Is using balancing beads a no-no?
There have been several threads here about the virtues of using balancing beads in motorcycle tires. Most everything I can find about the two most-mentioned brands - Dyna Beads and Counteract - says they are safe for all tires. However, I asked the Bridgestone rep at Wing-Ding in Nashville what Bridgestone's official opinion was and his reply surprised me. He said the company had done internal tests with beads (he couldn't recall the brand) and their conclusion was that using beads causes some abrading on the inside of the tire and they do not recommend usage of them. He said he personally had used beads on his own bikes, but had switched back to weights when he found out about these test results. I later looked up Bridgestone's warranty and, sure enough, there is wording that the tire warranty does not cover: "Tires with sealant, balance, or other filler material that was not originally applied or inserted by the tire manufacturer." I tried to find mention on-line of the Bridgestone "tests" he spoke of, hoping to find more specifics, but to no avail. I recently put beads in my tires, so I guess I've voided the warranty and will accidentally be performing my own "tests".
Has anyone experienced any ill effects of using balancing beads?
1999 CB-750 Nighthawk
1988 GL-1500 (gone but not forgotten)
1975 CB-400F (long gone but fondly remembered)
1970ish Kawasaki 90 (just plain long gone)
1965 Cushman Super Eagle (long gone and thankfully forgotten)
1957 Sears MoPed (long gone, but some good 'first bike' memories)
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