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post #1 of 8 Old 10-28-2006, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Putting bike on stands

Its time to do a little maintenance on the 919. No sweat, as I'm used do doing such things. Except that my previous bikes have all had center stands.

My Handy stands either didn't come with instructions or they fell out of the box that UPS was kind enough to open for me.

I'm sure it's realy simple (and I think I know how it's done), but I'd rather ask dumb questions than dump a nearly pristine bike on the floor.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-28-2006, 07:00 AM
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Is this the pair of stands you have?


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post #3 of 8 Old 10-28-2006, 07:23 AM
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I have the Handy stand Mike posted. With the bike on kickstand approach the rear. With your left hand steady the bike upright by the grab rail. Use your right hand to slip the rear stand (the one with the rubber pieces) under the swingarm--forward of the axle 2-3 inches. Make sure the rubber has rotated so it is flush with the bottom of the swingarm. Now simply push down with your right hand, the bike will come back.

Once the rear is done do the same for the front. It is harder as those points on the stand fit in the recesses on the bottom of the fork legs--it may slip a few times, easy does it & its done.

While I am sure you probably could use only the front stand I would not recommend it. I use only when the rear is on the stand so its solidly supported.

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While I am sure you probably could use only the front stand I would not recommend it. I use only when the rear is on the stand so its solidly supported.
Actually, this doesn't work. There isn't nearly enough stability in doing this because the forks are designed to move and the rear isn't wide enough to provide a solid contact patch all on its own. ALWAYS use a rear stand with a front stand.

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post #5 of 8 Old 10-28-2006, 07:33 AM
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If those are the stands you have follow above instructions. I'll add:
Rear pads need to be set almost all the way apart.
The front stand can be "bent" together/apart to align with the holes in the bottom of the forks. When putting the front up, get the tits in the holes, grab ahold of right handgrip and push the stand down with your left hand.

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Gotcha.
Thanks for filling in the missing details, guys.

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The only thing I would add is I like to put my right hand on the grab rail and use my left hand for the stand. This puts your body on the right side of the bike so incase it tips that way you can be there to push it it back instead of trying to pull it back from the left. If it falls to the left there is a sidestand that will hopefully catch it.

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The only thing I would add is I like to put my right hand on the grab rail and use my left hand for the stand. This puts your body on the right side of the bike so incase it tips that way you can be there to push it it back instead of trying to pull it back from the left. If it falls to the left there is a sidestand that will hopefully catch it.
Excellent point! However, I don't have that dexterity on the right side of the bike. I'm just too biased/retarded.

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