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backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 1:11 am



Someone suggested that if I back my GW 1500 up onto a 2 X 6 (6" wide for the tire), it would go on the double kickstand easy. Just a couple of ?'s...how long should that 2 X 6 be? How far onto it should I back up? How to hold it in place once I have it backed up? And how to put it on the centerstand once it's backed up & held in place?

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:21 am

You are just trying to raise the back tire up the 1 1/2" to make it easier to lift the bike the rest of the way.
A piece of 2x6 that is 2' or less should do fine, it all depends on how well you can back it.
After the back tire is on the board, you continue to lift the bike like this
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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:54 am

Thank you. I appreciate your diplomatic (not sarcastic) answer to what could be interpreted by some not-so-nice people as a dumb question...to which I believe don't exist. I.E.: no such thing as a dumb question.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:55 am

I completely understand.
Sometimes these beasts are hard to muscle around.
If you are still having issues, even with the 2x6, there is another option for a "Power Park" stand like this.
It's a little pricey, but so is straining your back. I've heard of some that have cut down their stand, modifying it to do the same thing.
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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:03 pm

A little unrelated, but I also heard of a portable hydraulic jack that can easily fit in the bike to hoist the bike back up if you're going solo & it goes down with no one to help. Does anyone know of these jacks & what exactly they're called.

Also, I have a 1 - Ton hydraulic floor jack to jack up my car. I was hoping it'd work on the bike if I put a square piece of wood on the part of the jack that goes up, but I would need to know exactly where to put this jack so the bike doesn't fall over on it's way up.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby photomoto43 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:47 pm

I use a 1"x6"x24" and it works fine for me. Just be sure and roll it far enough onto the board that it doesn't roll off when you put it on the center stand(don't ask me how I know...got pinned between wall and bike).

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:55 pm

Until I can find someone to patiently teach me, I'll probly end up putting it on the side stand (as I've done for the last 4 winters with no problem), take the battery out to put in the house until spring & be done with it.

I MAY put the tires on carpet, but maybe put the whole thing on a rubber mat, as well as other minor (easy things I CAN do. I just don't wanna take a chance w/o knowing FOR SURE whatever I do it will be safe.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby Pam » Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:45 pm

If you are adventurous you could hook a strap to the rear crash bars and use a come along to raise the back of the bike by hooking the other end of the comealong to the rafter in your shop/garage, You only need to get it up and inch or so

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:12 pm

Not that adventurous unless I have someone who is with me.

I just do NOT wanna take a chance unless I'm confident in what I'm doing. Call it being safe rather than sorry.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:13 am

I was gonna say, a 1x6" should be enough or perhaps 3/4" piece of plywood 16" long and 10" wide...2x6" seems like it would be pretty tall.. But I do not know as I have not tried this yet...

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby minimac » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:39 am

Hap-I don't know if you've considered it -and I certainly am not going to start something- but that was one of the benefits of using the Austone tire on my GL1500. Getting on the center stand is a piece of cake!

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby MikeB » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:44 pm

Pam wrote:If you are adventurous you could hook a strap to the rear crash bars and use a come along to raise the back of the bike by hooking the other end of the comealong to the rafter in your shop/garage, You only need to get it up and inch or so

I really don't think the crash bars are stressed to hold the weight of the bike for hoisting.
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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby MikeB » Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:05 pm

hap2 wrote:Someone suggested that if I back my GW 1500 up onto a 2 X 6 (6" wide for the tire), it would go on the double kickstand easy. Just a couple of ?'s...how long should that 2 X 6 be? How far onto it should I back up? How to hold it in place once I have it backed up? And how to put it on the centerstand once it's backed up & held in place?

Thank you

I think a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood will work for you to make it a bit easier to put the bike on the center stand. When both my 1500 and 1800 are on level ground on the center stand, I can not slide a 3/4" piece of plywood under the tire. A piece of 2x6 would be just too large I think.

The plywood doesn't need to be much larger than 1 foot square nut a 2 foot square would be easier. And you do not have to back over it, ride up on it. Then, put your side stand down and get off the bike. With the rear tire on the plywood, it should be quite easy to put it up on the center stand.

