I actually found getting something under the stand particularly difficult, since the stand will not opperate in the intended way using the gears and to lift her onto the stand in the traditional wayis most difficult. I jsut used to move the bike a bit and then clean each area of wheel a bit at a time.The answer to wheel cleaning is not difficult, just put a piece of 3/4" plywood under the stand before putting it on the stand, I don't know if 3/4" is enough, but you get the idea.
Some of the ride off stands come with slip on feet for exactly this purpose
I am sure you will enjoy the ease with which you can use it Ted, I found the paint wasn't too brilliant on the feet area of the stand and occassionally had to give it a blow over with some matt black spray paint. I found that high temp engine spray worked well and looked much the same. Can be bought in virtually any auto store and no doubt in Walmart, since they sell just about anything it seems!!!!Thanks Pete! Just ordered one. Stayed with the black. Reviewers gave the chrome a bad mark. I'm excited about the possibilities of better handling that center stand issue. What the heck!!