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Old 12-06-2012, 02:56 PM   #16
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Pretty ingenious Yardstick. You must have a lot of experience.

My old 2004 950A had a particularly high safety bead molded into the rim. I am told the 2006 and later models have a more friendly rim. In my case, I bought a custom bead breaker I could carry and I ground off some of the safety bead by simply running the thing in 2nd gear on the center stand and holding a file to the safety bead of a bare rim. Then I ground 10 inches of the safety bead off completely, opposite the stem and painted a spoke to mark it. Worked for 7 years for me with a few trailside flat fixes or tire replacements.

I used WD40 as a lube and Cyclepump for inflation. The front could use a little trail jack to hold it up when pulling that wheel, but I generally used a Gobi case.

Today I ride a Yam wrr and a KTM 690R. They are much easier to spoon rubber. Part of it is because the tires are softer. I use a compact trail jack for those bikes. Don't even need a center stand.
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