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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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T-100 Wheels Off Ground

Gents., Lads, & Lasses,

What is the most affordable way to get my T-100 Bonniville's wheels off the ground for winter storage?

I am not overly mechanically inclined.

Do I need to buy some type of expensive lift, or have one of you folks come up with an ingenious method that doesn't break the bank?

Thank you in advance for all suggestions.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 08:55 PM
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why do you want them off the ground? I was under the impression that we just inflate the tires up to like 50 psi and call it good.

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Scott,

Not sure. I've heard both. It can get sub zero here for long stretches in January & February. The manual even says to get off the tires if possible.
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Center stand, plus you'll get the other obvious advantages....
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Will the center stand get both wheels up?
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If you put the stand on a 2x6 the rear will be off the ground then you need to cut another block to put under the front of the engine to get the front tire up a bit. Better yet move south so you can just ride year round!
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If you have a centerstand you can just take a piece of wood, say 6" wide X 12" long X 1/4 to 1/2" thick and tap it underneath the front wheel with a hammer. That's what I do. Many believe this to be overkill but it's quick insurance. If you had somebody securing the bike while you're tappping, you can do the same thing with both wheels using a side stand.
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I have a Norman Hyde centerstand. Of course it unloads the rear wheel but seems to take a fair amount of weight off the front as well. I simply lift the front end a bit (grabbing the wheel) and slide a few sheets of cardboard under the tire. Seems to work fine...

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Is there any problem with leaving the suspension completely extended for a long time? I have a m/c jack that I can lock in place with both wheels of the ground but I am concerned about leaving the shocks and forks fully extended for several months in a damp garage. Maybe I could wipe down the shiny bits with some kind of rust preventative. What about the seals? Would extended storage in the fully extended position do them any harm? (No jokes about calling the Dr. after four hours please.)
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