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Ok, I just got my new Vortex bike stands from Speedwerks....Big thumbs up to Laura and crew for the price, service and everything else!!!!

However, the instructions that come with these stands are pretty much freakin' useless for anyone that has never dealt with bikes and stands before. Can anyone here please explain how in the hell you're supposed to get the bike on/off of the rear stand?!!! Is it even possible to do this by yourself?

I'm trying very hard not to blow my top and throw my nice, shiny stand across the garage after my bike tipped to the right while trying to work with the stand and fell over:cursin: :cursin: (against the wall, so no significant damage or anything, thankfully)

TIA everyone and thanks again to Speedwerks for great service and a nice quality product!!
 

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Here's a tip: Get someone to help the first couple times, just to stand there on the opposite side of the kickstand and keep and eye on things. Grab a chunk of wood or something to stick under the kickstand, so it is almost level... Keep one hand on the right side of the tail section, you you keep it leaning towards the kick stand side. Or Have the friend do this. Then line the spools up with the spots they rest in (if it is spool style, if not just line up the pegs as best as you can under the swingarm, and push down. The bike comes up pretty easy...

To get it down, put the side stand down, push on the right side of the tail again, and ease it back down. You have all the control with the actual stand til the tire is all the back on the ground, then just make sure it leans down to the kickstand side, not the other.
 

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Thanks POD. The wood idea's a good one...I'm not always going to have an extra "hand" when I need to jack the bike up, so any help I can get in figuring out how to do it solo helps! :)
 

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Putting it on the stand ....

Have the stand nearby :)

Since you have a kickstand .... leave it down. Position yourself next to the tail of the bike, pick it up off the kickstand so it's leaning against you and almost vertical... it won't run away. Reach down, position the stand under the swingarm and put some tension on the stand as you stand the bike up fully vertical - it's a little tricky, but you do get used to it - as long as you have pressure on the stand handle, it'll catch the bike and the bike won't fall over. Now put the bike fully on the stand.

Taking it off the stand ...

Put your foot in front of the stand wheel ... push the bike forward. The stand will kick out from under the bike. Makes a loud noise, but everything is fine :)

- Roach
 

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If you have a strap that runs across the passenger seat, simply grab the strap and pick the bike up and balance it using the strap. Have the stand in place to get ready and put pressure down on it as soon as the bike is standing straight up. Its not hard to hold in place and the stand will hold the bike as soon as some pressure is applied even before its off the ground. A little practice, you'll be AIGHT! :luck:
 

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Do you have spools on your bike?

I pit bitched for my friend once... if you cant figure it out you really suck and should give me your bike :lol:

You just push the thingy under the thingy and push down and the bike pops up for the back stands...

for the front ones you just push the thingy under the thingy and push down and the bike pops up

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: get it?!!
 

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XtremeRacingDiva said:
Do you have spools on your bike?

I pit bitched for my friend once... if you cant figure it out you really suck and should give me your bike :lol:

You just push the thingy under the thingy and push down and the bike pops up for the back stands...

for the front ones you just push the thingy under the thingy and push down and the bike pops up

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: get it?!!
That definitely clears things up... :lol:
 

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I think you all are making it more difficult! G! Just have somebody stand next to your bike when you do it till you get the hang of it. I can throw my bike on the rear stand in about 3 seconds flat!

With the bike on the kickstand. Straighten the front wheel! Roll the stand under the spools... you will only be able to touch the left spool, sense it's closer to the ground (cause the bike is leaning over). Start to push the bike up with that spool. Use your other hand to steady the bike, as you aim the right side of the stand under the right side spool. This may require you to kinda twist the stand or roll it forward on the right side to get under the right side spool.

Once you get contact on both spools you are holding the bike up with the stand. Now simply roll/throw the stand down and the bike will go up!

Don't worry you'll get the hang of it! Till then have somebody helo you!
 

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XRD: Oh yeah, clear as mud now, thanks :) And no, you can't have my bike. Besides, bright blue with your pink gear? I think people might :puke: hehe

Part of the problem I'm having with it is that I DON'T yet have rear spools so I'm trying to get it up on the rollers and I'm just having an issue with getting them lined up properly. Getting the bike more upright will make it easier to get the placement down. That and I "suppose" I should go order the rear spools next :p

Thanks again all!
 

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Then does your stand have the flat feet? If so my way still works the same...
 

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Guideon72 said:
XRD: Oh yeah, clear as mud now, thanks :) And no, you can't have my bike. Besides, bright blue with your pink gear? I think people might :puke: hehe
:skep: I got crayons and markers I would color over the blue paint! :whistle:

your welcome :luck: :smash: :hug:
 

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XtremeRacingDiva said:
I am glad someone posted this thread going to get my bike stands today with my canyon dancers!!

YAY!! WOOT WOOT!! :crazy:

"canyon dancers" as in Christie Canyon the porn star? LOL :bash:
 

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Yeah Gas, your way still works fine. :dthumb: I just think it would be easier to line up my contact points with the spools on there, patience is NOT one of my stronger virtues unfortunately. I'll just have to work on my technique...

XRD: Where do you shop for crayons? CostCo?! :D Good luck with your stands, too :) What kind are you getting? :hug:
 

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XRD: Where do you shop for crayons? CostCo?! :D Good luck with your stands, too :) What kind are you getting? :hug:
Costco? What the hell... is that like a Tiffany's for Diamonds as Costco for Cayons? LOL I get mines from Toys R Us...crayola... I went all out YEAH BOI!!!!!!!!!! :whistle:

I am getting pit bulls :D :hug: :hug: :hug:
 

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XtremeRacingDiva said:
Costco? What the hell... is that like a Tiffany's for Diamonds as Costco for Cayons?

LOL...No, out her they are a chain of bulk buying stores where you can buy all sorts of stuff but it usually comes in MASSIVE quantities....PostIt notes in packs of 60 or 2 gal jugs of mayo, that sort of thing...

Nice! I'll show you mine if you show me yours ;) Pics of bike and stands coming soon because as we all know, according to Gas:

:nopicsbs:

hehe
 

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Yeah Yeah...Pit Bull stands are AWESOME!!
 

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Well, I think I've got it now. If I throw the case for my socket wrench under the kickstand before I get going it levels the rear out and makes it MUCH easier to get the rollers lined up.


Anyway, here are some quick snaps of the bike and the stands. The focus sucks since I didn't have time to really set the camera up before work
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