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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Lift or stands that fit V Star

I've been looking around for stands or lifts that fit my V Star (650) that won't break the bank. I looked at these ones, which are from a Canadian store (similar to Harbor Freight), but don't fit the V Star. The exhaust pipes get in the way of the stand, and the lift isn't wide enough to reach across the span underneath.

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/S...tand/8321440.p

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/V...Lift/8382723.p

What have the other V Star owners bought?

2008 V Star 650 Classic
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 12:06 PM
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I just use a motorcycle jack and a rolling chair works fine. Took two two by fours and channeld the centers out to fit underneath the motor overhang in the frame. I bolted that to the top of the jack and mounted two tie down straps to go over the bike if I want as well. If I get a little skeptical soemtimes with front or rear wheel removed I just sit the frame on 4 jack stands and it stays up from there.
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This may not apply to your 650, but I use a Motomaster lift from CTC on my 1100. And yes, I have to use spacer blocks because the engine case is below the frame rails. It's probably the same lift as pictured in your link, just a different color and decals.
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If you are a guy that likes to buid stuff or have it done to make it cheaper then check out this page. It is not for your 650 but it will adapt.
http://www.gadgetjq.com/v-lift.htm

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That V Lift looks great. You would just have to figure out how to adapt it to a V Star. It really cleans things up when the bike is up on it. No more lift sticking out in the way, clear on both sides of the frame. Not as high as a lift will go, but I never put mine that high anyway. And another plus, no more storage issues about where to put the lift when not using it.
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I've been using mine from Harbor Freight for several years. A little spacer here and there and it works great, and it was under $60. Really, how often do you need to lift your bike?

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Really, how often do you need to lift your bike?
Every time you need to adjust the chain or change the oil come to mind. It was a sad day when motorcycle companies decided to eliminate center stands!
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I change oil every 3-4 months and can do it without a lift. I have a shaft drive so I don't need to adjust chain tension and if I did, I would do it on the ground with the weight of the bike on the chain.
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Cobra Slash Cuts
Hypercharger/pod-mod
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I've been looking around for stands or lifts that fit my V Star (650) that won't break the bank. I looked at these ones, which are from a Canadian store (similar to Harbor Freight), but don't fit the V Star. The exhaust pipes get in the way of the stand, and the lift isn't wide enough to reach across the span underneath.

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/S...tand/8321440.p

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/V...Lift/8382723.p

What have the other V Star owners bought?
I bought a goheen stand and the jig last summer...works great with my v star 1300. Google - goheen stands...His name is Jeremy; he sells the jig and stand. I used my Crappy Tire jack with the jig and goheen stand this winter to keep the wheels off the cold garage floor...
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I got one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Cru.../dp/B0053BUCRM

Works great for me. Though a fair warning. There are a lot of both positive and negative reviews. That probably has a lot to do with it being made in China. The quality seems to be very inconsistent. I seem to have gotten a "good" one. It holds up my bike very well (2002 v star 650) without the bar bending under the weight of the bike.

So at least in my case, it was pretty good for $40.
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