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    Lifting bike-2011 RT

    I have a good motorcyle jack but There is no frame on the RT to use it to lift bike. Is it possible to remove rear wheel with bike on centerstand? What about the front? Is it ok to use a floor jack with a block of wood and lift bike under engine case or is that not recommended? Seems like if you did it would be tough to balance bike. Is the only option a bike lift with the front and rear sections that drop out like at the dealer?
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    Lifting R1200RT

    I have removed the rear wheel several times using the centre stand. Putting a car jack, protected with a piece of wood can raise the front wheel, once the rear is off. You don't want to crank it up too high and overbalance toward the rear. Perhaps place some blocks of wood under the swing arm when the rear is off to help with that.

    I removed both suspension struts using this approach. Take care that brake lines are not overstretched.
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    I've changed quite a few tires on R1200RTs. I put the bike on a lift, but using a lift is not required. The bike is naturally weighted towards the front when on the center stand. I place a scissors jack under the catalytic converter and raise the jack, with wood on top, just until the jack makes contact with the cat. There is little or no force being exerted by the jack, but it will stop the bike from tilting backwards on the center stand should someone pull on it. I also run a tie down strap from the center stand to the front tire to prevent the stand from retracting. On the lift there is also a wheel clamp for the front wheel and when that is tightened it is adequate to stop the bike from rocking back, but I use the jack as an additional safety measure. I believe just using the jack and securing the center stand would be sufficient.

    When doing the front wheel I loosen the wheel clamp and pull down on the rear of the bike until the rear wheel is on the lift surface and then use tie down straps to hold the rear down. I also place the scissors jack under the oil pan, again with a piece of wood in place to protect the bike. It requires very little force to rock the bike back on the rear tire, and again the jack is just there as additional protection.

    Both these techniques could be done without the use of a lift.
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Not a RT but I have changed a lot of tires on K bikes using the center stand and scissor jack with a piece of wood under the engine to change both tires.
    I now use a front wheel stand along with the center stand when changing tires.

    This picture shows a Moto Stance front stand I bought on sale for $55.
    A popular and well made stand is Pit Bull.




    On our bikes I need to remove the rear wheel first before using the front stand, unless I place a piece of plywood under the center stand as you can see in this picture.
    Lee
    2016 R1200RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Rear wheel removal is covered in owners manual
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions.
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