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My TA 700 has no centre stand. Apart from a jack and a block of wood under where the stand should go, anyone have any better - and more stable! - ideas how to raise the rear wheel to remove it in order to change the rear tyre? That blasted cat is a nuisance!

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I thought of making some sort of adaptor jobbie to fit to the centre stand mount or maybe a paddock stand but in the end I got a centre stand. Makes life a lot easier but cost a lot and reduce the poor ground clearance even more.
 

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hi oggy,
when you use the block and tackle methord;) position slightly further forward . That leaves enough room for [2] axel stands on each side under the frame/footpegs, which should be safe enough to remove wheel.

other than that frequent your local tyre fitter as it aint worth the £15 they charge to fit and remove etc:thumb:
 

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bit of threaded bar with a couple of bolts and washers. Stick the bar through one of the centrestand holes, thread one bolt on, stick it through the other whole, thread the other bolt/washer on so that the bar can't come out of the centrestand holes.

Bit of wood underneath the sidestand, rock the bike onto the sidestand, stick an axle stand under the bar that's sticking out, rock the bike onto the axle stand, second axle stand under the other end of the bar. Job done.
 

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You could purchase a lifting table, similar to those used by the MX boys.
 

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bit of threaded bar with a couple of bolts and washers. Stick the bar through one of the centrestand holes, thread one bolt on, stick it through the other whole, thread the other bolt/washer on so that the bar can't come out of the centrestand holes.

Bit of wood underneath the sidestand, rock the bike onto the sidestand, stick an axle stand under the bar that's sticking out, rock the bike onto the axle stand, second axle stand under the other end of the bar. Job done.


Yes - like it, very good. Thanks alot

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copy this if you like,I made it when i had an Alp 700, it bolted through the center stand holes, Piguglyshandydrinker has it now.worked a treat.

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Oggy , if your looking for paddock stands , check out *breaking Point* in torry , I bought a new rear stand from them,, and quite cheap, think £15 cash..

I also bought one of these from busters.. so I can get both wheels off the ground
 

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You could purchase a lifting table, similar to those used by the MX boys.
X2 - I got one in Macro for about £20 (I think) - cracking bit of kit, hydraulic, pump up with your foot, leaving you hands free to manipulate the bike to it's balance point etc, even came with tie down to hold the bike on the table - I use it for Ol'Yella - the Transalp has a centre stand.
 

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Yes - lifting tables, paddock stands all fine - BUT IT MEANS SPENDING MONEY!
 

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Yes - lifting tables, paddock stands all fine - BUT IT MEANS SPENDING MONEY!
MMMM???? Yes !!! £20 - I share your pain brother.:D

But not nearly as painful as dropping your XL700 from a hand knitted, block of wood, on bricks, tied with parcel string, elastic bands and blutac.
 

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Yes - lifting tables, paddock stands all fine - BUT IT MEANS SPENDING MONEY!
But not as much as having to buy a centre stand @ £100.
 

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X2 - I got one in Macro for about £20 (I think) - cracking bit of kit, hydraulic, pump up with your foot, leaving you hands free to manipulate the bike to it's balance point etc, even came with tie down to hold the bike on the table - I use it for Ol'Yella - the Transalp has a centre stand.
Link? All the hydraulic lifts I've seen are £50+
 

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I don't think there is any £20 proper hydraulic lift suitable for a bike. I bought this one from Machine Mart a couple years ago for lifting a heavy Harley I owned at the time and it cost me a little over £100 then. And it was the cheapest one I could find that was sufficiently stable and could support the weight.

Clarke CML2 Hydraulic Motorcycle Lift - Machine Mart

But the simplest answer to the original query, for lifting the back end only, has to be a paddock stand. It's hard to understand that some find this too dear at £36 in return for the safety, speed and sheer ease of use that it offers, compared with the possibly dangerous and awkward makeshift ideas suggested here.

People spend that much on a total waste of money like booze and fags over a few days.
 

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the vara has a centre stand and its a good investment worth having, i lift my XT600E up with a ratchet strap on a hook through the garage roof joist (not the whole bike, just one end at a time so its less than 100kg)

you can get cheap paddock stands but in my experience they are flimsy, my XT fell off a cheap tubular one sideways once. i would spend a bit more cash on a decent solid weded up one like a harris or similar.
 

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You have to understand my sense of humour regarding Aberdonian spending habits - of course copper wire was also invented in Aberdeen - two Jocks arguing over a penny found on Union St....
 
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