Came home today only to find that I had a flat on my 919. I want to take the back wheel off and just take it in to a shop, but do not have a center stand or a rear stand. What is the best way to lift the bike and leave it lifted for a while without damaging the bike?
12.5" piece of lumber and a length of twine or velcro strap
With the bike on the side stand turn the bars full left and lock it, squeeze front the brake and hold it with the velcro strap.
Now from behind the bike lift the rear slightly so it resting on the side stand and front wheel. Pleace the 12.5" length of lumber (2"X4" works well) between the swing arm and the ground (on the opposite side of the bike as the kick stand). Play with it a bit to find the best placement. Mine goes right in front of the big fat welds in the rear. Now give it a test and see just how sturdy it is. You'll be surprised.
Here's what I did to get my flat tire. I had a continental tire to replace it right afterwards. I figured that I had never done this before in my life, so went for it.....and had steel thread showing for about 10 inches of my tire right before i started.