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    Has anyone tried the Harbor Freight Motorcycle Wheel Cleaning Stand on a Goldwing? It says it is rating for 500 lbs. Is that enough for either the front or rear tire?

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    Looks like you could drive onto it with your front tire and then put it on the center stand. The front will spin while you clean it and the back will spin while in neutural. Let us know how it works, I might go by and get one myself. Beats trying to turn it by hand.

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    If I need to spin the front wheel for cleaning I just use a scissor jack under the engine case with the bike up on the center stand. This works with the bike on the table lift as well. Easy peasy....

    Getting the wing off the center stand with that HF device is a struggle.... not so easy peasy....
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    I had one and took it back. Had issues when putting on centerstand where tire was not in all the way between the 2 rollers. It would sit on only one roller. I have carpet in garage not sure if that has anything to do with it. I exchanged it for one of those little caster wheel seats to roll around on and clean the bike. Now that works great!
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    Yes carpet is an issue, it sorta works ok on concrete getting it up on the center stand, but getting it off looks a little bit like a monkey and a football....

    Of course you could always just leave in on the side stand to do the front wheel.... shrug...
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    I seem to remember a post several months ago on this same item. The poster said that the rollers were very hard to turn with weight on them as if they had very poor bearings. Maybe they have improved since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingd1800 View Post
    I had one and took it back. Had issues when putting on centerstand where tire was not in all the way between the 2 rollers. It would sit on only one roller. I have carpet in garage not sure if that has anything to do with it. I exchanged it for one of those little caster wheel seats to roll around on and clean the bike. Now that works great!
    Carpet?? You have a fancy garage ey' I cant keep concrete clean how do you keep that nice?
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    get a lift, Pitbull is a popular lift but expensive, most of the cheaper ones will work just as well for polishing wheels, then u can sit on a chair and be comfortable
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    Like others have said, the rear spins in neutral on the centerstand. For the front I grab the wheel and pull up (while on the centerstand) and it picks the front end up enough to turn the tire so I can keep cleaning it. Although, generally, I let the good lord clean it for me when he waters the earth.
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    I have one, never use it. It's not a bad tool really, bearings are plenty OK for goldwing on the centerstand. The problems are lifting the front of the goldwing high enough to slip the wheel stand under. The goldwing is heavy to lift the front 2" off the floor while on the centerstand to slip the wheel cleaning stand under. It can be done, I did it, but then if the stand is not positioned just 100% perfectly perfect, the wheel when turned will walk off to one side or the other of the stand and make turning the wheel a chore rubbing on the frame of the cleaning stand. Much better to use the jack as mentioned or improvise some other means of lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpbucket View Post
    Carpet?? You have a fancy garage ey' I cant keep concrete clean how do you keep that nice?
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    This works really well for me.And much steadier than a scissor jack under the engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USNRider View Post
    Like others have said, the rear spins in neutral on the center stand. For the front I grab the wheel and pull up (while on the center stand) and it picks the front end up enough to turn the tire so I can keep cleaning it.
    You don't have to spend $30. With the bike on the center stand, it's easy to spin the front wheel.


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    It's a good concept but I found that the thing is probably meant for smaller bikes. it's not substantial enough to handle the Goldwing's weight. It supports the weight ok but when you spin the tire on it, the thing moves around and will not stay in a straight line. I give it a solid .
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    Works OK for my trike!
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    I had one of those front wheel rollers. Took it back. It might work for a lighter bike, but the GW1800 puts way too much weight on the rollers for it to work.
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    I have one of those and it works great. To get the bike on the rollers, I put the bike on the center stand, have the wife push down on the back of the bike and slide the rollers under the front wheel.
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    If you wait a while, it often goes on sale for about $19-22.
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    I have one and never use it. Like Fluke189 said, the wheel will walk to one side and its hard to deal with. Spend your money on something else.

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