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    I'm coming up on my first tire change on the 9. On my ADV bikes I've always done my own. I have a Motion Pro beadbreaker, spoons, rim protectors, balancer, etc. But not a proper tire changing station. Just wondering how hard this big rear tire is to do with "home" tools. I don't mind paying to have it done, but want to tear it down to put moly on the driveshaft splines anyway, figure that once I'm in that deep I might as well try the tire. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoRenegade View Post
    I'm coming up on my first tire change on the 9. On my ADV bikes I've always done my own. I have a Motion Pro beadbreaker, spoons, rim protectors, balancer, etc. But not a proper tire changing station. Just wondering how hard this big rear tire is to do with "home" tools. I don't mind paying to have it done, but want to tear it down to put moly on the driveshaft splines anyway, figure that once I'm in that deep I might as well try the tire. Thanks in advance.
    My personal experience...all $.02 worth!

    I change my rear tire only once, the first time. Removing the original tire was a breeze. Used 2x4s under the hitch on my pickup truck to create a fulcrum to break the beads. Used my spoons and rim protectors to remove the tire, and never broke a sweat!

    Then I tried to install the new tire. I put soapy water in the beads, slipped the first bead over with no effort at all. An hour later, my wife came out to the garage to find out if there was a trucker and a sailor having a swearing contest!

    Basically,I needed 3 hands, the strength of a silver back gorilla, the dexterity of a surgeon, and a hyperactive spider monkey on speed!

    I settled for my wife putting all of her weight on one of the spoons while I used the other two spoons to work the rest of the tire on to the rim. Setting the beads was easy. I installed a Dunlop 250, and the beads pretty much set themselves.

    I have since used a local motorcycle shop to change my last set of tires. If I bring my own tires, they charge me $50 per tire to mount and balance them. For my next set, I will probably just purchase the tires from the shop, as they offered to match any online sale price I find.

    Long story....sorry. Just my way of saying, no, I won't do it with spoons again!!

    BTW, the spider monkey doesn't help change the tire, but he sure is fun to watch!! Lol!

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    ^^^^^^That's some funny **** there.

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    Used to change my own back in the day when a "fat" rear tire was a 130. Not a problem. Last time I did one, a friend had a Suzuki cruiser with a 180 on the back. Never again!
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    I take my wheel to my local dealer to install the new tire for $25 per wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazdvl View Post
    My personal experience...all $.02 worth!

    I change my rear tire only once, the first time. Removing the original tire was a breeze. Used 2x4s under the hitch on my pickup truck to create a fulcrum to break the beads. Used my spoons and rim protectors to remove the tire, and never broke a sweat!

    Then I tried to install the new tire. I put soapy water in the beads, slipped the first bead over with no effort at all. An hour later, my wife came out to the garage to find out if there was a trucker and a sailor having a swearing contest!

    Basically,I needed 3 hands, the strength of a silver back gorilla, the dexterity of a surgeon, and a hyperactive spider monkey on speed!

    I settled for my wife putting all of her weight on one of the spoons while I used the other two spoons to work the rest of the tire on to the rim. Setting the beads was easy. I installed a Dunlop 250, and the beads pretty much set themselves.

    I have since used a local motorcycle shop to change my last set of tires. If I bring my own tires, they charge me $50 per tire to mount and balance them. For my next set, I will probably just purchase the tires from the shop, as they offered to match any online sale price I find.

    Long story....sorry. Just my way of saying, no, I won't do it with spoons again!!

    BTW, the spider monkey doesn't help change the tire, but he sure is fun to watch!! Lol!

    Taz
    This pretty much describes my experience doing the rear on the M109. I change the tires on my sons FZ09 without any trouble at all. But never ever again on the 109.

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    Been doing my own for years. I use a harbor freight tire changer. No issues. Some times an extra hand helps, but can be done by yourself. I have a no mar bar, spoons and rim protectors so I don't **** up my chrome wheels. Soapy solution can also aid you in removing and installing the tires. I also use the bead seating clamps to keep the tire from "walking" when trying to install the new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazdvl View Post
    My personal experience...all $.02 worth!

    I change my rear tire only once, the first time. Removing the original tire was a breeze. Used 2x4s under the hitch on my pickup truck to create a fulcrum to break the beads. Used my spoons and rim protectors to remove the tire, and never broke a sweat!

    Then I tried to install the new tire. I put soapy water in the beads, slipped the first bead over with no effort at all. An hour later, my wife came out to the garage to find out if there was a trucker and a sailor having a swearing contest!

    Basically,I needed 3 hands, the strength of a silver back gorilla, the dexterity of a surgeon, and a hyperactive spider monkey on speed!

    I settled for my wife putting all of her weight on one of the spoons while I used the other two spoons to work the rest of the tire on to the rim. Setting the beads was easy. I installed a Dunlop 250, and the beads pretty much set themselves.

    I have since used a local motorcycle shop to change my last set of tires. If I bring my own tires, they charge me $50 per tire to mount and balance them. For my next set, I will probably just purchase the tires from the shop, as they offered to match any online sale price I find.

    Long story....sorry. Just my way of saying, no, I won't do it with spoons again!!

    BTW, the spider monkey doesn't help change the tire, but he sure is fun to watch!! Lol!

    Taz
    Well, you said it better than I would have. The deed is done. And like you said getting the old tire off was easy, and one side of the new one on. That last 1/3 of the 2nd bead...was not exactly a good time. Took my wife's help, and everything I had to get it on. NEXT TIME, I'll try the zip-tie approach and see how that works. With the wide, short sidewall tire I found it about impossible to keep the beads in the dish of the wheel.

    Had issues as well seating the beads. Didn't have enough of a seal to build any pressure. Fought it for an hour and was ready to get out the matches and starting fluid when I remembered the "ratchet strap trick"-that got her. Also installed Dyna Beads, first time with them. Slow process to get them through the valve stem without jamming, but it's done.

    Then tore into the driveshaft-glad I did, splines were bone dry. Cleaned 'em up and coated with moly paste. All good now.

    I was really surprised that the tire was down to cord in 5700 miles. I don't do burnouts or hard launches, and monitor tire pressure. OTOH, it was the stock tire....and 12 years old when I got the bike a couple months ago.
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    Tire was probably "dry" by then and wore faster. I bought my 06 in July 06, changed the tire the first time in 2010. Got nearly 11,000 miles out of it. Maybe your roads are the rough "pitch" roads that eat tires up for lunch and dinner?
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    3600 miles out of my first set. 4200 miles out of my second rear. I'm still on my second front.

    Our roads around here are like riding on 80 grit sandpaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazdvl View Post
    3600 miles out of my first set. 4200 miles out of my second rear. I'm still on my second front.

    Our roads around here are like riding on 80 grit sandpaper.

    Taz
    Ouch, that makes for an expensive ride! I put on a Commander II, from what I've read (and experienced on my touring bike) they last very well. Will be interesting to see how it does on the 9. Coming up on 2000 miles on it, looks like new so far.

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