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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle stand...

I was curious what you all use for a stand...if any. I always thought it was convenient to have the bike standing straight up when cleaning or servicing it. Right now I have a Craftsman ATV lift but its quite the chore just to set it up. I am sure there are other options..what do you use?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 08:41 AM
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First things first, bike looks awesome! When I had my Shadow, I tried to use my Craftsman ATV jack but the engine was lower than the frame. I ended up using a regular floor jack with one hand holding the bars, other on jack I was able to raise the rear to slide some wood under the frame with my foot. Sounds like a PIA but was actually pretty easy and put the bike up straight for maintenance and cleaning.

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comment...yours looks good as well!
I have not used the ATV jack for this bike yet...now knowing it may not fit makes me want to find something else soon. I used it on an SV650 and it was difficult but possible.
Having the bike straight up and down is soooo helpful for cleaning and service!! I may just give your suggestion a try.
My wife just bought a Honda Shadow VLX 600 so finding some sort of stand is even more important now so she can get hers on her own....if ya know what I mean!
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For oil change use three blocks of wood. one for each wheel and one for the side stand. 2x6 works good and you can make it 2 high if you want. the bike will be stable and room for a drain pan and you wont have a jack in your way. you just ride the bike up un them.
For wheel cleaning, Harbor freight has a cleaning stand for about $40.00, it has 2 rollers, you roll the bike tire onto it then you can rotate the wheel as you clean.

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Harbor Freight? Never even thought about them. I have a local store about 50 miles from me. Good idea..thanks. My wife just registered on this forum this morning. She has now got her own Honda Shadow and I think it would be a good idea if I found a way for the bike to stand on it's own..straight up and down so she can clean it. I was instructed that I can only fix and service her bike. I am not allowed to clean it!!

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I got a front wheel chock from Harbor Freight, on sale for $30.00. Super conveinient, very stable. Motorcycle Wheel Chock Watch for a coupon, it's worth the wait.


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I got a front wheel chock from Harbor Freight, on sale for $30.00. Super conveinient, very stable. Motorcycle Wheel Chock Watch for a coupon, it's worth the wait.
Thanks for comment too CW. notenuftime, forgot about that route, might look into one also.

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Is the chock a suitable replacement for a center stand? Like for an oil change?
Also can the oil be changed and fluids checked while the bike is just on the side stand?


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I was instructed that I can only fix and service her bike. I am not allowed to clean it!!
Remember that when you get greasy handprints on the bike from servicing it. If she complains, tell her that she made it clear that cleaning it was her job. LOL!

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My sons are now old enough to drive themselves where they need to go, so I sold my car and bought a
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16 months later it was backed over while it was parked and it was totaled.

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Yep...point has been made about that! She is just excited about having here own bike now....

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