Changing a Motorcycle Tire
Motorcycle tire irons, motorcycle tire levers or motorcycle tire spoons what ever handle you want to use to describe the indispensable little tools that I am going to use while changing my tire is going to make my life just that much easier and I will tell you why.[phpzon keywords=”motorcycle tire levers” num=”1″ country=”US” trackingid=”stinsoadvent-20″ templatename=”default” paging=”true”]
This turns a job done with pry bars and flat tip screw drivers, into a breeze with these little guys. Why not use pry bars and flat tip screwdrivers? Because these are hardened and can damage your rim, plus who needs or wants a bent or broken screwdriver, plus you risk puncturing the tube if you have one, or if on a tub less tire pry bars and screwdrivers really can tear up the bead of the tires. A good strong bead with no rips and tears is what you want.
In the picture below shows the front wheel off one of our KLR’s it has a new tire being mounted. These are tube type tires so a new tube is recommended and a new rim band as well. The rim band on this bike is in like new condition so it will not be replaced. The picture shows two little silver bars off to the right.
The two silver bars you see by the tire are called motorcycle tire levers. Take care and small “bites” of the tire (referring to don’t try and pull half the tire bead over the rim edge), work away at it in little increments… use a rag soaked with dish soap and a bit of water to put on the tire edge that you are working on, this makes it slippery enough to slide over the rim instead of being forced over.
If running tubes put just enough air in the tube to make it keeps it shape. Place the tube inside the tire that you have one side on already and this helps keep everything aligned for the valve stem to go thru the rim.
Now the fun part, up to this point your tire mounting should be fairly simple…. OK maybe not, but this is where your day can go wrong fast. Now to put the top side of the tire bead on the rim, without puncturing the tube or you get to do this over and patch the tube….. as I had to do today to a brand news tube … really sucked filling it with air then hearing that psssssssss sound. So again take a rag and soak the tire edge with soapy water, and again take little increments with the tire levers… this top side can benefit from being pushed down in towards the center of the rim to aid in getting the remainder on easier. Tough to do on some hard style off road tires..but soon you will get the hang of what works best for you. Once the tire is mounted add air and hope for the best. Reinstall the motorcycle wheel on your bike as per specs on your model, make sure all spacers and wheel adjusters get put back on into there proper places. Should be none of ” oh wonder what this is” or ” where did that come from” the only parts you should have left over are a old motorcycle tire and tube and motorcycle tools you used.
Again for more in depth procedure on how to mount your tires contact the pros. You tube has some good informational videos, that you might find useful.
These little tire irons are from Moose racing, comes in a little pouch. We make sure these guys go in with the rest of our Motorcycle tools, we also carry a patch kit with new rubber cement and loads of patches (you don’t want to be in need of rubber cement or a patch 30 kilometers from the nearest store).
We picked our original kit at Canadian tire for around $15… came with 100 various size patches for all types of rubber repairs and a 1 ounce of rubber cement.
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