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New tires for new season 2020 - options, supplier, installer

oioioi

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very cool

but there's more to it than swapping tires
many riders do not have the facilities/abilities to re/re the wheels
change the tires and get everything back together without safety concerns

you are indeed above average

Shouldn't motorcycle tires be balanced just as car tires?

I would think you would need the proper equipment for this. Balancer, weights, etc.
If you go through tires often, I can see the investment paying itself off. But if you only do it once every few years, I would think that getting it done at a local shop would be a better option.
 
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moarmoto

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Next time let the wheel and new tire sit in the sun for a while to warm up, makes it a LOT easier.
It gets easier with practice.
Oh yeah I did that. I even started to cut the old tire with Dremel but it was making too much mess so I stopped.

What ended up helping in the end was 10 super thick zip ties, strength, and some odd angle that finally got it off.

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Trials

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very cool

but there's more to it than swapping tires
many riders do not have the facilities/abilities to re/re the wheels
change the tires and get everything back together without safety concerns

you are indeed above average
What would you do if it was a tractor tire mostly full of calcium chloride solution and you had to change it in a field would that make you above average or just a farmer :unsure:
 

J_F

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the calcium will come out when you take the tire off
it's pumped back into the new tire before airing up
it is not difficult, but it's messy
most farmers have no problem with messy
 

Trials

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the calcium will come out when you take the tire off
it's pumped back into the new tire before airing up
it is not difficult, but it's messy
most farmers have no problem with messy
Yes and the tire is also too big for a human to lift :|
piece of cake if you can swing a sledge hammer with some accuracy :ROFLMAO:
 

J_F

gringo diablo
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Shouldn't motorcycle tires be balanced just as car tires?

I would think you would need the proper equipment for this. Balancer, weights, etc.
If you go through tires often, I can see the investment paying itself off. But if you only do it once every few years, I would think that getting it done at a local shop would be a better option.
sure do need to balance them
I get the entire job done for $100 + tax at my local dealer

new tires on, balanced, rear aligned, chain adjusted
everything torqued properly, old tires disposed of

nothing wrong with doing it yourself
but for that price I ain't doing it
 

Wingboy

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Never balanced the rear. There is no point with the chain and sprocket. Shaft drive, ok. Won't hurt.
 

moarmoto

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I just did a poor man's balancing using jack stands. I think it's good enough for me, if it's good enough for someone.

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STARSHIP

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Excellent value

I take my wheels of the bike and take them in and that usually costs $80 for a pair mounted and balanced.

I don’t mind as it is is good opportunity to clean the brake callipers and areas that are difficult with the wheels in place.

QUOTE="J_F, post: 2655002, member: 50943"]
sure do need to balance them
I get the entire job done for $100 + tax at my local dealer

new tires on, balanced, rear aligned, chain adjusted
everything torqued properly, old tires disposed of

nothing wrong with doing it yourself
but for that price I ain't doing it
[/QUOTE]
 

BigEvilDoer

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Since the OP was also asking for suggestions...

Dunlop Roadsmart 3 - solid. Great grip, excellent longevity
Pirelli Angel ST - great tire, same longevity as Roadsmart 3
Bridgestone T30 - decent grip, but feel really wooden and have lousy feedback

Rode the dragon at spirited pace with the Roadsmart 3 and Angel ST rear tires on (had Q3 and Rosso 3 fronts) and neither had any problem with the grip.

All 3 were good in the rain.
 

MarioRRR

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very cool

but there's more to it than swapping tires
many riders do not have the facilities/abilities to re/re the wheels
change the tires and get everything back together without safety concerns

you are indeed above average
Exactly. One of the aspects is balancing.
I am taking about dynamic balancing, not static.
 

regder

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Doesn't anybody change their own tires anymore?
Hello no, well sometimes.

When I can get them changed for $50-60 off the bike, I'll save myself the headache.

Changing my own tires is only a last resort if my schedule is busy and I can't get them to a shop.
 

miggs

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Good tires.

Don't overthink it, they're all good tires.
True.
But everyone has their preference of brand.
...just like oil :p
 

Mad Mike

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Yikes! $250 to change a set of tires? I used to get mine done at Speedworx - $40 each and they matched prices on tires. They could re&re and balance 2 tires on my shaft drive Yammi in about 1/2 an hour minutes. The last time I had tires changed, they did my FJR and my buddies ST1300 in just over an hour (one mechanic).

Maybe that's why they are no longer in business.
 

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