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Old 03-28-2010, 04:14 PM   #1
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Airhead rear tire removal with luggage racks

Hey, does anyone know how to easily remove the rear tire of a /7 with luggage racks? Normally I just hoist or jack the bike up to create the additional clearance needed, but if I find my self with a flat out in the great nowhere, what is the solution? Maybe remove the front tire and tip the bike onto the forks? or perhaps lay the bike on its side on the crash bars?
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:23 PM   #2
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You've got the general idea already. Put the bike up on the centerstand and tie the stand so that it can't inadvetantly fold up. Remove the front wheel and lay it on the ground so that the forks can rest on the tire when the bike leans forward. Put a rag under the axle hole to keep dirt out. Loosen up the rear wheel, lean the bike forward and remove it. Rest the forks on the tire while you do your repair.

The alternative is to lay the bike on the RH rocker cover.

Method #1 is easier.
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:35 PM   #3
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Another alternative is to position the bike over a curb on the sidewalk so the rear hangs over. I've done that a couple times as well. Another solution if there's someone around to help - lean the bike (while on the center stand) to the right.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:37 PM   #4
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After securing the centre stand.....just lean the bike over onto the left hand cylinder......and pull the wheel out.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:19 PM   #5
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After securing the centre stand.....just lean the bike over onto the left hand cylinder......and pull the wheel out.
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Not the left side - the right. On the left side the center stand tang will be bent or broken off. Besides, the wheel always angles to the left when coming out.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:00 PM   #6
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Many thanks...

Next time I'll try the tip forward method first. Thank you very much for the info.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:23 AM   #7
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My preferred method these days is to remove the rear guard.
Just 4 nuts to loosen, 2 @ the subframe cross member near the battery, 2 @ the rear storage shelf. then disconnect the rear loom and the guard comes out easily. It's a 5 minute job.
The wheel is then just pulled out to the rear.
No chance of damage from lying it over, no chance of damage to your back, no chance of the thing toppling forward if you forget to secure the centre stand.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:26 AM   #8
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whole deal becomes much more interesting if you were dumb enough to put a ride-off stand on it.





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Old 03-29-2010, 08:07 AM   #9
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whole deal becomes much more interesting if you were dumb enough to put a ride-off stand on it.





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That's the reason I yanked the stupid thing off my R100 within a week after I bought it.
As for the original question; I've found that I can gain enough clearance by placing a two-by-four under the centerstand legs. I can fit one that's long enough into one of my Krauser bags.
Just lean the bike over far enough to get one end of the board under one leg, then lean it the other way while you kick the other end of the board under the other leg. It's a bit tricky the first few times, but no problem if you have a helper.

(that said, I really like the hanging over a curb idea, I'll try that out next time I have to take off the back wheel)
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