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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 11-25-2011, 04:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Workshop stand round up

Choosing an aftermarket exhaust such as the Arrow 2-into-2 condems you to giving up the option of a centre stand. Two reasons: one of the fixing holes for the stand is now taken up by the sidestand stop bracket supplied by Arrow, and the lever arm of the centre stand clashes with the left hand silencer.

This is a shame as I really like my Arrow system but miss a centre stand terribly. I have all manner of jacks and lifts in my garage but they're all a little bit of a pain to bring out and use just for things like checking and adjusting chain slack, or to wipe the wheels clean. Cleaning the bike would also be easier with it upright.

Jack Lilley markets a simple lever workshop stand, see:

http://www.jacklilley.com/buy/Triump...ONNIESTAND.htm



This would be great but, once again, it relies on the existing centre stand lugs on the frame and one of them is taken up by the Arrows.

There was a home-made example of that sort of lift talked about on this thread, see post number 9:

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...hat-works.html



I really like the simple home-made $20 lift as described here:

http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm



Unfortunately I'm basically too lazy and also woodwork is not my cup of tea, so the link to on-bike.com in the UK given to us by member HeezaGeeza in his post number 14 of this thread: http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...ear-wheel.html

showing a ready-made example using the same principle and marketed under the name "Eazy-Rizer Strong arm" was a God-send for me at least.

You can see it here with my SE on it:

http://www.on-bike.com/products_strongarm.htm



Costing a little less than the Jack Lilley example, 75 inc.tax, it's very well engineered and robustly made. It has a range of height adjustments and will lift any bike that has a chassis with twin downtubes under the engine such as our Bonnies and things like Harleys and most cruisers.

Depending of where you place it, it can lift the front or rear wheel quickly and with only a slight effort. Once up, the bike remains rock steady and perfectly upright.

The roller and uprights have several positions to adjust the thing for height. Choose the position where it lifts the bike the least. This makes it easier to operate. On my SE I've used the shortest setting and yet the rear wheel still stands about 1.5" off the ground, the effort to lift it there is minimal. The makers site shows a wholesome-looking broad (wearing just a shirt for some reason...) doing it to illustrate how easy it is.

Some other threads about lifts containing other ideas:

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...010-bonne.html

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-talk...hat-works.html
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice choice. I like that you can get either the front or rear wheel off the ground. More useful than the paddock stand that I use for oil changes/chain lubes...

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Old 11-25-2011, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Forchetto, the StrongArm seems like a great stand. I can rationalize lifting my 06 America from its side stand, but what about lowering? Seems like that's when it would be unstable. Doesn't someone else have to help stablize the bike?
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Forchetto, the StrongArm seems like a great stand. I can rationalize lifting my 06 America from its side stand, but what about lowering? Seems like that's when it would be unstable. Doesn't someone else have to help stablize the bike?
I use it with the side stand deployed just in case. The side stand does interfere with the positioning of the Eazy-Ryser, you have to find a place where they don't touch, but it's not difficult.

When you roll the bike off it, it moves forward a little way and falls on the side stand.
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Me and a buddy just went in on a lift from Harbor Freight; on sale for $59.99 instead of $119.99. It's still in the box, I'm waiting for my battery box to arrive for its first use.
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http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Portable-...ht_1472wt_1185

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....showing a ready-made example using the same principle and marketed under the name "Eazy-Rizer Strong arm" was a God-send for me at least.
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Costing a little less than the Jack Lilley example, 75 inc.tax, it's very well engineered and robustly made. It has a range of height adjustments and will lift any bike that has a chassis with twin downtubes under the engine such as our Bonnies and things like Harleys and most cruisers.

Depending of where you place it, it can lift the front or rear wheel quickly and with only a slight effort. Once up, the bike remains rock steady and perfectly upright.

The roller and uprights have several positions to adjust the thing for height. Choose the position where it lifts the bike the least. This makes it easier to operate. On my SE I've used the shortest setting and yet the rear wheel still stands about 1.5" off the ground, the effort to lift it there is minimal. The makers site shows a wholesome-looking broad (wearing just a shirt for some reason...) doing it to illustrate how easy it is.
I just purchased this same lift from here: http://www.lifts-and-stands.com/inde...trong-arm-lift

It works great! Robust construction. I can literally lift my Bonneville up with just the one arm while gently balancing/holding onto the bike with the other (hey, I'm just getting the hang of it).

It makes chain maintenance a breeze!
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Image 12 &13 on page 5 is my bike.

http://steelhorsefab.com/photosvideo...nds/?nggpage=5
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Good looking stand but the great advantage of the simpler "Strong arm" is that it can also lift the front wheel by altering its position.
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I picked up one of these for $40 US. Works great and lifts the front or the rear as well.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-C...f517ca&vxp=mtr
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