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post #21 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-12-2011, 10:49 PM
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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???

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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