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r2h
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Helpful Tip

Post by r2h » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:00 pm



Finding the valve stem on the rear tire can be a bit troublesome.
A simple solution is to mark the right side of rear tire with a tire marker.
I counted the open area of the "spokes" and numbered 1 on each open area of the stem.
I continued till all open areas were numbered, ended up number 5 on my 83 Wing.
When i decide to check tire pressure on my rear tire ... my co-rider tells me to roll forward or backward for easy access to the stem.





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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by minimac » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:09 am

I found it easier to have the bike on the centerstand and just look for it! :D

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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by Viking » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:42 pm

minimac wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:09 am
I found it easier to have the bike on the centerstand and just look for it! :D
Yeah, I guess that would work as well. I do like the first tip tho cause it is much more complicated :o
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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by r2h » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:35 pm

The 1983 seems to be one of the hardest Wings to get on the center stand (so i have heard).... there are many people asking how to. When i need to get mine on the stand, i have to drive the rear wheel up on a 4x4 in order to at least get some better leverage (even with rear pressure at max pressure). If tire pressure is low ... that tire may be a 1/2 inch lower making it a lot harder. One trip i made, i had a slow leak and needed to get air every 2 fuel stops. I marked the tire for future reference in case i may have picked up a nail. In any event, at least one could inflate the tire to the point where it would be alot easier to actually get it on the center stand.

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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by offcenter » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:56 pm

r2h wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:35 pm
The 1983 seems to be one of the hardest Wings to get on the center stand (so i have heard)....
I think that all of the early Wings were just as bad.
My '76 is just about impossible for me to get on the stand.
My '99 Wing weighs a LOT more than the '76, yet I can
get the '99 on the stand easily.
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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:26 pm

I always put the bike on the center stand, roll the tire until the valve stem is at the bottom, no problem with guessing.
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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:29 pm

My 82 GL1100 was a LOT of work to get up on the center stand.

Until...I replaced the old, tired, 30-year-old rear shocks with new Progressive 416's. The back end of the bike sat up at least an inch, compared to the sagging, old shocks. As soon as that change was made, the bike was EASY to get up on the center stand.

Just an inch difference on the rear end makes a huge difference to the amount of mechanical advantage afforded you by the center stand lever.

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Re: Helpful Tip

Post by offcenter » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:49 am

My '76 has some sort of aftermarket air & spring shocks on the rear.
It sits up at the full extension of the shocks with nobody on it.
But that thing rides like a brick in the rear. I suspect that the springs
on those shocks are too strong for the weight of the bike.
Despite that, I still can't get it on the center stand without help.
I ended up making a crude metal extension foot pedal thing
that slips over the the tab on the center stand. With that, I can
get it up easily enough.


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