Aluminum or Pitbull stands. These are the MotoGP stands

Check out T-Rex stands.

But anything is better than the overpriced chit at a local Zuk dealer. $150 for a rearstand that looks cheaper than that motogp.

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my stands match my bike, thats all i care about.
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Put it up on the rear stand first. With that type of front stand it can fall over if you only do the front and the bars turn. Use a 2x4 under the kickstand to get it almost level, then keep your hand on the tail and keep pressure on it pushing it towards the kickstand, that will keep it from falling. Then work your stand with the other hand.

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or just put the bike on the kick stand, bring the stand under need from behind, and slowly lift it up until the left side comes into contact with the swingarm, when it makes contact apply steady pressure on it, it will straighten the bike up, and when the bike is almost upright the right side will make contact with the swing arm, viola, just lift it up the rest of the way and your rear is set, and the front should be butter from there never had much of a problem



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post #20 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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thats what i've always done, and the whole experience is just an "OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD moment"...

i'll be gettin a new body this spring hopefully so i guess this is the time to start practicing


(btw i was kidding bout matching my bike )
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