Of course, if you prefer, you could park the bike on the side stand, lay down the piece of plywood back over it. It would be easier to back over a 3/4" piece of plywood then a 2x6.
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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:32 pm

IF I can decide to get brave & try one of your so many helpful suggestions, I spose I can do it in reverse to take it off the centerstand & put the bike back on the side stand. I tried once to push it off the centerstand while sitting on it. A friend was there & tried to teach me. I did it, but it was kinda scary (1st time). I shuda get on doing it to get the confidence up, but my friend had to go.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:15 pm

What was 'scary' about it? .... your feet not flat on the floor?
As soon as it comes down off the centre stand, you grab the front brake lever and halt any forward progress of the bike!!
Place your side stand down and lean it on it.

Like I said before ... a 3/4" piece of ply under the rear tire is all you need to raise the rear end up to make it much easier for you.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:05 pm

Ok, I'll try a 3/4 piece of plywood

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby dingdong » Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:53 pm

In my experence the 1500 is the easiest cycle there is to get up on the center stand. I weigh 180 and just my weight alone is "almost enough" to put the bike on the stand. I suggest you practice what the video suggests. Forget the boards. Especially the 2x4. It will be harder to get the bike centered from the side stand than putting it up on the center stand. JMHO!
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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby H20loo » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:56 am

Hap-that is a nice looking bike. I also have a new to me 1500 and was a little dubious about putting it on the centre stand at first. I have two pieces of 3/4"" Plywood on my floor with a space between them. I ride my bike onto the plywood so that the space is under my kick stand I then follow the video technique and have no problems. The benefit is that neither tire is on the cement.
A couple members have found that leaving their 1500 on the side stand caused them to smoke(burn oil) on spring start up. There may be other reasons for this but I prefer to avoid it
I hope your floor is level

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:31 am

Thanx for the empathy. I spose if u can do it, I can do it. Where EXACTLY did u put these boards? Were u afraid you might put it on it's right side (like I am), or did u have someone with ya?

Directly in front & behind the rear tire, or where? (Sorry, I just woke up & am a tad dense right now)

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:35 am

H20loo: Also, what are the dimensions of this 3/4" plywood?

A short video of u doing it (showing me where the plywood is) would be perfect, but I ain't gonna bug ya.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby leboyd » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:51 am

The size of the wood is not that important. All you are trying to do is get the rear wheel on top of the board. If you can do that with a piece of wood 1" long, then that's all you need. I don't know the size of my board because I just pulled it out of the garage stack of wood that I've saved over the years and drive up on it. It's not a 2x#, only a 1x#.

You also do not need to back up on it. You can drive forward on it, which is what I do. You're just trying to get the leverage of the stand for less power to lift it.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:59 pm

Where EXACTLY did u put these 2 boards? Sorry, I'm still trying to picture it. I hava feeling, u drove the bike
so that both tires were on the wood pieces, right? And the space was so u could put the centerstand down, correct? I also hava feeling, even with the tires on the wood, u could still put the side stand down before u put the centerstand down. Am I correct with all my thinking?

This is kind of a neat trick to do it as well:


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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby leboyd » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:24 pm

No, no. The board lies flat on the ground, not like in the video. Think of my board as a square dinner plate and similar in size. I drive over it with the front tire, then up on to the top of the "plate" with the rear tire. When I'm far enough on it, the center stand legs will deploy in front of it. If I'm not far enough on it, the legs will hit the "plate" and that completely destroys the purpose. The rear tire is only 1" above the concrete floor of my garage. This means the legs of the center stand will deploy a little farther before they make contact with the garage floor. Then it's a simply push of the leg on the center stand and lift of the right hand to get it on the center stand.

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby hap2 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:30 pm

Right. I kinda thot that's the way u did it. I just thot I'd send u that video to show u another option, howbeit a bit on construction involved. I think I'll try it you way first. A bit easier (at least so it's sposed to be even for me)

To be clear, u ride the bike so both tires are on the 2 plywood pieces, then get off, put the bike on the left kickstand & proceed to put it on the centerstand, correct?

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Re: backing bike up onto a 2 X 6

Postby leboyd » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:45 pm

Basically, yes. I only have a 1" board. You can use two pieces of plywood with no problems. I don't even put the kickstand down. I just raise it on the center stand.




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