ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Beasts
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-06-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
vtwin OP
Air cooled runnin' mon
 
vtwin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: NorCal
Oddometer: 6,948
New Tires For the Ulysses!

6.5k plus on the Uly and the Synchs are looking kind of thin.




So I ordered a set of Avon Storms since I don't plan on doing any dirt real soon. My commute, as you can tell, is straight interstate. These arrived in 3 days of ordering them.





I decided to try my hand at replacing these myself with penny tech tools.



OK, special tool. A quick search for the tool kit and guess what? The dealer never put it under the seat . Of course I was too dumb to look for it too when I picked it up in late July! Ok, manual says it's 7/8". Hmm, I think I have something that will work, a spark plug socket!



A little finagleling and voila!





Using Sandiegoland's method of bead breaking, I tell you he makes it look too easy. Not the same experience I end up having. But my tool assistant, the Rover, is definitely more stylish than his Toyota.




Interesting that it came out perfectly balanced . I suspect I'm gonna have a whole lota shaking tomorrow!


Ok, front is done, now to the rear.




The rear tire gave me alot of grief. Not much of a valley in the middle of the wheel to give me slack to pop the bead over the edge. Plus the 180/55 X 17 is way fat and stiff. But I prevailed, had too, I need that bike tomorrow to get to work!



So with new tires on and spending 5 hours replacing them, I think next time I'll just take them off and have the pros replace and balance them. They also will get rid of the old tires, all for $40. And my back won't ache I think I'm getting too old for this.
Looking good now.

Anybody want a set of "broken in" Synchs for free, you haul. Only worn in the center.
__________________
"Alles hat ein Ende--nur die Wurst, sie hat zwei"
Monroe.

"You only have too much fuel if you're on fire"
unknown
vtwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 04:53 PM   #2
atwoodtja
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: New England, US
Oddometer: 249
Don't give up after one tire change, it gets easier! I can do both in about 1.5 hours these days, usually with no blood shed :)

By the way, not needing a balancing weight is a good thing. Usually I shoot for this by setting the light spot on the tire to the (measured) heaviest spot on the rim, but sometimes you just get lucky without trying (like my last rear tire change using contis, which don't have any weight mark).
atwoodtja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 05:26 PM   #3
vtwin OP
Air cooled runnin' mon
 
vtwin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: NorCal
Oddometer: 6,948
Quote:
Originally Posted by atwoodtja
Don't give up after one tire change, it gets easier! I can do both in about 1.5 hours these days, usually with no blood shed :)

By the way, not needing a balancing weight is a good thing. Usually I shoot for this by setting the light spot on the tire to the (measured) heaviest spot on the rim, but sometimes you just get lucky without trying (like my last rear tire change using contis, which don't have any weight mark).
Thanks, I feel better. My Avons did not come with the balancing dot either. I did find out something, the rear wheel bearings are rough feeling with a bad spot. Called the dealer and setup an appointment. Some good out of all this anyway.
__________________
"Alles hat ein Ende--nur die Wurst, sie hat zwei"
Monroe.

"You only have too much fuel if you're on fire"
unknown
vtwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2008, 06:41 PM   #4
johnjen
Mod-U-Later
 
johnjen's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2001
Location: Seattle
Oddometer: 15,125
This belongs in beasts

JJ
__________________
An illustrious quote from vermin:
"I lie to myself because I am the only one who continues to believe me."
johnjen is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 06:43 AM   #5
paochow
Bye bye desert
 
paochow's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: MinneSota
Oddometer: 1,177
Quote:
Originally Posted by vtwin
Thanks, I feel better. My Avons did not come with the balancing dot either. I did find out something, the rear wheel bearings are rough feeling with a bad spot. Called the dealer and setup an appointment. Some good out of all this anyway.
Tire changes is a good time to check them. I carefully popped the seals off of mine, only to realize that they had been infected with rust.
paochow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 09:26 AM   #6
TipsyMcStagger
Beastly Adventurer
 
TipsyMcStagger's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: NYC & NPR, FL
Oddometer: 1,002
I had Avon Stroms on my B12. Good tires. Sticky and wear well. I like dual compound.

Still wish they made TKC's to fit the Uly...or Uly wheels to fit TKC's.

Tipsy
__________________
2008 Buell XB12X Ulysses

"There's a plane! Where there's a plane there's probably a pilot! Where there's a pilot there must be a bar! I can finally get a drink!" - Brian from Family Guy
TipsyMcStagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 08:01 PM   #7
Hog Rider
The Professor
 
Hog Rider's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Fenner Windfarm N.Y.
Oddometer: 1,329
You have not mentioned how they feel on the road. I am planning on ether the Avons like you have, or the Michelin Road pilot 2. I have the Dunlop 616 on my bike and as soon as the rear wears out. ( I swear that I think that the tire is evaporating when the bike sits still). I will be going to pure street tires.
__________________

Hog Rider

IBA # 31325
AMA# 739943
Cobb
Etc..



http://carlstwowheeledadventures.blogspot.com

2006 Buell Ulysses, Current Rally Mount
1984 HD Electra Glide Classic
1977 BMW R 100/7 Cafe'
1982 Honda CBX Super Sport, Work in progress
Hog Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2008, 10:13 PM   #8
FT BSTRD
Welcome to The Dispersive
 
FT BSTRD's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: TN, WHERE THE MEN ARE MEN AND THE SHEEP ARE SCARED
Oddometer: 4,334
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hog Rider
You have not mentioned how they feel on the road. I am planning on ether the Avons like you have, or the Michelin Road pilot 2. I have the Dunlop 616 on my bike and as soon as the rear wears out. ( I swear that I think that the tire is evaporating when the bike sits still). I will be going to pure street tires.
I have had both on the Uly. They are VERY similar in profile and stickyness. I haven't had the PR2CTs on long enough to be able to comment on tire wear, but so far I like them.

