Supporting Your Bike While Servicing

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General Instructions

Though covered in the service manual, many people use creative methods to support a bike while servicing it. This often results in tip-over accidents. Below we list methods that are proven to work. And also the ones that aren't.

Disconnecting the Battery

Unless it is something very simple, it is a good idea to disconnect the battery while working on your cycle. Remember that some wires are hot even when the key is in OFF position.

To disconnect the battery:

  • Remove the seat.
  • Unscrew the bolt on the Negative (-) terminal of the battery. Push the wire aside, screw the bolt back in (this way it won't get lost).
  • Put a piece of duct/scotch tape on the terminal.

Supporting the Rear End

Luckily, Ninja 250 has a centerstand, so it can be used to support the rear end.

A few comments about using the centerstand:

  • Some services require pushing rear tire inwards. This can easily result in collapsing of the centerstand and subsequent tip-over. Always block front tire from moving with a brick or something to prevent such accidents.
  • If you need to raise the rear end more than the centerstand does, just put a wooden board in front of the rear tire before putting the bike on the centerstand. In this case blocking the front tire well is vital since the nose of the bike is pointing down and it's very easy to rock the bike off the centerstand.
  • Unfortunately, a bike on the centerstand is not stable enough in the sideway [any better word?] direction. If you doing something that requires brute force (such as removing the axle nut), be very careful as you can literally twist the bike into the ground. Having another person holding the bike is very useful in this situation.
  • Finally, the centerstand is best used on a flat sturdy surface. If you have trouble putting your bike on the centerstand, visit this link.

Supporting the Front End

Common Mistakes

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