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Old 05-23-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
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NOVA tire day?? Please??

Are any of you with the ability to put fresh rubber on a GS going to get together any time soon?

Also, do knobbies make the bike feel sketchy in the rain? I'm seeing a lot of people riding them on the street.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:46 PM   #2
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Memorial Day weekend is trashed for us - relatives coming in from all directions for the grand daughter's christening. The following weekend is BYOB, probably the best we can handle would be the weekend after BYOB.
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Old 05-23-2005, 02:05 PM   #3
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Are any of you with the ability to put fresh rubber on a GS going to get together any time soon?

Also, do knobbies make the bike feel sketchy in the rain? I'm seeing a lot of people riding them on the street.
Yes, knobbies make your bike feel sketchy on the street. Rain becomes a true adventure. If you need to stop quickly you'll find the front end dancing and it takes farther to stop - there's a lot less rubber playing Mr. Friction with the street. Corner turn-in sucks while the knobs flex about.
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Old 05-23-2005, 02:17 PM   #4
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If you can make it to Christiansburg, VA MM 118 on 81, I would be glad to help out.

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Old 05-24-2005, 08:17 AM   #5
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Damn Steverino...you did move a long way away!!! Thanks for the offer. I'm headed off to Germany for the next couple of years in a couple of weeks. I want to make sure the bike is ready to ride when it arrives. If I can squeeze in a trip south I'll take you up on the offer.

I saw the thread about the XR tire install in NOVA, but how about the GS? Will the guy in Alexandria put them on if I buy tires from SW Moto? Will anyone else closer to Reston do it?
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:33 AM   #6
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Morton's BMW in Fredericksburg installs tires I bring in loose. No questions asked...

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Old 05-24-2005, 11:13 AM   #7
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If you can make it to Christiansburg, VA MM 118 on 81, I would be glad to help out.

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Old 05-24-2005, 01:13 PM   #8
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:50 PM   #9
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wow...lots of good options!

Steverino...how easy is this to do? Can two noobs figure it out or is it worth a C note to have it done? I read the manual and there sure are a lot of steps. I hate to rely on a shop to do the easy stuff. I should have the tires in a coulple of days. Thanks everyone....
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Old 05-24-2005, 09:33 PM   #10
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wow...lots of good options!

Steverino...how easy is this to do? Can two noobs figure it out or is it worth a C note to have it done? I read the manual and there sure are a lot of steps. I hate to rely on a shop to do the easy stuff. I should have the tires in a coulple of days. Thanks everyone....
A little common sense, some mechanical ability and a few good tools and it isn't hard at all.

I use my HF tire changer to hold the wheel steady and at a reasonable height!

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Old 05-24-2005, 10:07 PM   #11
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Only special tools you're gonna need is if you want to balance them once they're on. There's a special balancing tool available from Aerostich (and others) which accomodates the BMW rear rim~ Don't forget to take the brake caliper off the rear- and don't overtighten the little nuts in the front. (DAMHIK!) Helps to have Steve do most of the work while you drink and hold the light!
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