First Time Changing Motorcycle Tires And Channel Update

So THAT was an adventure! I decided to finally buy the basic tools to do my own motorcycle tire changes, wanting to alleviate the problems of the past, using shops, not getting it right. While I made a lot of mistakes, I also learned a lot of lessons and at least can do it now if I have to. I’ll still use a shop but can now make sure balance is perfect before reinstalling back on to my bikes, so no regrets. I followed this:

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Sobin16 says:

About the compressor part. I was thinking out of the box. Do you think it would help by temporarily sealing the rim-tire gap with duct tape to prevent air from escaping? (until the bead has popped)

Rusted1859 says:

I worked in a tire shop. All in a days work from what i can tell. If you want a real struggle do low profile tires on size 40+ rims now that will mess your day up. Though i will agree smaller tires are a bitch we did alot of lawn mower tires and such.

Glenn Rebillard says:

Having 3 heavy duty pump-style F clamps is essential, and allows you to compress the tire on the opposite side that you’re working on so it remains in the center channel. Also, I found that most of the energy exerted is spent just trying to keep the wheel from moving. Just having a small fixed platform at the proper height to strap the rim to would make it so much easier. I have a couple years to think about it before I have to tackle it again.

derweibhai says:

I use Harbor Freight 24 inch tire irons for all my tire changes. I take 1 inch pieces of PVC pipe about 6 inches long and use a heat gun to make them flexible enough to slip over the tire irons. this gives great leverage, and wont scratch a rim. I use liquid car wax as lube (dish soap will wreck bead rubber, causing leaks and damage alloy rims over time). I use the axle in the hub to spin the tire iron around to spin the bead off. Changed lots of tires that way so far. I also use 3m stick on tape weights to balance. I buy the large roll for car tires. They stick great, can be cut to any length, and dont damage rims. Jackstands make decent balance stands with the axle in place.

philrc1 says:

Your reasons for doing your own tires sounds a lot like my experience. Dealers scratching my rims, forgetting to balance them, costs a tiny fortune, etc etc. I’ve done my last 3 or 4 pairs of tires on my Road Star and Ninja 1K. I use a dirt bike tire changing stand to them up off the floor and a ” bead buster” to break the beads. The rest gets easier as you go along.

kelly j says:

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fast4d1 says:

The only tire you can do easily with just spoons are pirelli. They have soft sidewalls. All the modern sport touring tires have really stiff sidewalls making it difficult to stretch the last bead over. You can always get a coats or no mar changer to make life easy. Some proper tire lube instead of windex will help a great deal

derweibhai says:

Harbor freight shop press works great to break beads. Heat guns really help of you get tough ones that are old and stuck to the rim.

TheTonytodd says:

LOL What you said at 23:18 is what I was expecting to hear from you when I saw the title of your video. I did this ONCE on a Suzuki Boulevard C50 I had. I even put the tongue weight of my landscape trailer on one side of the tire to try the loosen the rubber sidewall while I went to work. I don’t remember ever removing to tire over several days of trying. I do remember having it installed and balanced by a dealer. NEVER again attempting this!!!

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Double Robusto says:

Done in true Florida style .. Shoes off baby !!

John Beck says:

I feel your pain, that method is a test of endurance. Got a used tires changer 5 years ago for $600 well worth it.

TheOmegaRevolution says:

Back when I did car tires, we never put the valve core in to seat the bead as it would restrict the air going in so you’d lose all that oomph behind it and thus struggle to get the bead to seat.

dnegrichjr says:

I share your experience. I just did both on a goldwing. Super stiff front and back. dunlop 4 elite. The trick with the tire bead is to put a rachet strap around it and give it a few clicks. It will seat with a small compressor with minimal effort. (Old 4 wheeler trick)

Troy Reed says:

Hey Brian, the front is always the worst. I find it easier to heat the tire up either in the sun or with a space heater to make the front easier to remove.

Steve Sheltz says:

Michelin does not put a mark on their tires. They claim there is no light spot (per my local shop).

RiderSagar says:

I get it done at an independent shop for $10 a tire in the OBT Orlando area. I tried it once and will never do this again myself. If anyone needs the independent shop info, message me.

Armando Escobedo says:

Nice video Brian!
Most of all…keeping it real.
I changed my tires on my Concours first time ever, following the video of Windy Urtnowski; it took me a while, and some serious coursing at Windy, because he makes it look so easy, but at the end the job was done and I think next time will be easier.
Keep on it brother!

guambra2001 says:

It’s honestly worth it, I used to pay about 40-50 bucks per tire and I decided to buy the tools to do it myself. I bought the harbor freight tire changer and it makes things a lot easier. Good to see you back.

Doug Morgan says:

Bryan my Road Glide came with 12 weights on the front wheel from the factory. Both of my Yamaha bikes came with a max of 2 weights.

Billy 500 says:

Brings back memories, I had the exact same problems except I bent a tire iron and the rim, so had to buy a new zx14 rim (new around 750, ebay old gsxr rim 150). I have a harbor freight tire changer and all the stuff sitting in the basement and has not been used since. I think the way to go is to buy a decent tire changing machine and make life easier. But is that worth the cost and space? The shops are not getting any cheaper though. I use carpet remnants for knee pads around my bike, it is a lot easier on the knees.

Stephen McQueen says:

You don’t want to be laying the wheel down on the brake discs, use a couple blocks of wood

Tommy Reynolds says:

Wow. What a pain. Thanks for talking me out of trying this myself.

kawaman 21 says:

Honest tyre changing is easier with practice,hard to tell what your technique was,i’ve never changed a pilot 5,but here’s a link to me changing an angel gt in freezing weather,stiff knee using only one tyre lever,plastic ice cream lid and pledge polish,it only took under 4 mins.

Glen Goncalves says:

A third spoon and rim protector would have saved you a lot of grief. Also a lot more heat. I heated my tires to the point where they were too hot to the touch that I needed gloves. With that much heat and a third spoon / rim protector my tires came off and new ones on fairly easily.

Alan Cyr says:

I’d hate for your plan to change your own tires be a waste of time and money. I think it would help you immensely if you had a tire changing table/stand. You won’t have to work the tire on the floor and would get you the leverage you need and the ability to position the bead in the middle of the rim so much easier. They’re very cheap but, you could make your own with a simple Universal Tool Stand, some wood, a long threaded rod, washers and a bolts. You could mount the tire on it and bolt it in place. Check out these links below and you’ll understand what I mean. This could get you back on track. and would make for a great video.

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