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Old 08-07-2006, 03:36 PM   #35
"Old Guys Rule"!
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Central Oregon
Oddometer: 261
Let me echo Pantah's response. I did my first rear tire change on the 950 last week. After removing the valve core from the tube, I slipped a tire iron between the edge of the rim & the tire bead & opened a gap. Rather than WD40, I brushed in some RuGlyde tire lube (available from Napa). I did this at several points all around the tire.

Before resorting to the sidestand trick, I took a Bead Popper (a plastic oversized chisel available from place like Aerostich) & gave it a few good whacks with a hammer between the tire & the rim. Much to my delight, the bead broke loose immediately.

Not only was I thrilled with the ease of breaking the bead, but knowing that I can easily pack the Bead Popper on the bike was a bonus.
'05 KTM 950 Adventure
'93 Ducati 900 Superlight
'89 Honda Hawk 650 GT
'73 CZ 250 MX
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