All good info. I don't know why the Amazon link won't work. I've tried to link to that changer several ways, to no avail. I'm able to copy and paste the url into an e-mail to myself and get the link to work?? Must be something related to this forum? Other url's work ok, just that changer link on Amazon won't post properly.
If any one is interested in the changer, e-mail me and I'll put the url into my answer to you.
The Amazon changer is listed for around $132 - $139. It looks more like a normal tire changer than some other types that look like round pipe construction. Amazon has an adaptor shown as well. Looks like it is to be used on a regular, auto, tire changer to adapt to motorcycle tires.
The valve stem mentioned above is something I think I'll look into. I did manage to change my rear tire with (3) small irons and my home made tire holder. ( see my KLR web page. The KLR maintenance link just under the first pix on page. http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm
or go directly to the pdf file here.. http://www.powers31.info/KLR650%20Maintenance.pdf
I don't know if I can modify the home made holder to the front wheel, but I'll give it a look this winter. No room for the KLR out in the back storage shed, so she'll have to sleep in my basement work shop. That'll give me a chance to "play" with her all winter.
The shops around here also want $30 if you bring in the wheel. That's with balancing. I have 3 bikes, and was hoping to at least do my own changing on 2 of them. ( I don't think I'd tackle the GL1800 with it's radial tires. I watched my guy change them with his professional changer. Even he had a difficult time.)
As for the valve stem snake, could some one post a link to the one's mentioned above. I didn't have much luck searching with the name "Tusk" or " Valve Stem Snake" etc.
2017 Yamaha XT250
1990 Honda NX250 (Green/White)
2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )
My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm
Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.