You can't go wrong with either tire.
__________________
Honorary C-3 Member

Quote:
Originally Posted by scottie boy View Post
If you calculated the money spent versus time actually used, vaginas cost more per hour than the space shuttle.
FT BSTRD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 08:10 AM   #9
MiamiMotorcyclist
used to be -MiamiUly
 
MiamiMotorcyclist's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Miami, Fl.
Oddometer: 1,853
Wow- you managed that with bicycle tire spoons??

Good to know that is possible if needed.

And good tip on the spark plug tool too.
MiamiMotorcyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 05:09 PM   #10
vtwin OP
Air cooled runnin' mon
 
vtwin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: NorCal
Oddometer: 6,948
Quote:
Originally Posted by MiamiUly
Wow- you managed that with bicycle tire spoons??

Good to know that is possible if needed.

And good tip on the spark plug tool too.
I used the bike spoons just to hold the bead in place. I ended up breaking two of them. I then used some nylon prying tools that windshield installers use and two large pry bars wrapped with electrical tape and bicycle inner tubes. I only made minimal scratches on the rims.
__________________
"Alles hat ein Ende--nur die Wurst, sie hat zwei"
Monroe.

"You only have too much fuel if you're on fire"
unknown
vtwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 05:13 PM   #11
vtwin OP
Air cooled runnin' mon
 
vtwin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: NorCal
Oddometer: 6,948
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hog Rider
You have not mentioned how they feel on the road. I am planning on ether the Avons like you have, or the Michelin Road pilot 2. I have the Dunlop 616 on my bike and as soon as the rear wears out. ( I swear that I think that the tire is evaporating when the bike sits still). I will be going to pure street tires.
I've only done about 50 miles on them since the rear wheel bearings and paranoid thoughts of rear tire lockup on my way to work worries me . They do turn quicker than the flat centered Synchs and they run smooth through rain grooved roads. The Synchs seemed to wander on those roads. I like them so far.
__________________
"Alles hat ein Ende--nur die Wurst, sie hat zwei"
Monroe.

"You only have too much fuel if you're on fire"
unknown
vtwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 05:28 PM   #12
RedUly
Esse Quam Videri
 
RedUly's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Raleigh, NC
Oddometer: 5,686
Quote:
Originally Posted by vtwin
the rear wheel bearings are rough feeling with a bad spot. Called the dealer and setup an appointment. Some good out of all this anyway.
http://www.applied.com/apps/commerce...e=10&s=4021061

Just in case you don't want OEM bearings.
__________________
The point is that one doesn't have to dismiss their sense of decency and diplomacy to make a point. - Luap
I think people who are that bad at lying are probably too stupid to be taken seriously. - #18
You're a slut. But you're cute, so it's ok. - MayQueen
RedUly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 05:09 PM   #13
vtwin OP
Air cooled runnin' mon
 
vtwin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: NorCal
Oddometer: 6,948
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlnance
http://www.applied.com/apps/commerce...e=10&s=4021061

Just in case you don't want OEM bearings.
Thanks. I may just go down to King Bearing in San Jose and match them up. My friend that was a former United mechanic swears by SKF bearings. They are made in Sweden and of very good quality steel per my friend. He likes them better than Timkens (made in Germany) and has installed them in airplanes.

http://www.skfpt.com/bearings.html

http://www.timken.com/EN-US/PRODUCTS...s/default.aspx
__________________
"Alles hat ein Ende--nur die Wurst, sie hat zwei"
Monroe.

"You only have too much fuel if you're on fire"
unknown
vtwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 06:20 PM   #14
Adrian 8
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Memphis, Indiana
Oddometer: 265
I have run 2 sets of Pilot Roads, on set of Syncs, One Avon Azaro, 2 Sets of Avon Storms and I am on my first set of Michelin PR2s.. on my ULY. They are all good...I have not really warmed up to the PR2 yet..got about 2K on them..for handling I liked the Syncs..the Pilot Roads were noisy..The Azaro was good for the money..
Adrian 8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 06:28 PM   #15
FT BSTRD
Welcome to The Dispersive
 
FT BSTRD's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: TN, WHERE THE MEN ARE MEN AND THE SHEEP ARE SCARED
Oddometer: 4,334
You sound like me.

One Set of D616s
Two Sets of Avon Azaros
Two Sets of Avon Storms
One Set of Stradas
One Set of PR2CTs

I have to say that the Storms and the 2CTs have been my favorite.
__________________
Honorary C-3 Member

Quote:
Originally Posted by scottie boy View Post
If you calculated the money spent versus time actually used, vaginas cost more per hour than the space shuttle.
FT BSTRD is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014