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Old 01-18-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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What's the best Tire Iron?

I need a set for home and for when $#@! happens on the road...

How these look for 30 bucks? 8 1/2", 11" and 16"



http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...px?sst=RR|4456
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
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Have you seen the ones that double as wrenches?
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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Usually, the ones I left at home when I "find" a flat tire,,










I like my Motion Pro irons, longer is better if yer old and weak.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:30 PM   #4
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Motion Pro

4 of these (come in pairs of two):



Plus this



Along with this:



Then call it a day
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:41 PM   #5
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I use three of these.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:26 PM   #6
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I need a set for home and for when $#@! happens on the road...

How these look for 30 bucks? 8 1/2", 11" and 16"



http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...px?sst=RR|4456

I've got a set of these Motion-Pro irons and they work well but I'd trade the 8.5 and 11 for another 16"
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:06 PM   #7
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I've got a set of these Motion-Pro irons and they work well but I'd trade the 8.5 and 11 for another 16"
I have 2 clones of the 16" (and the MRP wheel stand). That and a bead breaker is all I need.... along with the trail bead buddy, a valve core tool, soap, talc, and probably some other things I've forgotten about.

On the road I use plugs. If that doesn't work I'll use my credit card.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:44 AM   #8
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I need a set for home and for when $#@! happens on the road...

How these look for 30 bucks? 8 1/2", 11" and 16"



http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/205/4456/ITEM/Motion-Pro-Assorted-Tire-Iron-Set.aspx?sst=RR|4456

This is the set I use - actually I have 2 sets, one each on different continents - they work just fine.

The important issue is to keep the far side of the tire off the shoulder.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:27 AM   #9
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I like the spoon-shaped models...like the Motion Pro...better than those sharp, pointy models. I've experienced less tube puncture heartburn with the spoon versions. People are different, however, and most of tire changing comes down to a great degree of technique. A decent amount of length goes a long way in easing the pain for many DOT tires...and even some gnarly pure off road tires. For the more dirt worthy DS bikes like the WR250R, KLX250, and such, longer tire irons can be challenging to pack or carry. I ended up finding a convenient place to attach my 14" tire iron to my bike while carrying the 2 smaller spoon-style levers in my rack bag. At home, I use 2 very long automotive spoon-style levers that are about 18" and 24" long respectively. They were purchased from a truck stop/service station supplier outlet, and they are freakin' stout.

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Old 01-19-2010, 08:44 AM   #10
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I carry two 8 1/2" irons with me on the bike at all times, but use long ones at home.

I can get by with the little ones and carry those just because they are easy to stuff away somewhere on the bike. The longer ones are definitely easier to use, though.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:16 AM   #11
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I use two 16" motion pro's with a shorter model for dealing with 'fine stuff' at home. I carry (2) 11" models plus an 8" in my motorcycle tools.

Lube is king, along with understanding the 'drop-center' motorcycle rims.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:32 AM   #12
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I've got twenty or thirty tire irons of various sizes in my shop toolboxes but almost always use the 16" Motion Pros, especially on tubeless street bike tires. You need 3 of them to make thing easiest. But they're probably overkill for dirt bike tires.

For a tubeless street bike toolkit, I plug so don't carry tire irons. For a bike with tubes, I carry the shorter 8" or 10" ones depending on the space on the bike. The ones with rounded teardrop ends look like they would result in fewer skinned knuckles and I may look into getting some.

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Old 09-30-2011, 03:32 PM   #13
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long is best at home, but what's the best tire iron to carry with you?

couldn't find any to suit me, so took two harbor freight ($5 ea) 24in tire irons.
then ground them down to correct thinness for motorcycle tire use.




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Old 09-30-2011, 04:10 PM   #14
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And the answer is........Stubby Tire Tools! Love these things. They don't mar the rim, are lightweight, easy on the hands, grip the beed well, and provide all around goodness in removing or putting on tires. Have not used them with tubed tires, but they work great on sportbike tires.
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:30 PM   #15
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And the answer is........Stubby Tire Tools! Love these things. They don't mar the rim, are lightweight, easy on the hands, grip the beed well, and provide all around goodness in removing or putting on tires. Have not used them with tubed tires, but they work great on sportbike tires.
they look excellent! which model is best for taking along?
standard stubby is 12in vs 8.5 for backpacker
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