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Best way to support bike to repair wheel

Hello,

The title says it all, if i need to mend a wheel on the road side can i fit a centre stand or is there a way to support the swingarm opposite the kick stand, i will only have soft luggage so i cant wedge it with that.

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Hello,

The title says it all, if i need to mend a wheel on the road side can i fit a centre stand or is there a way to support the swingarm opposite the kick stand, i will only have soft luggage so i cant wedge it with that.

cheers, Nigel.
I’ve just ordered a center stand for this reason. Or, you could always let the bike sit on the swingarm or lay in on its side. The adventure motorcycling handbook and Sahara Overland uses these methods. You should get them and have a look, money well spent.

shaun

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If the bike is on its side stand you can hold the front brake on with a cable tie, push the bike over against the side stand the rear wheel will lift off the ground then find a piece off wood,tree stump,milkcrate etc and jam under the right foot peg or swing arm. You can also push the bike further over and lean against a wall or tree.
I often use this method and my bike has not fallen yet but if you are worried about paint work etc then maybe get a centre stand. You may have to remove any luggage while leaning bike over.
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If the bike is on its side stand you can hold the front brake on with a cable tie, push the bike over against the side stand the rear wheel will lift off the ground then find a piece off wood,tree stump,milkcrate etc and jam under the right foot peg or swing arm. You can also push the bike further over and lean against a wall or tree.
I often use this method and my bike has not fallen yet but if you are worried about paint work etc then maybe get a centre stand. You may have to remove any luggage while leaning bike over.

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Wood, rocks, deer antlers, large bottles, etc...
Many bikes can be tied off to a post, raising either the front or rear wheel. This is how I usually change my tires while on the road.

All else fails...lay 'er down.
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Thanks for the replies fellas, shaun where did you order the centre stand from and how much do they cost?

Thanks again, Nigel.
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I have found that pushing it over on the side stand, so handle rests against a tree/wall works like a charm for rear wheel.

For front wheel, place wooden block at angle against sump guard, leaning in towards the guard then start bike up, and "ride" bike forward, to raise front wheel off ground and balance on block. So far both times I have done this, I have fallen off but was told that it works, and I am unskilled...

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Thanks for the replies fellas, shaun where did you order the centre stand from and how much do they cost?

Thanks again, Nigel.
Hi Nigel

I’m not sure what you ride, I’ve got a TT600RE and I’m getting most of my stuff from….

Startseite

Price was 125 GBP Inc shipping via DHL. I could have got a few quid off this price in the UK but, the guy is doing me good deals on other bits, so I gave him the order...

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If the bike is on its side stand you can hold the front brake on with a cable tie, push the bike over against the side stand the rear wheel will lift off the ground then find a piece off wood,tree stump,milkcrate etc and jam under the right foot peg or swing arm. You can also push the bike further over and lean against a wall or tree.
I often use this method and my bike has not fallen yet but if you are worried about paint work etc then maybe get a centre stand. You may have to remove any luggage while leaning bike over.
Here is a link from the KLR650 forum for plans to make an inexpensive jackstand that will hold the bike up in just this way: $10 Trail Jack aka Quick Jack - KLR650.NET - Your Kawasaki KLR650 Resource!
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