Airhead rear tire removal with luggage racks

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Malaclypse, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Malaclypse

    Malaclypse R80/7

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    12
    Location:
    Sunny Colorado
    Hey, does anyone know how to easily remove the rear tire of a /7 with luggage racks? Normally I just hoist or jack the bike up to create the additional clearance needed, but if I find my self with a flat out in the great nowhere, what is the solution? Maybe remove the front tire and tip the bike onto the forks? or perhaps lay the bike on its side on the crash bars?
    Thanks for your input!
    Mal
    #1
  2. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2004
    Oddometer:
    8,282
    Location:
    Auburn, CA
    You've got the general idea already. Put the bike up on the centerstand and tie the stand so that it can't inadvetantly fold up. Remove the front wheel and lay it on the ground so that the forks can rest on the tire when the bike leans forward. Put a rag under the axle hole to keep dirt out. Loosen up the rear wheel, lean the bike forward and remove it. Rest the forks on the tire while you do your repair.

    The alternative is to lay the bike on the RH rocker cover.

    Method #1 is easier.
    #2
  3. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2002
    Oddometer:
    8,723
    Location:
    Jackson's Bottom Oregon
    Another alternative is to position the bike over a curb on the sidewalk so the rear hangs over. I've done that a couple times as well. Another solution if there's someone around to help - lean the bike (while on the center stand) to the right.
    #3
  4. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,486
    Location:
    Cloverdale,BC
    After securing the centre stand.....just lean the bike over onto the left hand cylinder......and pull the wheel out.
    Cheers
    #4
  5. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2002
    Oddometer:
    8,723
    Location:
    Jackson's Bottom Oregon
    Not the left side - the right. On the left side the center stand tang will be bent or broken off. Besides, the wheel always angles to the left when coming out.
    #5
  6. Malaclypse

    Malaclypse R80/7

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    12
    Location:
    Sunny Colorado
    Next time I'll try the tip forward method first. Thank you very much for the info.
    Mal
    #6
  7. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,092
    Location:
    Melbourne, Oz
    My preferred method these days is to remove the rear guard.
    Just 4 nuts to loosen, 2 @ the subframe cross member near the battery, 2 @ the rear storage shelf. then disconnect the rear loom and the guard comes out easily. It's a 5 minute job.
    The wheel is then just pulled out to the rear.
    No chance of damage from lying it over, no chance of damage to your back, no chance of the thing toppling forward if you forget to secure the centre stand.
    #7
  8. Kismet

    Kismet vagrant philosopher

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2005
    Oddometer:
    387
    Location:
    rural WI
    whole deal becomes much more interesting if you were dumb enough to put a ride-off stand on it.


    :1drink


    ask me how I know.

    no, don't
    #8
  9. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,980
    Location:
    Halfway between Munich and Redditch.
    That's the reason I yanked the stupid thing off my R100 within a week after I bought it.
    As for the original question; I've found that I can gain enough clearance by placing a two-by-four under the centerstand legs. I can fit one that's long enough into one of my Krauser bags.
    Just lean the bike over far enough to get one end of the board under one leg, then lean it the other way while you kick the other end of the board under the other leg. It's a bit tricky the first few times, but no problem if you have a helper.

    (that said, I really like the hanging over a curb idea, I'll try that out next time I have to take off the back wheel)
    #9