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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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I really wasn't in the mood to work on the Victory. The day before I helped my brother move in NH and had been doing things at home in morning, the sun was full up and it was hot in the driveway. I just wasn't feeling it. But the first tour of the year is fast approaching and I needed to get things done on the bike and was getting pressed for time. I reluctantly jacked-up the bike, which I've done a hundred times, but this day I couldn't get it right. I finally manage to do it...and get to work removing the wheels and air filter no problems...I pulled the rear shock pin to lube it and while putting it back I noticed the jack foot is toughing the oil filter.... f**k!..I have to leave it jacked for a few days while I get the new tires on, so I needed to check this. I get under there to assess if there is any weight bearing on the filter or damage, I push a bit on the suspension to get a better view(thinking the bike was stable since I had done all this other work) and as soon as I did, this happened


Not only did it fall forward but it listed to the left, luckily I had strapped it to the jack which caught the weight and prevented a tip over. But I had a big problem....I tried to get jack under the front(in the pic) but it was too unstable. So I had a buddy come over(thx Durks) with a small lift. With him balancing the bike, I was able to get the rear end raised up(front fender removed to prevent damage) a bit more and ease my jack out, then I used the dirt bike lift to raise the rear tire into position and get it back on the axle. Lower on to the rear tire I was able to jack the front and get the front tire on. From there I got the bike properly back on to my jack and took the tires back off.
No damage was done, thank God, I have plugs in the fork ends for the Kuryakyn covers and they where what hit the concrete, not the fork ends. The oil filter is dented, I ordered a new one which will be an easy fix.
I shouldn't have been doing the job, since I didn't feel up to it to start with, I was sloppy and it almost cost me BIG TIME
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I have one of those lifts but I only use it for front wheel removal. They just look too unstable to keep me comfortable.
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I really wasn't in the mood to work on the Victory. The day before I helped my brother move in NH and had been doing things at home in morning, the sun was full up and it was hot in the driveway. I just wasn't feeling it. But the first tour of the year is fast approaching and I needed to get things done on the bike and was getting pressed for time. I reluctantly jacked-up the bike, which I've done a hundred times, but this day I couldn't get it right. I finally manage to do it...and get to work removing the wheels and air filter no problems...I pulled the rear shock pin to lube it and while putting it back I noticed the jack foot is toughing the oil filter.... f**k!..I have to leave it jacked for a few days while I get the new tires on, so I needed to check this. I get under there to assess if there is any weight bearing on the filter or damage, I push a bit on the suspension to get a better view(thinking the bike was stable since I had done all this other work) and as soon as I did, this happened


Not only did it fall forward but it listed to the left, luckily I had strapped it to the jack which caught the weight and prevented a tip over. But I had a big problem....I tried to get jack under the front(in the pic) but it was too unstable. So I had a buddy come over(thx Durks) with a small lift. With him balancing the bike, I was able to get the rear end raised up(front fender removed to prevent damage) a bit more and ease my jack out, then I used the dirt bike lift to raise the rear tire into position and get it back on the axle. Lower on to the rear tire I was able to jack the front and get the front tire on. From there I got the bike properly back on to my jack and took the tires back off.
No damage was done, thank God, I have plugs in the fork ends for the Kuryakyn covers and they where what hit the concrete, not the fork ends. The oil filter is dented, I ordered a new one which will be an easy fix.
I shouldn't have been doing the job, since I didn't feel up to it to start with, I was sloppy and it almost cost me BIG TIME
Dam Pain....that was lucky....glad you or the bike came off of that unscathed....8(

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Yeesh. Glad all is well and thanks for passing on the info. I will try to mitigate things like this from occurring when I jack the old girl up because I use a very similar stand and process. Shit happens I guess but at least you and the bike are G2G.

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@depot picker I've used that lift many times over the years, it never been unstable. This was my F-up completely...
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Platform jack for me. I can't trust my old motorcycle jack it's just too unstable with the CCT. Great for VTX though.

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I only use this to jack one wheel at a time though. Thinking of getting two side by side to get better support.
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I have the wide platform jack for the rear and the narrower platform jack for the front. Used them in tandem just to get the weight off the tires and suspension during winter shutdown. I have a jack similar to the one in the original post. Took the trunk off just to make it balance a bit better. Didn't have the nerve to raise it more than six inches off the ground. Glad it worked out in the end. If there is no pain (physical or emotional) associated with a lesson learned, there is no gain.
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Though the bike didn't go over, good thing you didn't get hurt. I got the same kind of jack and usually use the tie down straps.That is gonna become ever time now. Even still, the bike tends to be a little wobbly as the whole jack rocks giving me a bit of an uneasy feeling.I will put the jack with the right side right under the center of the motor (cylinders). That is on a Kingpin, Cross may be centered differently. I may look at getting a better jack or start adding blocks under the bike where I can.
Glad you chose to share this mishap with us as it just may save someone else from getting in a bad situation.
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@rojo154 ..I had it strapped to the jack. If I hadn't had it tied the bike would have not only fell forward but would have gone down on its left side....

Anyway, I've been out getting things back together....Re-installed the cleaned & oiled air filter. Added Ride-On to my new tires then went ahead and got the front back together including new sets of EBC brake pads. I'm grabbing a bite then heading back out to replace the oil filter(that got damaged in the tip over), then getting the rear tire back on. The bike needs a serious bath then I need a serious ride...

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Yes you did have the straps and good thing like you say. I sometimes have forgone doing that, no more! I just put $60 bucks into my lift for a new hydraulic cylinder as the old one would drift down and beginning to leak fluid slightly. I could see one day having the bike on the lift with it set on the safety cogs and not being able to raise it off the cogs. That would really suck.
I was looking at my rear tire and it is just about shot. Got about 1/64" if that to the wear indicators. Plus they are the original tires(2011) So I just bought a set and will replace both as that is 8 years. I use to use Bridgestone Ecedras but just learned the weight rating was a little under the specs. Too bad as they are a great tire. I found a set of Shinko 777 that comply and have pretty good reviews. We'll see what kind of mileage I'll get out of them as I am a bit skeptical. Just glad to get rid of the Dunflops.
I'm sure that ride is gonna feel good once you got the bike set, especially when you think what could have happened. (we got to do that ride sometime. Think there is a couple of more members here in Ct be nice to have a meet up.
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