Changed my own tires for the first time ever
Stupid thread, I know, but I just wanted to make some observations:
I thought it would be easy, because they're tube type tires right? Figured there wouldn't be too terribly much of a bead seat, wouldn't be too much tension getting em on. WRONG!
So it's a huge pain in the butt, and I'm sure tubeless are even harder, and god help you if you actually give a damn about how the rims look (good thing it's a KLR -- I wouldn't be happy to have done this damage to my Concours or CB750!).
But above that, my number 1 observation is that shops overcharge for tire mounting. The hardest part of the operation was the rear wheel, and specifically breaking the bead; I ran over the tire with my truck and it still wouldn't break. So I took it to the local shop that has the tools for the job (shop rate $100/hr!) and they charged me $5. With the right tools, removing a tire takes about the same amount of time as breaking a bead, and installing a tire and tube takes maybe twice as long. So $20, right? I had this shop do my Concours wheels last year: $60 a piece, OFF the bike!
Oh well, what're ya gonna do. It was a pain in the ass, and it took 5 hours all in (including a couple trips for supplies at walmart, beer breaks, frustration breaks, and the trip to the shop), but it's pretty rewarding to have done it myself. I'll probably still cough up the dough for the shop to change the tires on my other bikes, but I hear the shop across the city only charges $20 a wheel...