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04-01-2016 11:11 AM
Back2Kawi I just received my enduro star trail stand. What a great product! I was on the fence on whether or not to get a center stand when I stumbled upon this option. I figured for 40 bucks shipped how can I go wrong. It works great for getting the rear tire off the ground. I plan on getting a JNS skidplate and that should allow it to get the front up. I was actually able to prop the bike with my right hand on the handlebars while sliding the jack into place with my left. The bike easily lifts onto the side stand with minimal effort, lifting the rear wheel while you place the stand on the frame under the footpeg.
12-08-2013 11:04 AM
steferf
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Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
Suit yourself, steferf! However, a center stand only weighs about 1/3 as much as a gallon of fuel, little consequence on a 400-lb. bike with a 6-gallon fuel tank, IMHO.
Oh. I thought they were 10 or 15 lbs....that is probably a high estimate anyways.

So I guess it is really the cost. Once a KLR owner, always a KLR owner.
12-07-2013 11:33 PM
Damocles
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I don't want to go with a center stand though, because of cost and my fat girl already has weight problems....
Suit yourself, steferf! However, a center stand only weighs about 1/3 as much as a gallon of fuel, little consequence on a 400-lb. bike with a 6-gallon fuel tank, IMHO.
12-07-2013 08:40 PM
steferf ^ Clever!


What I think I'm getting is the same thing my Google Searching resulted: there really isn't any great product out there (aside from a center stand). I don't want to go with a center stand though, because of cost and my fat girl already has weight problems....

Thanks everyone! If anyone thinks of any other products that might be of use, let me know!
12-07-2013 01:38 PM
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12-07-2013 08:15 AM
Crashoverride I have foot pegs and a skid plate where it could find grip to hold up the front, but I have not tried it yet. It gets the most use lifting the rear tire for chain lubes.


Crash
12-07-2013 02:49 AM
Damocles
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yeah, that is what I do when I am at home....cinderblick plus some wood spacers under the engine block. The KLR is nice and balanced, so it tips the opposite direction of the wheel I take off. Only problem is lifting a 400 lbs bike onto the stand :|
I hear you!

My friend with the portable jack fashioned from the Wal-Mart walking cane, deftly tilts the bike over on the existing sidestand to elevate the skid plate's right side, then places the "jack" under the elevated portion and allows the bike to settle down, supported finally by the sidestand, the jack, and one wheel--front or rear, depending upon jack placement.

I have a center stand, but needed some handy nearby paving stones and a convenient plank to raise the front wheel, last time I removed it on the road. Gotta go to Wal-Mart!
12-06-2013 09:59 PM
steferf
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I've only seen it used on the rear wheel, when we lubed our chains on an epic southern Appalachians ride, but--depending upon placement and extension length, I think the device should work on the front as well.

In my limited (fortunately) experience fixing flats on the trail, I've found that some arrangement allowing the ROCKING of the bike, like a see-saw, to clear the front wheel from the ground, permits axle removal/reinsertion and removal/installation of the front wheel. I think the Wal-Mart walking cane mod would do this, if not hold the front wheel off the ground continuously.
yeah, that is what I do when I am at home....cinderblick plus some wood spacers under the engine block. The KLR is nice and balanced, so it tips the opposite direction of the wheel I take off. Only problem is lifting a 400 lbs bike onto the stand :|
12-06-2013 07:15 PM
Damocles
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Interesting idea with the walking cane BTW. Is it useable on the front?
I've only seen it used on the rear wheel, when we lubed our chains on an epic southern Appalachians ride, but--depending upon placement and extension length, I think the device should work on the front as well.

In my limited (fortunately) experience fixing flats on the trail, I've found that some arrangement allowing the ROCKING of the bike, like a see-saw, to clear the front wheel from the ground, permits axle removal/reinsertion and removal/installation of the front wheel. I think the Wal-Mart walking cane mod would do this, if not hold the front wheel off the ground continuously.
12-06-2013 05:46 PM
steferf Interesting idea with the walking cane BTW. Is it useable on the front?
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