I am far, far too lazy on my chain care. I do 250+ miles a week and barely check once a month or less as I work long hours, then when I get home will need to get a neighbour around to balance the bike while I do the chain.
What I should do is get a cheap paddock stand and just stop making excuses and get into the habit of cleaning / oiling much more often.
On which point, does anyone reccomend a cheap stand? And do I need to look out for anything? I assume I can just pick up something like this:
Not sure they fit the ‘cheap’ part of the brief though… You’re looking at £160 for both front and rear (I did it for my old Suzuki - other models may vary). From memory I spent close to £35 for both front and rear paddock and still have them 7 years on. Although not really used them in past 3 years as the KTM as a centre stand.
The only thing I would look for is to see if you can get a paddock with both the ‘platform’ style adaptors and the hooks. If you can add the bobbins to your bike, the hooks make it easier and more secure. The one you have linked, the platform is open ended - I would prefer something that has three sides to it, might make it easier to align and get right (feel more secure)
As always, with paddocks the first few times are tricky, especially if you’re trying to bring the bike level one handed. But you get used to it very quickly (just don’t get too cocky). First times you can use a block of wood under stand to straighten it a bit…
Never used one but how freely does the wheel spin on it? I suspect it's not as freely as when it's off the ground. When re-lubing chain, the method I was shown at OMC was to spin the wheel and then spray at the point where chain hits the sprocket... keep spinning with one hand to keep speed up and very quickly you have an evenly lubed chain :)
Aany cheap paddock stand will hold your bike up. However when you’re under the bike and the wind causes the stand to wobble, you’ll wish you bought something more substantial. I’ve got a Harris stand I bought locally from ebay for about £30 which is super strong.