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Old 09-15-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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F800GS front wheel of the air while on center stand?

Can I get the front wheel off the ground with the bike on its center stand?

I'm thinking on changing brake pads, bearings, tires or any other front wheel maintenance.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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Put enough weight on the rear of the bike and the front will get lifted.

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:02 PM   #3
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While on the centerstand put a small car jack under the front of the skidplate and apply just enough pressure to lift the front wheel. Easy Peasy!
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #4
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You need like over 100 pounds in the rear to lift the front... I haven't tried but it sure feels like it.

There is a trick you can do though. Put the kickstand down, cock the front wheel all the way to the right, tie the right handlebar to your rear passenger grips or something to keep it in position. Then tilt the bike over on the left side (kickstand side) and put a chair or something under the back (exhaust side, hope you have some bag mounts) as the center of gravity passes over the kickstand/rear tire line (the bike is just past balanced while on the kickstand and rear tire).

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:04 PM   #5
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While on the centerstand put a small car jack under the front of the skidplate and apply just enough pressure to lift the front wheel. Easy Peasy!

Oh yeah... what he said too, but you can see my previous post if you don't have a center stand or a jack...
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #6
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If none of those ae doable, a peice of rope with 4-5 trucker hitches in it tied to the bars hung from a tree, vernadah, roof truss ect. will also work.
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:32 PM   #7
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Get a decently wide/thick plank and cut it at 1/3 length. Push the bike onto it and onto the stand with a cargo strap underneath the 2/3 length, under the wheel you aren't going to remove. Weight the end you don't want to work on, pull the cargo strap over and tension. Slide the 1/3 length of plank out from under the wheel you'll remove and hey preston it's hanging in the air.

If you have to work outside, you can do a similar trick with bricks and a kerb to get one end hanging in the air, but then you need someone/thing to hold the other end down until you take the weight of the wheel off.

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Old 09-16-2009, 07:27 AM   #8
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If all else fails (and you're on the trail) just tip the bike onto its side?
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:46 AM   #9
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I cut a length of pvc the right size to wedge under the skid plate for trail side front tire fixes while the bike is on the center stand. I've been lucky enough not to use it on the trail yet, but works great in the garage.
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:48 PM   #10
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All good ideas... some simpler than others I'll go with the lift-stand under the bash plate when at home:


And try to remember your suggestions while on/off the road

Thanks for all your responses.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:31 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EnderTheX
Put the kickstand down, cock the front wheel all the way to the right, tie the right handlebar to your rear passenger grips or something to keep it in position. Then tilt the bike over on the left side (kickstand side) and put a chair or something under the back (exhaust side, hope you have some bag mounts) as the center of gravity passes over the kickstand/rear tire line (the bike is just past balanced while on the kickstand and rear tire).
Someone has been doing their homework. This is the method used on the Globeriders F800GS DVD.

It does work. (now if we could get those side stands to stop bending ) Mine is still original 08 side stand in good shape.

If you don't have panniers then it'll be a bit more tricky, but desperation usually creates innovation.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:52 PM   #12
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This thread is a bit rusty. Any new advice for getting the weight off of the front end for a tire change trail side? A big rock wedged under the skid plate has worked in the past but perhaps there is better wisdom out there.. like a big stick.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:36 PM   #13
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I keep some lightweight tie straps in case there is a log/root/rock somewhere you can tie to and pull the rear down when it is on the center stand...
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:10 AM   #14
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Im getting one of these for my XChallenge ... http://endurostar.com/

Probably help with the 800 GS
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:56 AM   #15
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best rest do one too.

the aussie version https://www.adventuremoto.com.au/pro...8aa32076b8c9c4

Haven't tried it yet,
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