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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/Stands/Rear-Motorcycle-Wheel-Stand/8321440.p

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/Vehicle-Lifts/1500-lb-ATV-Motorcycle-Lift/8382723.p

What have the other V Star owners bought?
 

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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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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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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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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/Stands/Rear-Motorcycle-Wheel-Stand/8321440.p

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/en/Vehicle-Lifts/1500-lb-ATV-Motorcycle-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-Cruiser-Adjustable-Center-Display/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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I built my own. I bought a motorcycle jack from cdn tire but it doesn't fit the bottom of the bike and I didn't like the lack of stability. 20140414_181556.jpg
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I use this one from Harbor Freight for my 2007 V-Star 1100:

http://www.harborfreight.com/high-position-motorcycle-lift-99887.html



I used one of their super coupons and got it for just under $150 with tax.

Does it wobble a little? Yes
Does it do the job? Yes
Did I have to make some wooden shims so it properly fit my bike? Yes
Can you roll it around with the bike on it? No
Did it hold my bike for a couple of weeks without me worrying it will fall off or down? Yes
Was it well worth the $150? Absolutely!

One of the best things about it is that when lowered, the arms fit right under my tool box and so it takes up almost no space in my garage when not in use.
 

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Ive noticed those connection points under the frame on my 650, assumed they were a factory assembly line attachment point.

Now you got me thinking it would be very easy to make a lift or something like a jackstand that would hook in like that.
 

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I don't have a link. Just search e bay for "Yamaha XVS 650 center stand". This center stand is with you all the time, not just in your garage.
 
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