strength of engine/oil pan
Anyone know if the oil pan/bottom of engine is strong enough to put a jack with a wooden block to lift the bike up for a several minutes? I just need to lift the front up to take off the front wheel, then I can shove a jack stand under the forks. The rear will be on a stand.
I've heard that lifting the pipes is ok, but it doesn't sound right to me, especially when the rear is only supported by a bracket. Plus, lifting the pipe will probably tip the bike to one side.
i jack up bikes using the pipes all day long at work and have never had a problem. oil pans are way more delicate than the pipes.
using two milk crates under the front end would be a lot less prone to breakage than lifting at the oil pan or the pipes.
undo your bolts and loosen the axle, lean the bike to one side a bit, put a milk crate under, lift, and slide a crate under the other side. then put the rear on the stand.
its crude, but it works.