Whatever your wallet can take.
OK guys, so what is better for the TW200 when you want to work on it (removing wheels, taking apart bike, etc), one of those stand type deals or an actual motorcycle jack?
Whatever your wallet can take.
'13 690 Enduro R too many frickin farkles...
'07 KLX250 farkled (wife's bike)
'86 BW80 farkled to size
'10 TW200 you will be missed
Well, it turned out to be a little more involved than just drilling a hole in a board, but here is what I ended up with. I screwed the two 2"x11"x2' boards together, drilled a 1 1/8" hole through both boards, and mounted a pipe flange on either side of the hole.
Here is a shot with the front wheel raised.
The boards screwed together are now wide enough to allow the bike to balance with both wheels off the ground. This is not secure enough to allow you to work on the bike but you can now slide the pipe through and pivot the lift in the other direction to raise the rear wheel.
Here is a shot with the rear wheel of the ground.
Kind of cool being able to lift either the front or rear wheel just by sliding the pipe through and rocking it in the other direction without needing to reposition the lift.
A wooden box just a little taller than the bottom of the engine works good too. Just lift it up on the box. With cyclerack its pretty easy to set it on.
Cool, thanks guys. I have a transmission jack that might work...
Pretty clever Brian. Seems like a 6 foot long 2x12 ought to do it. A 2x12x8 at Lowes is $9.00. The pipe and flanges are easy to get and reasonably priced. What I like is the simplicity, low cost and when that pipe is angled against the ground, things should be pretty stable. So all you need would be a saw, drill, hammer, some long nail or deck screws and a large wood bit. Do you think that you could scale down on a smaller diameter pipe, flange and bit. I would be nice to save even a few more bucks if you could still construct a safe stand. Great project:
Take care my Friend.........
Woohoo, I finally got a Missing Link Award from Mr. Gizmow. Thanks Gerry!
(In the spirit of full disclosure, I actually copied this idea from a video that someone on this forum had posted here a little while ago)
Since I already had an old board laying around, a piece of pipe, some screws and a set of wood drill bits from an earlier project, all it took for me was one trip to the hardware store for some pipe flanges.
I wouldn't suggest scaling the pipe diameter and flanges down because it still takes a pretty good pull on the pipe to lift the TW. My first attempt used only a single board, which promptly split lengthwise at the hole (you may notice that I am now using this somewhat narrower board as a base).
When I am at home and have much to do, I have the luxury of a hydraulic bike stand. Lifts the TW right up to a nice working height for an old f**t like me.
But on the road, and even for chain cleaning/lubing at home, I have a very simple lifting device:
It's made from an adjustable aluminum crutch obtained at a garage sale for $1.00, along with a u-bolt and two pieces of flat aluminum stock I had in my junk box.
With the bike on the kick stand, I lift the rear wheel 2-3" and insert the "crutch" . In the photo, the rear wheel is about 2" off the ground, making chain work very easy. I carry this in a small box with me when I am traveling so I can do a quick chain clean and lube wherever.