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Old 11-20-2013, 07:10 AM   #31
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I got the steel forged ones and modified them a bit. First, I drilled and countersunk 10mm holes the length of the irons; that lightened them about 2-3 ozs. each. Next, I narrowed and rounded the spoon ends to ~5/8" then smoothed out the finish and polished the ends. Lastly, I smoothed and polished the bead breaker ends. The forks slip under the rim flange fairly easy and, even though they'll still scratch the paint, the spoon ends don't gouge the aluminum as before.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:16 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by ciedema View Post
As I said I don't like the side stand. It works for sure, but is awkward if you are by yourself on a fully loaded bike. These are light and faster than using the side stand.

Yeah that is complete crap. They great to use I have used them heaps of times, as for weight they weigh 9 ounces nothing.
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Nobody blinked when I mentioned the price. And while I prefer the normal aluminum MP levers . . . these are a fine 3rd, if you really need it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #33
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[QUOTE=ciedema;21370657]I can do that with anything other the 4" rim on the back of the Adventure, generally not even that extreme, a quick lever under the edge of the rim and bang it is done, but I can't do it this rim due the safety bead. I could be to unco though :)

I agree; bought these and received a week before my first flat on the 950; very lucky for me. They work like a charm. The easiest I have ever had actually and it was the rear. Nicely made as well.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:08 PM   #34
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Comments on the pros and cons of tbe forged steel vs. aluminum ones?

The steel ones appear heavier and longer but could be used as tire irons.

The shorter ones would pack easier but don't look useful as irons.

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:23 PM   #35
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I own the longer steel version and they fit under the seat of my 990R, I have only used them at home but they easily broke the bead with a 908RR on the stock rear rim. I got them for the extra length and leverage since the 908RR's can be tough to remove and side stand method can be inconvenient depending on the trail conditions. I used the short aluminum version recently on a buddies dirt bike as tire irons and they worked fine, but didn't try the bead breaking feature.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:28 PM   #36
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I didn't even know there were two versions. I see now there are:


I recently bought the (shorter, more expensive aluminum version) but have yet to use them. I'd probably only ever need them on the 950 as I have no issue breaking dirtbike beads using standard 6" irons. So for 950-only use if the longer steel ones fit under the seat they might be the way to go. They are cheaper and I can't imagine any less-effective.

Expect more replies saying you don't need either and to just use the side-stand

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:36 PM   #37
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You just need the sidestand. Kidding. I have the shorter ones and was able to break the bead on an '04 950. It surprised me, but after spending the money I was sure glad..
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:44 PM   #38
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Every one talks of the side stand not being mounted the best then they want to use as a bead breaker? No thanks. And yes, my bike had the beef kit on it.

MP Al u menium bead breakers work well for breaking and spooning of a used rubber.

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Old 02-13-2014, 07:48 PM   #39
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can these things break some stiff touring tubeless tires? seems like I could snap the tips off those aluminum ones trying!
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:04 PM   #40
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can these things break some stiff touring tubeless tires? seems like I could snap the tips off those aluminum ones trying!
I haven't tried - but I think they would work just fine. They are really quite strong.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:35 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by pne View Post
can these things break some stiff touring tubeless tires? seems like I could snap the tips off those aluminum ones trying!
I broke the beads on my ST1300 using the small aluminum ones.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:58 PM   #42
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I have the alum MP breakers. Nice tool however I did have trouble breaking the bead on a Mefo mounted on my stock wheel. I ended up using the side stand on my 300. I will carry the MP tool with me so I can get out of a pickle but if I have a buddy with me I will use his side stand.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:54 PM   #43
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I've a set of the AL breakers and have found they work as advertised on my 690 and 950. Although the sidestand method does indeed work, I don't always have another sidestand available.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:19 PM   #44
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I used the aluminum ones to bust down my 37" military tires on double beadlocks. To make it extra interesting, when I assembled them several years ago the paint was still wet really welding the bead. I tried everything to get the bead to break. Sledgehammer. Hilift jack. Tire spoons and a sledgehammer. I was to the point that I was about to get out the sawzall and cut the old tires off. In desperation, I grabbed the aluminum breakers off the 990 and instantly felt like an idiot. I could break the bead with one hand. It's amazing the amount of leverage exerted with these things.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:36 AM   #45
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I think by now, EVERY person understands that the side-stand trick exists. WE GET IT. We don't need another post stating it. This thread isn't titled "what technique should I use to break the bead", it's titled " Motion Pro - BeadPro Tire Bead Breaker and Lever Tool".

Please try to honor the topic/spirit of a thread, if you can't, then noone is forcing you to post on it.
And in that honor, these things are great!!! As you state the rear is quite the pain and most things mention may or may not work; example the original tire was on the bike for 3 years down here in the florida heat. Pretty much stuck on. Ended up taking that one to the shop as everything I tried failed.
Had a set of these for my blowout and once they are in there, 2 minutes and the bead is broken. Well worth the money and you know they are going to work. Whats not to like? Fully recommended.
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