"If you lift the bike from the pegs"...never heard of that.How do you do that?
Only difference is I use a center pivot stand.That way no need to have to 'lower bike on wheel' part and remove stand.
With the chain breaker,for me it was always simpler and easier to grind the heads off the link.Then I take a large flattip screwdriver and wedge into the plate,popping that off,slide link out.So much easier than trying to tighten that pin in there to push on the link.I then connect the new chain end to the old chain,put trans in N.Pull old chain through front sprocket and remove once it gets to the rear,where I link the new chain ends together.Add plate,then crimp.Voila!Easy.
I'll tell ya...the center pivot stand really works great.Can check front play and steering action,along with bearing action.Or tire replacement especially if I'm doing front and back.Small floorjack under the exhaust headers,lift gently just enough for the front wheel to clear the ground.Really helps as well to line up the axle in there.You can drop or raise the floorjack just right to slide that axle in/out without drama.Taking any pressure off that fork /axle interface.
I used to remove the front fender as well when changing out tires.I stopped doing that when I got the center stand and jack.Just removed the calipers,and she slides right out.You guys probably already do it like that.I have a pitbull front stand with the pin.I used that for a while.Always removed the fender when I did use it.Center stand's so much easier.
Last edited by h2madness!; 12-06-2018 at 05:48 AM.