Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chula, Georgia, USA
Well, this is more like part 14 of "I didn't think I could do it, but I did it"...My 1984 Aspencade was in bad need of a rear tire.. The local Honda folks told me they could replace the front and rear for $275.00 installed on my bike...I jumped on that with both feet, only to be told 2 weeks later that they couldn't work on my bike because it was over 10 years old..They told me that I could bring them the tires and they would mount them.. I told them to stick it...
So, I fretted over this for a while and finally decided to take the plunge. I ordered my new tire and decided to wait until the weekend to attempt the process. Much to my surprise, everything came off pretty easy, or at least until it came to removing the tire from the rim. Thanks to someone named Scudman on youtube, I was able to successfuly dismount and mount the new tire (rear). All in all, it was a very good experience, but not without it's pitfalls.
I do not own a motorcyle jack, so I had to make a go of it with the center stand. For the most part, it worked pretty well until I attempted to raise the bike a little higher by placing 2x4 blocks underneath the stand itself. I did learn a valuable lesson and that is to keep the side stand extended, as when the bike started slipping off of the center stand, the side stand caught it and kept it upright.
The absolute hardest part for me was dealing with the left side shock absorber...These shocks are not easily compressed, and I had a b_tch of a time getting it back in the mounting bracket. Surely there has got to be a better way.. But besides that, everything went pretty well, with the exception dismounting and mounting the tire...and breaking the bead.. I used a large c-clamp to break the bead....Not something I would recomend to a friend..or an enemy.
Now that I've done this, I'll probably do it again. I would encourage any of you that are considering doing your own tires to give it a shot. I never dreamed that I could do it..