What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by fortech, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Just curious, has anyone ever noticed a tire on bike that’s out of balance?

    I’ve installed tires in the past, never balanced them and never noticed any side effects.

    I balance them now, only because I can. But usually at the end of the tire life, they are no longer balanced. I’m guess due to wear (knobbies).
     
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    That's good advice.
     
  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I am finding most of the "Sport-Touring" tires I buy are pretty good - often within a half ounce. In most instances, riding it without balancing wouldn't be an issue. I still like to balance them if for no other reason than to identify a tire that might have been bad right from the manufacturer. Until recently, I had been doing all my own tire changes (friend had a complete setup). His shop was destroyed in a fire last year and now I have to take the wheels to someone to change rubber and scratch up the rims. :(
     
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    No balancing when we installed my rear tire a few weeks ago, feels fine on the road even at high speed. I'm sure Keith will balance the front when he does it.
     
  5. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    Installed a new Metzeler Roadtec 01 Rear Tire on the Trophy at 26,150 miles yesterday.
    The Avon Storm that was removed gave me an excellent 12,000+ miles of service, but unfortunately, the matching front tire developed an uneven wear pattern around 7,000 miles, and actually caused minor vibrations in the handlebars at highway speeds, so when it was time for replacement, I gave the Metzelers a try. So far the front tire is wearing better, but unfortunately it has the tendency to skate across tar snakes even when dry, so I don't think I will be buying them again when it's time for replacement. Fortunately, it doesn't take me long to wear through a set of tires these days... :p

    I will probably go back to my tried and true Pirelli Angel GT tires when I wear out this set.

    As far as balancing tires goes, I always balance mine. On the way home from my Alaska Trip in 2011, I was surprised to see how quickly my rear tires was wearing out on my return trip home. I barely made it back as I was reaching the wear bars on the tread. When I pulled the rear wheel, I noticed that the balance weights had disappeared, probably on the nasty clay I encountered on the Haul Road. My suspicion was that the unbalanced tire wore out more quickly, but I of course have no proof...
     
  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Having just said my experience has been great with balance on sport-touring tires, I just had new front and rear Dunlop Roadsmart 3 installed on my bike in anticipation of my Newfoundland trip next week. Front took a half ounce and the rear took 4 ounces!! I'm betting that the shop messed it up. I will pay close attention to vibration and might peel off some of the extra weight on the rear wheel. If I had noticed when I picked it up, I would have asked that they double check and try breaking the bead and rotating the tire 180° on the rim - I would pay them to verify, even though that should be part of the job. That is why I vastly prefer doing my own. At least they didn't scratch up the rims this time. $36 per wheel (I bring the wheels and tires with me, not on the bike).
     
  7. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    I've been using balance beads in tubeless tires for the past 15 years with zero issues. I have some experience in static and dynamic balancing tires as well as high speed industrial fans, turbines, paper machine rolls etc. so the simple beads surprised me. But they work up to the speeds the tires are rated at so that's all I need.
     
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  8. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    I’ve heard bad things about balancing beads vs. TPMS Sensors.
    I assume that you don’t have TPMS Bob?
     
  9. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    On some of our airplanes we have used balancing beads. But they require a filter on the valve stem, as the beads can sometimes get trapped in the valve when adding air, and cause a slow leak.
     
  10. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    My K13GT in NL did flash a rear TPMS error code last season and Toy Box suspects a battery. I'll replace that unit next tire change and see if it's bead related.
     
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I asked what size banjo bolts I need for new brake lines for my 1100S on another forum, does that count?:p
     
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  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Shows you're thinking about doing something to your bike but it's a stretch. Let's see what the Russian Judge says.......:cool:
     
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  13. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

  14. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    "Dah" ... for effort:cool:
     
  15. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Last Nov I ordered a fancy schmalzy BMW headlight guard to replace the Tuktoyaktuk Fly Swatter. Last month I went to try it and it didn't fit as the screw holes were way off. Any other R12GS riders have this issue and manage to make the headlight guard fit?
     
  16. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Amazon unit, less then $60 when I bought it 5years ago... Fit like a bug in a rug
     
  17. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    The more orange I add, the faster the bike goes. Oh, and after seeing this pic, I'm embarrassed of the mess and promise to wash the bike.

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  18. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Do they have to be CALIBRATED too?
     
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    What exactly are they?
     
  20. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Spools/bobbins for a paddock stand. I have no need for them, but for $10, how could I not?
    Initially I was just going to fill the holes with bolts just to keep the holes clean from dirt and grime.
     

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