Certain maintenance tasks, like
changing the front tire or working on the forks, require you
to jack up the front end of a K bike. Ideally you have
something like the hydraulic floor jack pictured here:
If you have a belly pan then
remove that first. Then put the bike on the center
stand. In order to keep from scratching the oil sump,
plastic a block of wood on the jack, place it under the
front of the oil sump and jack up the front of the bike
until the front tire leaves the ground - being sure not to
jack up the bike by a belly pan bracket.
There are some alternatives to
using a floor jack though. Most automotive scissor
jacks (like the one in the trunk of your car) will also
If the bike is on a motorcycle
lift on the center stand then you can use a ratcheted
tie-down to pull the rear of the bike down until the front
wheel lifts off of the lift.
In fact, you really don't need
anything special at all. You can just have a helper
push down on the rear of the bike until the front wheel
lifts off of the ground and then place something the correct
height under the oil sump. Here's a couple of examples.
When I had a flat front tire in
The Yukon I used a big rock I found on the side of the road
so I could take the wheel in to get the tire repaired.
When I was visiting a friend in
Phoenix and wanted to get both wheels off to have new tires
installed, I used a stack of phonebooks.
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