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Old 11-01-2012, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Keeping wheels off ground during winter

Unfortunately, I live in New England and sooner or hopefully later, the snow will start falling and the DOT will start coating the roads in salt. That will force me to put my tiger 800 into hibernation.

Has anyone used a motorcycle jack to keep the wheels of the ground. I was thinking of using the type that sears or harbor frieght sell. Basically, has 2 bars that support the bike from the lowest part of the frame.

An alternative, I was thinking of is to jack the bike up and the lower it back down on to cribbing on a dolly.

I would like ability to move it around my garage while its lifted.

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What about something like this?



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Old 11-01-2012, 04:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like that idea....

Have you used those or something like them?

I wonder if the bike could be pushed around on them.....

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I like that idea....

Have you used those or something like them?

I wonder if the bike could be pushed around on them.....
Absolutely! A number of us use front and rear wheel stands -- including dealers in their displays as well as at paddocks at race meets:



...and no, the bike cannot be pushed around while raised up on them!

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Thanks for the idea..... I will give them a shot...

Is it as easy to lift the bike with them as advertised? Any tricks, hints?

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Lifting the bike with them is a walk in the park! Useful to have an extra pair of hands just to steady the bike as it goes up though -- although not essential. I also use the rear stand every time to clean/adjust my chain.


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I've been doing it wrong all these years? Nuts.

I have been parking my bikes in the cellar on their own two wheels for some 20 years now, and never have been able to detect any adverse effects of having done so. Most winters I take a ride whenever the roads are clear of ice and snow. A New Years Day ride is common, sometimes Christmas, Valentines Day, any excuse really. The longest any bike of mine sat without getting used once was a 9-week stretch in that really snowy winter we recently went through. Do they really have to be "put away" for the winter?

What is supposed to happen if you don't put it up? I have front and rear stands, I just don't use them unless I need to service one end of the bike or the other.
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The theory is that concrete degrades the rubber, and you'll have a "flat spot" where it sat. I never worry about this, and have never noticed I'll effects.
If I were to leave it for more than the 2 1/2 months I do, I might worry a bit more....


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I put my bikes "away" during the winter, because I switch to snowmobiles.......Don't have the time to ride both...

I am having so much fun the tiger, I am beginning to rethink that... May have to squeeze in some winter saddle time.....I am just need to make sure I avoid the truck loads of salt that coat the NH roads during the winter....

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I've always heard parking on carpet remnants or plywood works fine. Main thing is not to let the rubber stay on cold concrete for extended periods.
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