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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 2006, 8:36 pm Thread Starter
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Front wheel removal

I just read the manual and they recommend removing the bellypan and putting a jack under the bike to remove the front wheel. I'm used to an R11RS that is pretty well balanced on it's centerstand and doesn't need a jack nor have a bellypan.

Is that what you guys all do or have you found a simpler way? How are you supposed to do this on the side of the road for emergency repair? My first real quibble with BMW engineering.

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Without putting a bunch of weight on the rear, or anchoring the rear down some way, it's damn near impossible to remove the front tire. Center stand on the K isn't positioned as well as it is on the R.

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This is the way I do it, rightly or wrongly.

Razel is right, the K's are slightly front heavy, but not a lot. On the centre stand I leave the belly pan on and slot a piece of 4X2 under the pan AT THE POINT BENEATH THE TWO PAN FIXING BOLTS. Then put light pressure on the floor jack to raise the front. I've got a couple of cage axle stands, so once I've pulled the wheel spindle I can pop one of these under the fork leg.

If I'm leaving the bike, I always drop the wheel spindle back and put a stand or blocks underneath for peace of mind. I remember taking off the front fender once to get a bit more clearance, but you can wiggle the wheel out carefully without. I've never found a problem with my centre stand. You can always tie it forward to the front fork leg if it makes you feel better.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2006, 3:46 pm
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honey....you just sit there and i ll be back as soon as i get this tire changed...what ever you do dont get off the bike!!!...your right....what if you were broke down and needed to get that frt tire off....some type of folding stand for the forks would be great as long as they were small enough to fit somewhere....food for thought...mmmmmm...food!
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Back the bike against a wall and racket the back down. A nylon racket works really well.
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Back the bike against a wall and racket the back down. A nylon racket works really well.
Where do you live? I'm guessing Britain or Austrailia. "racket" is not a verb I'm familiar with here and I've got a fairly good command of the US English language. I'm guessing racket is what we would call a tie-down but not sure what you would tie it to on a wall. So I need help with a further explanation.

Thanks for the help though.

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Good poiint about what to do on the road if you need a emergency repair on the frt tire. Never thought of that before. (I think he meant "ratchet"??)

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Good poiint about what to do on the road if you need a emergency repair on the frt tire. Never thought of that before. (I think he meant "ratchet"??)
I'd be looking for some debris by the side of the road, pieces of wood, etc. I'd guess you could find something to block it up with. Tie the rear end down to a guard rail, or a sign post? Hasn't happened, yet!

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Here is what I did.
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Good poiint about what to do on the road if you need a emergency repair on the frt tire. Never thought of that before. (I think he meant "ratchet"??)
plug it, inflate it and limp home

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