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black dog
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 17:51 pm    Post subject: Probably a dim question, but ... Reply with quote

...how TF does everybody get one wheel or other in the air for basic maintenance stuff? After a week of p*ssing weather I wanted to give the chain a bit of a lube (after washing my pride and joy this morning) but ended up spraying a section, pushing the bike along a few feet and spraying more until I had done it all.

With my XT350 I managed by lugging it onto a wooden box, resting on the lower frame rails. I could select back or front wheel free by carefully moving the balance point of the box. But a) the 660 is too effin heavy to do that on my own, and b) the lowest part of the centre of the bike is the exhaust pipes. Not ideal.

Any solutions from the group? We surely don't all take it back to the dealership for a simple chain adjustment, now do we?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 21:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stand on the left side of the bike (where the clutch is).Try to lift the bike from the opposite corner of the handlebar (throttle). Use your foot to stop the stand from slipping forward or closing !!! Confused

Remove the gear before doing that . . . Laughing Laughing

the second person now can do the job !!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 22:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need a "said husband" hahahahahahahahaha
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 0:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

buy a paddock stand you tight git Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

strat wrote:
tight git Laughing



Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lady P wrote:
You need a "said husband" hahahahahahahahaha


Every home should have one. (Or that's what I keep telling my wife.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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buy a paddock stand you tight git Laughing

strat.


Thank you strat for that wise comment. Very Happy Seems like the best solution.

A centre stand is a lot of money and adds a lot of weight, so no thanks very much.

Theo - great suggestion, but it requires a glamorous assistant. Not that Mrs Dog isn't glamorous - she is - but I can't see her volunteering!

As to "tight git" - guilty as charged, m'lud.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 16:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paddock stand - any recommendations?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 21:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got ours from Infinity Motorax make it, not expensive and great for the bike, fits on the swinging arm a treat.....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 21:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lady P wrote:
Got ours from Infinity Motorax make it, not expensive and great for the bike, fits on the swinging arm a treat.....


Thanks - I'll have a look.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 23:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why dont you do it yourself????

Isnt that one of the greater joys in life ???? creativity.


you will only need some alloy tube , thick enough , some skate wheels and the right drawing to make it fit to your swingarm !!!

As far as i can remeber a guy here in Hellas made it and didnt cost more than 10 !!!!

you could measure the dimensions and go to an alloy store ( dont know if you are having stores that do metal and alloy things in UK) and order to do it for you !!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you buy a rear stand,buy a front stand as well for front end maintenance Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 23:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi,

don"t know for sure if the xt has plates/holes on the frame,where the centerstand is to be mounted,(I have an MT-03),but I made a simple stand at that spot,easy to connect and disconnect with one bolt without thread,very stable,and easy lift for front and back .Far more easy than a paddockstand,because you can stand beside tehe bike to lift it,the same way as a fixed centerstand,good luck
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 15:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, sorted. This tight git went and splashed out on a paddock stand from the local accessory superstore. It's the Oxford one, rear wheel, silver/blue. Nice looking, went together easily enough, and seems to do the job. It was a bit fiddly to get the cradles adjusted right (bearing in mind that Mrs Dog is in hospital today and can't help) but after that I got the chain done in about 30 sec. Total 30GBP - pretty good value, I would say.

Thanks for the advice, folks.

(I also sprung for a pair of Sidi Black Rain Evo waterproof boots, as the old Frank Thomases were so old and saggy they were more like clowns' shoes. They look and fit great - I'll be testing them next week. Will report back.)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 19:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BD can you put up a photo of your boots as I am after a new pair of sidi's.... Fanx
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