Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Brewton, Alabama, USA
Year: 2000 & 1994
Model: 2000 GL1500SE Candy Spectra Red, 1994 GL1500SE Pearl Bermuda Green
I agree with Tony. There's a bunch of other stuff needs doing at rear tire change time. And once the wheel's off, you might as well change and balance it yourself. This is the only bike I have that doesn't have inner tubes and tire changing is a lot easier without tubes.
Also, I tried the 'tilt up all the luggage' technique once and found it to be not that easy and did a lot of damage doing it. Left bag removal is the way I do it. A bit tedious but not that hard.
Terry is right about several other items of maintenance should be done while the rear wheel is off. Lubing the final drive splines, change rear drive gear oil, inspect/replace brake pads and generally clean up around in the area. I tried the tilt bags up and over once also. Never again. It is much too hard to get everything back in place when putting it back together.
Only two things are infinite... the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the former.
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