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  • Offline Sir Rupert   gb

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    Paddock stand disaster
    on: November 24, 2022, 11:56:04 am
    November 24, 2022, 11:56:04 am
    My Versys was standing on the centre stand and the front was lifted up on a paddock stand for cleaning. The bike was on the drive which has a slight slope of about 5 degrees.
    The drive is covered with block paving laid in a herringbone pattern.

    As I was removing the paddock stand, looking slightly uphill at the front of the bike, the little plastic wheel on my right caught in a V-shaped groove between two of the paving blocks: the lefthand one was in the centre of a block and kept going. The result was that the paddock stand veered to one side, the 'fingers' slipped out from under the righthand fork leg and the bike rolled forward off the centrestand and toppled over. I tried to stop it by grabbing the fairing. I managed to slow it's fall but at the cost of torn muscles in my left arm, which is now in a sling  :012:
    The bike is OK apart from a slightly scratched handguard and exhaust.

    The moral of the story being that:
    1) It is not a good idea to have the bike pointing down a slope, no matter how slight when working on it or cleaning it.  :lostit:
    2) Don't use a paddock stand on uneven surfaces. :138:

    Next time I'll turn the bike to face uphill and put a sheet of plywood down for the paddock stand to run on. Doh!

    Last Edit: November 24, 2022, 11:58:01 am by Sir Rupert
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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #1 on: November 24, 2022, 12:54:07 pm
    November 24, 2022, 12:54:07 pm
    That's a bugger......I hope your arm recovers quickly....at least it didn't happen in the middle of suimmer

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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #2 on: November 24, 2022, 04:35:38 pm
    November 24, 2022, 04:35:38 pm
    Oh bummer sounds like your arm got the worst of it. Here is to you healing  up quick  :031:
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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #3 on: November 25, 2022, 08:48:16 am
    November 25, 2022, 08:48:16 am
    sorry to hear about your injury

    Had a C10 and used to use a ratchet strap from the center stand to front forks to keep it from rolling forward. Haven't tried it on the Versys yet, but I'm sure it would work.
    Last Edit: November 25, 2022, 08:49:45 am by Salnap

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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #4 on: November 25, 2022, 11:09:14 am
    November 25, 2022, 11:09:14 am
    OUCH - I've tried to hold up the big V and almost suffered the same injury.  Maybe keep the bike in gear so it won't roll forward

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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #5 on: November 26, 2022, 01:45:13 pm
    November 26, 2022, 01:45:13 pm
    A rear paddock stand will be safer than centre stand when using a front paddock stand.

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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #6 on: November 26, 2022, 01:55:39 pm
    November 26, 2022, 01:55:39 pm
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    Ive only used my front stand in combination with rear stand. Too chicken to try it with center stand.

     I used a small bottle jack under the oil pan to raise the front wheel off the ground with the V1k on center stand . And ratchet strap from rafters to bars just in case.

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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #7 on: November 26, 2022, 04:05:20 pm
    November 26, 2022, 04:05:20 pm
    Over the years I have used a number of different front paddock stands with fingers, hooks and pads and pins

    The best and most secure ones are those that locate into the bottom of the fork with pins
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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #8 on: November 26, 2022, 04:10:33 pm
    November 26, 2022, 04:10:33 pm
    Yes sir. I have a similar front stand.

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    Re: Paddock stand disaster
    Reply #9 on: November 26, 2022, 05:22:16 pm
    November 26, 2022, 05:22:16 pm
    Not a fan of paddock stands, besides being risky, they get in the way.
    Best tool ever is this jack (without the black supports), and make a support similar to the "special tool" in the service manual or a suitable piece of wood under your oil pan.  Very stable.

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