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The roller thingy is called a rollerstand.It is approximatly a foot square,approximately two inches high,has four rubber cleats on the bottom so it doesn't move,and a pair of rollers on it.What ya do is push the bike up on it so one of the wheels is on the rollers,place a piece of wood under the side stand to keep the machine level,and now you can spin the wheel on those rollers with the bike still in place to check the tires and or do wheel maintenance.It's not a lift or anything like that.All it does is make life alittle easier for tire inspection and or wheel maintenance.

Now that I think about it,I suspose you could use it to check and maybe adjust the
belt tension if ya don't have a lift.But I just got it Friday and haven't tried that yet.I've only used it to check the tires as I already have a lift.Dave!!!
 

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You have squeaky hemorrhoids??? :eek:

Daz - just a fluke I caught this thread today and saw my name. I am not 100% sure my squeak is gone - I insisted they remove my wheel again and grease the works - I did not get to see what they did - but the rubber pieces in there Dave mentioned they told me were dry and they greased them up. I returned home (10 miles) squeak free, but I haven't ridden since. I have zero confidence that the rear wheel is aligned correctly, or belt tensioned correctly based on all I have read on this forum - but at this time I'm not set up to do my own maintenance like you guys are. I don't mind using a jack and plywood if that is the only way to do it - but what is this rolla thingy Dave was talking about? That sounds handy - some sort of jack system that keeps the bike upright is what I need - but in my garage I can angle it into my workbench and use tie downs to keep it upright as well.
Mine still squeaked and i had cleaned and lubed my cush drive already. So it could be that on yours, but it wasn't on mine. Mine has completely stopped since i aligned it right and loosened the belt that was insanely tight. I explained a good way to easily align it twice here already, and they were pretty long threads i really don't want to retype, but look for them. I think the real involved one may be in this thread. But it's recent so you should find it easily enough. i do think at this point we can all be quite sure it's belt tension, alignment, and possibly even belt/pulley cleanliness that are all contributing to these squeaks on all birds that have it.
 

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No no don't re-type I wasn't asking that - I need to get down and dirty and get under there and check it out myself. The only thing holding me back at this point is I don't have a way to get the back wheel off the ground and support the bike.
 

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You don't need to get the wheel off the ground for alignment or tension. I never lift the bike except to remove wheels for new tires. And then i do anything else i need to while i have it off. But no need to raise the bike for any of this.
 

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I ALWAYS lift my rear wheel in order to adjust the belt's tension and the alignment.How else are ya gonna find the belt's tightest point,which is where you set the tension on the belt, without rotating the wheel??Everything works out better when ya can spin the wheel freely to find that point.That's how I have learned to do it and it works.I've had NO PROBLEMS once I figured this out.Dave!!!
 

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I just walk the bike a foot or so forward and check, repeat till i've sampled enough area to see where it's tightest. Maybe i just got lucky, but i never find tighter spots. Seems to be the same anywhere.
 

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Just took mine out on a jaunt across town for lunch. Caught the eye of a Harley rider sitting at a stop light and so opened it up a bit when the light turned green, only to find a motorcycle cop rolling up to the next intersection - he only had eyes on the Harley tho - whew! Pays to have a bike a bit quieter than those pigs - er - hogs! Anyways - still no belt squeak so maybe the shop got it right the last time they put the wheel on. I know they mentioned something about putting wood spindles on either side of the rim and lasers...
 

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Around here cops tend to let bikers go right by a lot of the time even when obviously speeding. I have gone byl cops with radar guns a number of times way over the limit and they just let me go. Once one did stop me but gave me a warning ! that never has happened to me in a car. Something about cops, maybe because a lot of them ride, but they leave us alone unless we're riding really crazy. They will stop kids on sporties all the time tho. probably because they're the ones who crash so often.
 

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Daz: I think you'll find that the reason they don't stop or chase ya is because the radar unit simply doesn't see ya.And I'm talkin about the dash or rear window mounted units.Radar only picks the large objects within its' line of vision on those units.So unless you're the only vehicle on the road,and you're within 200 feet of the camera,the radar unit simply doesn't see ya.And by that time, you've usually seen him and adjusted your speed accordingly.By the same token,if you're not payin attention,then you're about to pay alittle extra road tax.lol

Now the newer hand held radar units can pick up a motorcycle at just under a quarter mile,but that's only if the officer can get that machine into the little sights in the window of that hand held unit.And even then, reflection from any chrome or the sun or if ya happen to be weaving alittle bit,can prevent him from getting a lock on ya.

Now the latest unit out uses a red dot which is even worse for trackin two wheelers. But ya didn't get that information here.lol No names "PLEASE" lol
 

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The roller thingy is called a rollerstand.It is approximatly a foot square,approximately two inches high,has four rubber cleats on the bottom so it doesn't move,and a pair of rollers on it.What ya do is push the bike up on it so one of the wheels is on the rollers,place a piece of wood under the side stand to keep the machine level,and now you can spin the wheel on those rollers with the bike still in place to check the tires and or do wheel maintenance.It's not a lift or anything like that.All it does is make life alittle easier for tire inspection and or wheel maintenance.

Now that I think about it,I suspose you could use it to check and maybe adjust the
belt tension if ya don't have a lift.But I just got it Friday and haven't tried that yet.I've only used it to check the tires as I already have a lift.Dave!!!
I bought one today at Harbour Freight and paid $23.99 with a 20% off coupon. They call it a Wheel Cleaning Stand. I'll try it out tomorrow.
 

