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Doing splines - lifting bike question

Well, I can't even get past the very first step - putting the bike on a 2" piece of wood under the center stand. Since I am all alone I am worried about losing balance and tipping the bike over and to the ground. So, I was thinking about buying a low-end motorcycle lift - thing is, the engine is the lowest point on the bike - will that work?

I was looking at this:

http://www.discountramps.com/discoun...ycle-jacks.htm

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yes, but be careful about trapping the center stand. With the center stand in the up position, you may have difficulty getting the tire back in position.....
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I'm sure someone posted a "how to" video describing an effortless way to get the bike onto the center stand. I wasn't able to do it until viewing the video. I'm 140lbs and I have no problem getting the bike onto it's stand... I'd imagine the same technique would be effective in getting the bike on a 2 inch piece of plywood.

EDIT: Here's the link - https://www.vn750.com/video/Bike_stand.mpg

I'm not trying to come off as facetious but utilizing the proper technique really does help.
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that woul work i would think but if you can find help a 2" piece of wood is pretty cheap. I just did mine and used a piece of decking which is like one inch.

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That's just it, I'm all alone. Getting someone over is like murder. Ok so if that lift will work for me, and the engine is the lowest point on the bike, where do I position the lift under the bike? I feel like an idiot.
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What I did was to put the bike on the centerstand and have a piece of 2X6 longer than the stand legs next to it. I carefully pushed the bike away from me and used a foot to slide one end of the board uner the nearest "foot". Then I repeated it on the other side, which took a little more effort due to the opposite foot being on the board.

If you get a lift, it goes under the frame where the engine is located, just as in the pictures. You may have to use blocks to ensure the lift doesn't hit the exhaust.

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that woul work i would think but if you can find help a 2" piece of wood is pretty cheap. I just did mine and used a piece of decking which is like one inch.
One inch was high enough to get your 27mm socket in there? The free wood that Home Depot gave me was one and a half inches. So if you say that will work then maybe I'll try harder. Hell, I'll PAY someone to come over! LOL
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One inch was high enough to get your 27mm socket in there? The free wood that Home Depot gave me was one and a half inches. So if you say that will work then maybe I'll try harder. Hell, I'll PAY someone to come over! LOL
You're only 6 hours away, but it's too flippin' hot to ride! Pay a neighborhood kid a buck or two to move the board under the stand.

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What I did was to put the bike on the centerstand and have a piece of 2X6 longer than the stand legs next to it. I carefully pushed the bike away from me and used a foot to slide one end of the board uner the nearest "foot". Then I repeated it on the other side, which took a little more effort due to the opposite foot being on the board.

If you get a lift, it goes under the frame where the engine is located, just as in the pictures. You may have to use blocks to ensure the lift doesn't hit the exhaust.
I'm gonna try this. So I guess you are saying that when one side is 2" higher the bike doesn't fall over while you walk around and do the other side? I still don't get the lift thing - the first thing the lift hits is the engine, I just looked at it again. I will google around and get some closeups. Thank you.
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Well, the 2"X6" is actually 1.5" X 5.5", and no, mine didn't fall over while walking from one side to the other. But I kept my hand on it just in case.

Some lifts have adjustable adapters so the lift just contacts the frame. Otherwise, use wooden blocks strategically placed.

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