As I am riding back and forth to work I get to thinking about my chain which is nearly new. I had it changed when I purchased the new Michelin Pilot Powers to save installation charges as the rear tire had to removed anyway. When I parked the bike at the end of last season, I made sure to clean and lube the chain as well as flush and replace the old antifreeze. I also replaced the oil and filter for it is not recommended to store your bike with dirty oil.
Anyway I got my Suzie (my new name for my Suzuki SV650n) home
(Suzie, resting at home plugged into a battery float level maintainer)
and then I decided to dig out my rear stand
It's not too bad to lift the rear end by yourself as you can steady the bike "on the way up" , but I always worry that something will go wrong and the bike will come crashing on her side, the reason for the frame sliders.
(8mm spools installed on both sides of the swing arm)
The swing arm is already threaded to accept the "spools" which come with the stand(s). I have both stands: front and rear, but I do not know how to set up the front for its use, so I don't use it.
I don't understand why most bikes are not supplied with centre stands as standard equipment. They are special order, optional equipment items and they are very pricey. When I was checking out a V-strom they told me that a centre stand would cost around $150. plus installation was tricky. I am often reminded that a certain person has an exclusive brand which comes with a "self retracting centre stand". I suppose that is the way of the future, cost cutting to supply products with less features. For some reason they forgot to include a gas gauge on my model, but thankfully I have a low fuel reminder light, and a tachometer as standard equipment.
I am using Motul chain lube (for road bikes). It comes with a long tube which makes it easier to spray the lubricant into the correct spots while you manually turn the wheel. It doesn't take long to complete the circumference of the chain. It is always recommended to lube your chain after it has been warmed up and let it sit overnight to soak in.
My Kymco scooter is sitting idle watching the whole proceedings and probably chuckling to herself as a CVT requires no maintenance during its lifetime. The Kevlar belt will probably last upwards of 15,000 kms before replacement.
And my dog is happily resting oblivious to this whole maintenance thing dreaming she was in a warmer place sleeping under a coconut tree under a warm Florida sun.