CHANGING A MOTORCYCLE TIRE AT HOME
Dealerships charge a lot to change your tire (especially if you don't pull the wheel off the bike yourself!). That is a bummer when your daily rider needs a bummer, and even more of a bummer if you simply want to pull an old junk tire off of a swap meet wheel you picked up for that new chopper project.
Well don't worry, there's an answer for you...Change it yourself!
WATCH VIDEO: HOW TO CHANGE A MOTORCYCLE TIRE BY YOURSELF
From taking the old tire off, to cleaning up the rim, and installing the rim strip, tube and new tire. This video tutorial with Todd will give you a real look at what it takes to change a tire all by yourself. Get out the soap, the tire irons and let's get to work!
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CHANGE YOUR OWN MOTORCYCLE TIRES AT HOME
"You got this!"
Break the bead!
Lube it up with your favorite elixir.... dish soap and water combo always works great.
Use a combo of tire irons to pull the tire up and over the rim.
Once you get the first side of the tire over the rim you can pull the inner tube out.
Lube up the other side and flip it back to try and get off the same side of the rim using the tire irons.
Again using combo of irons really helps pull it over.
Bam! The tire is now off the rim.
Remove old rim strip and wipe up any water before installing new rim strip.
Line up the hole on the rim strip with the valve stem hole on the wheel.
We are gonna use a 3.25x19 Avon Speedmaster on this rim. When you are installing new tire make sure if the tire has a directional arrow it faces in the correct direction for rotation of the wheel when it is mounted on the motorcycle. Also look if there is a balance dot, if so line it up with the valve stem.
Again, lube is your friend with this.
Start getting the first side of the tire onto the wheel.
Remove the core out of the new inner tube valve stem. then take of one of the nuts.
Fill your tube up with air so its not flat, then feed it into the rim. Make sure to line up your valve stem to the valve stem hole on the wheel. Be careful here and try not to bunch up the tube.
Pull the valve stem through the wheel.
Again using multiple tire irons and your knees can really help get the second side over the wheel. Be sure not to pinch your tube with your irons when doing this step.
Once you get the tire on the wheel, secure the nut on the valve stem and pump it up and let the air out a few times to set the bead.
Pump up the jams, pump it up!
Make sure to take off any old balance weights and take it to a shop to balance if you would like.
WOOOOOO! You did it!