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post #1 of 7 Old 09-11-2012, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Poor man's motorcycle lift

This is my first post, so please forgive me if I put it in the wrong place...

I have a 2008 KLR650. Just put 3,000 miles on it since I purchased it a few months ago.

Anyway, I wanted to lube the chain the other day, and was trying to figure out a good way to get the back wheel off the ground. I have an aluminum floor jack, so I looked at the bottom of the engine to see what was there I had to deal with. I saw two tubular frame pieces, and the only thing lower than the tubes was the oil drain plug. So, I cut a piece of scrap poplar I had lying around just long enough to clear the frame tubes a couple inches on either side, and drilled a hole in the piece to clear the drain plug. I test fit the piece, and realized I totally mis-guessed the location of the drain plug. I also realized the plastic skid plate offered a perfect rest for the wood. So, I placed the piece of wood where I wanted it against the plastic skid plate and on the frame, and rocked the wood a little to place a mark on the wood. That is where I drilled my second hole.



Then I carefully positioned and raised the floor jack until it made contact with the wood. Some more careful raising and balancing, and the bike stood up like a good little pony.



So far, so good. 2 more minor pumps of the handle, and the rear wheel was off the ground enough to spin it and clean and lube the chain.



If you want to see the photos, go to s734 dot photobucket dot com/albums/ww347/cliffmeister2000/KLR650/

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I use a little piece of 2x4... Push the bike over on the side stand until the wheel is off the ground, then wedge a 2x4 between the swingarm and the ground. That, or I'll just spray and roll.
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Here's my set up when not on lift.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-11-2012, 11:51 PM
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I push the bike up on the kickstand and slide a car jack under the swingarm on the right side of the bike.

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I use a little piece of 2x4... Push the bike over on the side stand until the wheel is off the ground, then wedge a 2x4 between the swingarm and the ground. That, or I'll just spray and roll.



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Thanks, Tom, for injecting my photos! You got the right ones.
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