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so, i am a new GW owner ( 1 week now). It's a 2010 with 49K miles and today i decide that i would take the rear wheel off to get a new tire on it. That was the scariest i thing i have ever done. The bike doesn't have any good jack point and i made the mistake of putting a motorcycle lift towards the rear where the coolant reservoir was and i think i damaged it. What bright Honda engineer decides to put the reservoir there?
To make a long story short, i think i will leave the tire change to the dealer from now on. On second thought, I should have tried the "lay the bike down" method.
 

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be happy you don't have a 1500 wing that needs a rear tire
 

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Or a 1200!
 

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Do the lay down method, very easy.
 

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1. The rear pivot point of the center stand is a rest point for a bike jack.
2. While still 2 wheeled, I removed the rear wheel using the "out the back" technique with no problem at all.
 

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Mine goes to see the Honda Store when tires are needed. Am mechanically Challenged.
 

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I use a lift. You have to remember to let the support toward the back of the bike be positioned right on where the centerstand hinges. I would love to just take it out while on the centerstand with the back fender removed but would have to fight with moving the amp out of the way. Mine is an '08. I can't remember what year they started putting the amp in the way. Next time I change the rear I will probably use my lift because I want to change brake pads also. But after that I will probably use the lay down method.
 

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No jack required, 2 easy ways to do it, either lay it down on the right side and remove the wheel or put it on the center stand and take the rear fender off and pull it out the back,
 

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I'm not useless with wrenches, but I'm no pro either. Wheel/tire changes can remain the domain of the shop folks.
 

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No jack required, 2 easy ways to do it, either lay it down on the right side and remove the wheel or put it on the center stand and take the rear fender off and pull it out the back,
Hey Joe, wondering what year yours is. On my '08 the stero amp is right smack in the way. I couldn't see an easy way to get it out of the way so I could pull the wheel out the back on the centerstand. On earlier 1800's the amp was not there.
 

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Hey Joe, wondering what year yours is. On my '08 the stero amp is right smack in the way. I couldn't see an easy way to get it out of the way so I could pull the wheel out the back on the centerstand. On earlier 1800's the amp was not there.
'08 here also. That's what I've " heard ". I've only done the lay -over method once ( intentionally ) . Looks like I'll do it again next spring.
 

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I did the lay over removal a couple of times this summer as I experimented with different wheels. Fairly easy, although getting it back upright is still a bit of a chore. That old guy in the video has either done it a lot more than me, or is in better physical shape (both probably true :().

When I took the rear fender off to install a trailer hitch a few weeks ago I saw the amp in it's box behind the wheel. It looked like it would be a lot more work than laying it over, although maybe not so much grunt work.

I'll continue to lay it down when I need to take the wheel off.
 
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