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thought it would be handy for oil changes and lots of other stuff never used one before . i was thinking i would leave the bike on it for winter storage is that a good idea or not??
 

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sounds like a fine idea to me. a buddy of mine does the exact same thing with his chopper each winter. he strapps it down securely and leaves it there. on decent days he'll take it down for a ride around town, then puts it back up. he sais it makes it great for doing over the winter mods and such.
 

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I find them useful when working on the bike, but not for oil changes. I find the lift always gets in the way of the drain plug(s).
I have a front wheel chuck, that holds my 109 up and secure when I want to do oil changes.
I have pics of the wheel chucks some place, I'll post when I find them.
 

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Here are some pics of the wheel chucks I use. I don't have any shots of my 109 yet, so my old volusia and Marauder will have to do.
They work great, and they're stable. I ride right into them, and hop off the bike.
You can bolt them to a trailer if you're trailering them as well. If you park in an underground garage, and are able to bolt them to the ground. You can then easily lock your front wheel to them also.
http://www.frappr.com/m109riders/photo/3253803
http://www.frappr.com/m109riders/photo/3253802
http://www.frappr.com/m109riders/photo/3253801
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I had my tires get out of round from sitting in one spot all winter + the cold air flattens them a little so it sounds like a good idea to me.

Walt
 

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i've got a craftsman lift as well. they are pretty handy. there's a trick to using it though, it's just barely wide enough for the bottom, so you have to get it on there exactly. also, don't put it too far back, as that plate under there isn't weight bearing. you'll find the right spot with some playing around.

i wouldn't bother using it for oil changes. our bike is designed around changing the oil with on it's kickstand (placement of the drain plugs). i wouldn't store it on it unless you just need space or something. it's more stable on the kickstand imo (regardless of that other thread).
 

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Canuk said:
Here are some pics of the wheel chucks I use. I don't have any shots of my 109 yet, so my old volusia and Marauder will have to do.
They work great, and they're stable. I ride right into them, and hop off the bike.
You can bolt them to a trailer if you're trailering them as well. If you park in an underground garage, and are able to bolt them to the ground. You can then easily lock your front wheel to them also.
http://www.frappr.com/m109riders/photo/3253803
http://www.frappr.com/m109riders/photo/3253802
http://www.frappr.com/m109riders/photo/3253801
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Does that actually lift the bike at all? or is it used instead of the kickstand??

Ordering info??

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phaed said:
i wouldn't bother using it for oil changes. our bike is designed around changing the oil with on it's kickstand (placement of the drain plugs).
1+ our bikes drain better on the sidestand, plus as mentioned, the lift just gets in the way. The only reason I could see using the lift is to give you room to use a strap wrench on the oil filter. With the bike on the sidestand, there isn't enough room under it to use a wrench on the filter. Luckily I was able to get it off with my superhuman strength. :joke:
 

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Are you sure the bikes drain better on the side stand.. How do you know that.
You're right about it being difficult to get a wrench on the filter without a lift, but it can be done. Lamont posted a how to on that some place.
Not all of us have super human strength, so the filter wrench is a must. :joke:
 

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the lift is nice when you are using a full size 17mm wrench on the K&N filter too :p , because on the ground between it and the radiator shroud you pretty much can't move the wrench.
 

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Canuk said:
Are you sure the bikes drain better on the side stand.. How do you know that.
I'm pretty sure that's what the manual says... but even so, when I changed mine, I found that more drains out if you lean the bike side to side. Like when it quits flowing on the sidestand, then stand the bike up and lean it toward the pipes. It will drain some more. When it quits drainging there, you place it back on the sidestand and it will drain even more. Repeat this process until no more oil drains.
 

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Thanks to everyone for the opinions. I also recently brought the Craftsman bike stand for the same reason as I think my last bike got the tires out of round from sitting over the winter. I used to winterize my bikes, however you regret it when a nice day comes here in Illinois. Not many more left unfortunately.
 

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