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post #1 of 45 Old 09-08-2008, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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changing a tire

I've heard differing opinions... a guy that I work with, whose opinion I trust, tells me that it's a severe PITA to change out your own tire. Another friend, who is a devout harley guy, says that it's really not all that difficult.

One local store is willing to do it, and will charge about 40 bucks or so, and the goofy stealership wants 68 dollars for mounting and balancing.

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post #2 of 45 Old 09-08-2008, 05:52 PM
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Runs $30-50 around here. Not that big of a hassle, but enough for me to fork out $30, since I want it balanced anyway. Never priced just the carry-in balance.
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post #3 of 45 Old 09-08-2008, 05:58 PM
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Except on my lard ass Goldwing, I don't remember the last time I paid someone to change a tire for me..

Get the equipment (Irons, valve core wrench, air source, stand and tools for the bike) and you only have to buy this equipment once.. The labor you pay after a couple of tires will have already paid for all the tools.. Just get the stuff and do it yourself.

Have someone who's done it a few times assist the first couple times and you'll be an old pro in no time flat..

Is it easier to sit in the waiting room at the dealership and drink coffee?? Yes, but what happens when you have a flat, or any issue out in the middle of no where, and you don't have a clue because you've never done it yourself??

Get the experience.. It's not difficult, and even if you're going slow, you can easily change a tire in an hour.. After some time, 1/2 hour will be a snap..

You can easily balance with the axle.. The tire will roll to the heavy spot.. Get some stick on weights and tape them to the other side until the tire stops anywhere, rather than one spot.. A quick bump off the floor to get a slight roll will tell you the heavy spot everytime..
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Prolly a DA question. Do you have to break the chain to remove the rear tire on the KLR? Looks like you can just unbolt the rear sprocket, unhitch the caliper and pull the axle to remove the rear wheel?
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Loosen both chain adjusters, pop off the caliper, pull the axle and the rear wheel will be in your hands..
Grease the axle lightly before putting it back, to make it easier next time around.
No need to do anything with the chain, other than reseting tension when putting the tire back on.. Also, the rear sprocket goes with the wheel, while the chain stays on the bike, complete.
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Are you saying to loosen the adjusters then push the wheel forward to remove chain from sprocket?
My 08's K 750 @ 2100 miles is about gone. Will be doing tire change soon.

Am I jacking a thread here?
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Are you saying to loosen the adjusters then push the wheel forward to remove chain from sprocket?


Am I jacking a thread here?

Yep.. Loosen the adjusters and just push the wheel forward, and then rotate the chain off to the side, and let it hang on the swingarm.

Hijacking a thread?? Nope, just asking very good questions!!

Nobody was born with the experience of changing a tire. Everyone had to learn it to be able to do it.. It's a pretty simple mechanical duty..

Actually, the biggest pain when changing a tire is getting the valve stem through the rim with the tire partially on the rim. My hands are big enough to make me grumble a bit before I can get the stem through the rim strip and rim hole, and then screw the nut on the valve stem..

Like I mentioned, if you can find someone who's done it and can give you a hand, it makes the second tire pretty darned easy. The third will be a snap, and you'll screw up on the forth, and then fix your screw up..

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Do a search on Youtube for changing motorcycle tire. There used to be a great video that showed how to do it. We change our own tires, but the local dealer would mount and balance for $25 here.

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A very important factor in how hard it is..... brand/type of tire!!

The stock tires are insanely easy to take off and put on. They practically fall off the rim on their own once the air is let out.

Mefo's... a different story entirely. I struggled quite a bit getting the final bits of the tire on and then ended up pinching the damn tube at some point. I was fed up and just wanted the thing done, had to buy a another tube at the shop anyway, so I just let them handle it for $30.

I don't know about any other brands/types, haven't tried any others.
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post #10 of 45 Old 09-08-2008, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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that figures. That's the type of tire I'm putting on... a Mefo Explorer.
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