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A front stand is always something nice to have, but if you don't, consider using a car jack as an option. I've found it to be quite stable and safe, however use your own risk!

The method is to jack the front wheel of the bike by lifting the bike at the engine. The idea is to push the bike further on to its side stand.


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The bike should be resting on its side stand to start with. Don't use a rear stand... if you do, the jack must lift ALOT of weight. The rear stand can flex/bend and subsequently the bike move around on the jack (pivot point). This doesn't happen if lifted on the side stand, as the rear tyre takes some of the weight and stops the movement.

Importantly, make sure the bike is on flat ground that is not slippery!

Position a piece of wood between the jack and the sump. The wood provides extra clearance and a bit of grip (avoids slipping). Make sure your not touching the exhaust pipes or fairings.


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Point the steering to the left, and slowly jack up the front. Once the tyre is just off the ground, you might find the bike can be easily rocked onto the front tyre. If so, jacking a little higher should solve the problem, or throw something heavy in the boot. Give the bike a little rock to test if it is stable.


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Double check the wood and jack are securly positioned and not touching the exhaust or fairings... but check from the right hand side of the bike, so if you trip or something the bike won't land on top of you, and also because its is easy to see due to the bikes angle.


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I've never had to lift the tyre more than an inch off the ground. If you are planning to do some work on the bike... loosen and tighten the bolts with the bike on the ground. Its much easier and less risky.

I've removed the front wheel several times and the forks twice using this method, one time leaving the bike without a front wheel for a week.

I've used this method to remove the wheel and the forks before. Put a 4L bottle of oil in your rear seat to weight it down. You should be able to get it nice and steady to work on.

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Not everyone has a rear stand, but if you do, strapping down the back is only convenient if you have something to strap too. Whatever you strap too has to be either heavy or fixed to the floor. I'm not sure how you'd go jacking up the bike with it just sitting on the rear stand (no strapping), as with the rear up higher it's going to be even more top heavy. Rear stands tend to have a little wobble in them too... I wouldn't risk it. A set of front and rear stands is so much cheaper these days than 5+ years ago. Good investment.

I reckon a good alternative would be to strap it down on a trailer, which would put the bike up higher for working on it.
 

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I use a trolley jack straight on oil filter cap, must stack bricks either side tough as when it falls off its hard to get up with no handle bars or forks on lol!
 
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