Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Medford, County of Jackson, Oregon, USA
Model: None at present
I used a bench vise to break the bead on the old tire, a piece of 3/4" x 4" on each side of the tire where it met the vise jaws. I have broken the bead on tires by jacking up my car, placing the bike wheel under the car tire with a piece of wood on the bike tire and easing the car down on the tire with the jack. A little prying on the tire with an iron while the car is pressing down on it usually breaks it loose nicely. Just be careful not to set the car down on the rim itself.
I remove the brake disks while working on the tires. Laying the wheel on my work table, it wasn't too hard to work the old E2 off with a couple tire irons made out of 1" x 1/8" steel strap, shaped with a grinder. I wrap the irons with friction tape to protect the rims. Balancing the wheels was easy, support the axle on each side, make sure the wheel is vertical and give it a slight spin. A slight spin or you'll be waiting a long time for the wheel to stop. I mark the upper side the the tire with tape or chalk and spin it again. After three or four tries you'll see whether the wheel is balanced and the chalk marks are randomly spaced around the wheel or they will tend to group together in one area. Stick on an adhesive tire weight in the center of the group of chalk marks and spin the wheel. eventually the chalk marks will be scattered randomlyaround the wheel indicating it's correctly balanced. You don't need fancy machines. I've had my bikes over 100mph on tires I balanced this way and they ran smoothly.
None at present
Past 'Wings: GL1100, GL1200, GL1500, GL1800
Current BMW C650GT