Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Medford, County of Jackson, Oregon, USA
Model: None at present
I have mounted and balanced a few 'Wing tires. Balancing really isn't hard to do, it's merely a matter of setting the ends of the axle across a couple supports that are reasonably level, spinning the tire (not very fast or you'll wait all afternoon for it to stop), marking the high point and repeating several times. Once you have a group of chalk marks you put a stick on tire weight, I use 1/2oz. and cut them in half for 1/4oz. of needed. Then wipe the chalk or tape marks and spin again. Eventually you'll get the marks spaced pretty much randomly around the tire. That means it's balanced. I've found this method to be accurate down to 1/4oz. and I've had my bike at speed over 100mph with tires balanced this way and found the ride to be very smooth.
On a lot of tires you'll find a dot or paint mark. This usually means it's the lightest spot on the tire. It goes next to the valve stem in the wheel. It's a good idea to change valve stems every second tire on a given wheel.
If you do a search in the box at the top of the page you'll get a lot of information. Also a Google search on the subject will bring up a good bit of stuff for your edification and reading pleasure.
None at present
Past 'Wings: GL1100, GL1200, GL1500, GL1800
Current BMW C650GT