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Far as i know they only use hand held units around here. Never seen the ones you're talking about. Pretty much the only radaring the cops do in L.A. is hand held by motorcycle cops. And they can peg me with those because they have several times. But usually they just don't bother with me, and like i said the one time i was stopped recently they gave me a warning which they NEVER do in my car. And i've had more than my share of tickets in the cage. But they stop the sportie guys all the time. The only other radar i see, and only very rarely is that one they mount on the roof where they can check your speed while they are moving.

Daz: I think you'll find that the reason they don't stop or chase ya is because the radar unit simply doesn't see ya.And I'm talkin about the dash or rear window mounted units.Radar only picks the large objects within its' line of vision on those units.So unless you're the only vehicle on the road,and you're within 200 feet of the camera,the radar unit simply doesn't see ya.And by that time, you've usually seen him and adjusted your speed accordingly.By the same token,if you're not payin attention,then you're about to pay alittle extra road tax.lol

Now the newer hand held radar units can pick up a motorcycle at just under a quarter mile,but that's only if the officer can get that machine into the little sights in the window of that hand held unit.And even then, reflection from any chrome or the sun or if ya happen to be weaving alittle bit,can prevent him from getting a lock on ya.

Now the latest unit out uses a red dot which is even worse for trackin two wheelers. But ya didn't get that information here.lol No names "PLEASE" lol
 

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Afternoon Daz.How goes the battle sir??My walk last night wasn't too,too awful bad, but all I could do was kinda gimp along,slowly,but only for a short distance before I had to stop and rest.And my two associates made all kinds of cracks about it to boot.Infact,they were laughin so hard, I thought I was gonna have to carry them back to our starting point.lol With friends like that who needs enemies.lol But being the stubborn Polock that I am,I won't quit.So I guess I still have alittle ways to go.But atleast this AM,the swelling appears to have gone down alittle.So that's a positive.

Regarding the radar,the only thing I can tell ya,is the guys on the rice rockets that are gettin tagged aren't payin attention especially if they're travelin at warp factor III,lol, which I'm sure many of em are atleast movin right along.lol But the truth of the matter is,the hand held unit will not pick a bike up until it's within a quarter mile of that unit.I know this cause I've had alittle experience with these units.

The in car units won't pick up a bike until it's within 200 feet or so of the unit,but also locks on to any LARGER objects, first, like a car or truck.I've also had alittle experience with those.And the smaller the machine you're drivin,the better the chances are of not gettin seen by either unit,that is,until the bike is right on top of the radar unit.

So the only advice I would offer is to NOT drive like a mad man and more importantly,PAY ATTENTION,no matter what or where you're driven.Dave!!!
 

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You'll by past this. You have 740 Lbs of inspiration in the garage calling you....."Daveeeee.....oh Dave......lets go dammit !" :D


Tell me about it.lol That 740lbs.of inspiration yells at me every time I walk by it in the garage.lol But I assure it that I'm NOT QUITTIN.Infact,I'm gonna walk again in about an hour.I WILL NOT GIVE UP.I WILL PREVAIL!!! lol EVEN IF IT KILLS ME!!!! lol lol lol Dave!!!
 

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Welp!! I did two miles this evening,up and down hills riding my trusty cain.lol We're gettin there.We should be back on the scooter very shortly. Dave!!!
 

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Good deal Greybull.Let us know how ya like it. Dave!!!
Humm - mixed results. I think I need to put a taller block under the sidestand so it's more upright. Wife was watching and said it looks like an accident waiting to happen when I slowly turned the front wheel. She's 5 ft. and 120lb and wouldn't be much help if the bike starts to tumble. I think I'll wait until my neighbor - Harley warrior - is home this weekend to try it again.
 

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My cousin is a city cop and I have done several ride alongs with him and sooooo the real truth of the matter is there are many different kinds of hand held units. All the cars in his city have bolted in units that read forward and rear and automatically compensate for the speed of the car to give a true reading on the other car. Also they have hand held units that he uses when parked perpendicular to the road he is running traffic on. There is radar, laser, lidar - and now some are wireless so the cop can hide his car behind a bush and then sneak out and nail you with a wireless handheld unit and it has a sight on it - so they put the red dot on you and you are done, doesn't matter how big or small you are. Dave is right that the older regular radar ones pick up the biggest moving signature and it's easy to slide thru especially if there is other movement around you. These new wireless handhelds are taking all the fun out of the game because it just increased the places they can hide tenfold.
 

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Good news!!! After my little 2 mile walk last evening,I was sore,to say the least,but when i got up this mornin,the knee felt pretty good.SO!! Whadaya think I did??? Give up??? I jumped on my scooter and off I went to run a couple errands.NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER! SO,I'm back up and runnin again.Persistence pays off.And even though the wife was yellin at me to NOT walk last night,and even worse,"DON'T RIDE THAT BIKE" this mornin,I did em both anyways,lol, and it appears to have been very beneficial.Some people call me a "DIE HARD".Call it what ya like,but I DO GET RESULTS,no matter what I do.Pretty good,huh??? lol lol

Now.to get back to the tire/belt thread.When pushin the bike wheel onto that rollerstand,yes,ya do need to put a block of would under the side stand to get the machine to stand up alittle straighter.But not much as ya don't want the machine to fall over either. And then when ya do spin the wheel,ya spin it EASY.Don't try to make it go fast cause it juist ain't gonna happen.Like I said,it's basically to do wheel maintenance and tire inspection.After ya use it acouple of times,you'll get the drift and everything should work out for ya.You'll learn what ya can do with it and what ya CANNOT do with it.But the bootm line is that it does make life easier,atleast it has for me.But again,i'm not the brightest star in the sky either.lol lol Dave!!!
 
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