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Getting a Stand for My KDX

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Been looking at motorcycle stands, and have seen two types, one that is like a milk crate, and another that has a lifting platform to raise the bike. The lifting platform does not seem like it would be very stable with the engine running. How does one person raise the 230 lb. bike to set it up on a milk crate platform? Do you lever it up using the kickstand, and then lower it onto the platform? Does anyone have any recommendations on what to look for in a stand, or where to buy? Is a milk crate just as good? Thanks for the advice.
 

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Moose makes by far the best lifting stand. The foot operated lift has great leverage and the tri-stand is very stable. I also have a stand (non lifting) for oil changes, but the truth is you can rest the bike on a tree or trailer for a quick oil change.
 
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Is the moose stand stable enough to allow for the engine to run and the wheel to turn in low gear while lifted?
 

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I'm not sure why you want to run the engine with the bike on a stand, but...

I have the MSR lift stand and love it. It was around $85 at my local dealer. It made greasing the suspension linkage MUCH easier than when I tried the milk crate method. It seems to be very stable...I have had no problems with it.
 

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Never run a bike on the stand. Never!
 

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MSR stand here. Been a great unit. (72? bucks at MX South)
Not sure why you'd have to run the bike on the stand. When I run mine, I'm usually on it, bouncing off trees and stuff....I guess I'll have to try the "stand riding" on a rainy day;) Who knows...I might get into some freestyle stuff that way.

...sorry, its Friday afternoon and I am still at work...
 
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That's why it is always a good idea to ask before trying something questionable----I had considered using the stand to spray lubricant on the chain as the chain was turning with the engine in gear. On my old Honda TL250, it was so light and low that I could have a friend hold the bike balanced on sidestand and front tire, and then spray the chain with the engine running. But thanks for mentioning the caveat about not running the engine on a stand---that is something I will avoid.
 
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On the KDX mainpage, where you can go to the different sub forums click on Tech tips. In the right hand column there's a link to build a foot lift. I printed it out and built one at work on a slow night, it works great, and it's easy to build. A couple of the dimensions were at odds with each other, but  basically it's pretty close. Highly recommended! :aj:
 

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Let me be clear. OK to run the engine on the stand, never run it in gear on the stand.
 
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If it's for garage use for $80 you can get a nice foot operated hydralic lift at Sam's Club. Very stable, and I run it in gear on the stand to lube the chain. I keep my hand on the clutch but have been doing it for some time without a hint of any problem.
 

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there will be only ONE hint of problem.... that is when your bike goes launching through the garage door (hopefully not over you).

Running the bike in gear on a stand is just asking for problems.
 
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I thank everyone again for weighing in on this with very helpful comments. I have been away from motorcycles about 16 years. At one time, I had my garage filled with 4 bikes simultaneously---a Honda XL500, a T250, a Suzuki GS 650G, and a GS 1100E. Was very happy with all of them. Then one day, no more than 50 yards away from my driveway, a drunken teenager ran straight into me. The injuries were nothing more than bruises, but the memory stayed with me, and within a short time I sold all of my bikes. The only one that I really, really miss was my trials bike, and that thing was a locomotive. I even managed to get it street legal. So now getting back into it again after all these years, there is a lot to catch up on. As to running on the stand in gear, do you think it would be safe to do as a 2-man job? One to hold the bike steady on the stand while the other sprays the chain?
 
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I have never had problem running the bike in a low gear on the stand (milkcrate).....If you have an unstable stand then I wouldnt do it but a milkcrate is stronger than u think and its very stable. Im not reccomending this to anyone, but I think its a great way to lube the chain and check for alignment. Just my 2 cents.