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Old 08-23-2014, 01:36 AM   #16
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I took a wheel with everything needed to a local shop and it cost $30 to take the old tire off and put the new one on and balance. I just couldn't get the front tire off by hand. It just cost me my time for the rear though.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:21 AM   #17
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Researching doing it myself. God bless the you tubes.


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That's all I did. It is easier than you think. Just remember to take your time. If you are working too hard, you're probably doing something wrong. Step away before you get frustrated and come back to it later. Here are the tools I invested in:

Motion Pro Bead Breaker:

http://www.amazon.com/Motion-Pro-08-.../dp/B008OXIYM6

Levers:

You can use the levers that are part of the Bead Breaker, but I bought some more. It's nice to have at least 3, I've found. Something like this:

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/c...ro-tire-levers

Rim Protectors

You can use cut up milk cartons, but I sprung for these. I also found life to be a lot easier by having 3 of them, which means 2 sets:

http://www.revzilla.com/product/moti...rim-protectors

Lubricant:

Spray it all over the tire bead and lip of the rim. Overdo it. I use some dish soap and water in a spray bottle.

Use the new tire as a tire changing stand while removing the old tire. Then use the old tire as a stand when installing the new tire. That will keep your rotor/sprocket off the floor. You can also use some sections of 2x4.

As you said, google lots of videos to watch people do it. Your first change might take an hour. Your subsequent changes will easily drop to under a half hour.

Good luck and if you have any problems or questions, just post here and you'll get help.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:23 AM   #18
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Thanks guys. That's actually an awesome informative post above.

I ended up finding someone locally through advrider. He reached out to me and changed my tires for $40 each.
I watched him do the entire thing. He had tons of awesome tools specially for the job. Balanced and all.


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Old 08-26-2014, 10:50 AM   #19
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Which tires did you end up buying?
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:51 AM   #20
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K60
http://city-gs.com/2014/08/26/heidenau-k60/


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Old 08-26-2014, 10:58 AM   #21
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Thanks. Planning on doing lots of non-paved trails?
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:43 PM   #22
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K60 trailside tube change was one of the most difficult tires to wrestle in the rough. A bar of soap would be a good addition to the trail bag instead of toothpaste.
Yikes! Two bills for changing out tires at a shop is a bit much = would rather put it towards- 2 rear 18" tires - although, 40$ ea. change is not bad, heh, k60 full change is something I would rather watch than do myself.

Can't agree more with sparkymcgee - Some good items and tips there.
That amount for two tires and the waiting and scheduling and transporting to the shop can easily set yourself up with your own changing station tools.
I use - http://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/Mo...Changing-Stand
Leaving the rubber in the Sun and using lots of soap is key! Like the milk carton rim protector idea. As mentioned, two in the kit is good but one more would be perfect.


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Old 08-27-2014, 10:49 PM   #23
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Ok... here is the deal about changing tire that everyone who does it knows and i'm guessing everyone else doesn't....

IT IS REALLY NOT THAT HARD TO CHANGE YOUR OWN FRIGGIN TIRES...

there i said it... really ... i have done if four times with no formal training other then youtube.... actually the four times is on my bike... have done more then i can count doing other peoples tires...

Anyway... please don't pay someone unless you have some physical limitations, have no arms, or, you are stupid rich...
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:20 AM   #24
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Anyway... please don't pay someone unless you have some physical limitations, have no arms, or, you are stupid rich...
I call it "office hands".
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:32 AM   #25
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Changing tires is fun. Yeah, riiight. But it must be done, and it's better to know how than not. Be careful not to gouge alloy wheels near the bead surface, though.

My F800GS wheels and tires awaiting my love and attention:


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Old 08-28-2014, 07:37 AM   #26
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:14 AM   #27
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May your tire irons find their way under your fingernails.

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Old 08-28-2014, 11:37 AM   #28
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Tire changes on the road

I was on a trip and got a puncture (close to the sidewall). It all worked out as I was in Wisconsin and was able to rely on the kindness of strangers. Plus, I discovered the president of the local MOA had his phone number published on his website. He was a great help.

My partner says he really doesn't want to have to change a tubeless tire on the road because it's so hard to get the tire on and off. I assume it's harder than a tire with a tube, but how difficult is it really?
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:03 AM   #29
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I was on a trip and got a puncture (close to the sidewall). It all worked out as I was in Wisconsin and was able to rely on the kindness of strangers. Plus, I discovered the president of the local MOA had his phone number published on his website. He was a great help.

My partner says he really doesn't want to have to change a tubeless tire on the road because it's so hard to get the tire on and off. I assume it's harder than a tire with a tube, but how difficult is it really?

just as easy if you have filled out your profile first

Really I find the difficulties arise more from the tire than from the rim. Well I changed the tires of an englishman who had a puncture in his tube on a 76ish suzuki 750. Easiest tire change in history, litteraly took me 9minutes with time to unmount and put it back it on the bike.

On my boxer it is a bite more pita due to the design of the rim but takes me a bit longer but not that much. just use your sidestand to break the beat and you're good to go :o)
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:11 AM   #30
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I usually buy my Conti's from a local Honda dealer, if I take the wheels off the bike and bring them in, he usually works out a reasonable price. Looking at the price and comparing the online price, I probably am paying about $30 a tire to have them mounted.

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