First time changing tires... ever.
Well, after riding Tin Cup Pass last summer and eating up the OEM tires, I ordered 2 sets of Dunlop D606's when they were on sale over the winter. They have been in my garage until I decided to change them today. Let me just say... THAT'S a BITCH OF A JOB!!!! I've never changed motorcycle tires in my life. Everyone kept telling me "It's just like changing tires on a bicycle." Eh... Bullshit. Same principal, much more ass pain!!!
I'm actually proud of myself for doing it. Money's tight these days and I saved myself about $50 having someone else do it. I did something wrong with the front tire because after I got it back together and started to fill it up I was losing air around the valve stem as fast as I could put it in. I think I tightened the valve stem nut too tight before airing it up. Had a spare tube in my Wolfman Alpha bag that I bought for our adventure last summer, so I took it out and was a little more careful.
I will call it a success after I check it in the morning and there's still air in them. Also after I fix whatever I did to the speedo housing. I had it lined up on the wheel correctly, but when I was putting the wheel on the bike I turned it. i think it's just misaligned.
I also need to adjust the chain again. Seems tighter than it was after I put everything back together.
Either way, I'm happy that I have now done it and if I'm out on the trail some day and run into a flat at least I have some experience with it.
EDIT -- BTW, Thanks to all those who have posted how to's on this site. Helps a lot, as does the 343 You Tube video's I watched before attempting the job.
De inimico non loquaris sed cogites
Last edited by Hellbilly; 06-11-2011 at 07:48 PM.