If your tire is making unique, strange noise during the ride, perhaps it is flat and needs change or repair. However, do you know the right approach for doing it yourself? If no, worry not. Here you are in the right place where you will learn about the whole process.
Using the wrong technical method in changing motorcycle tires implicates directly how long the tire will last before it worn out. Using the right approach increase the life span of your tire. Let us, therefore, look at the best method.
Tools you should have:
1. Valve extractor
2. Sockets and a wrenches to adjust the wheel spindle
3. At least two tire levers
4. Pressure gauge
6. Tire irons
7. A strong bench to secure the wheel on
1). Put the tire in a standing position and remove the valve core. After you remove the core, remove the valve stem-locking nut. If you must reuse the tire mark it accordingly at the valve stem to avoid confusion for the valve hole position during fixing.
2). Remove the beads. This has proved the most challenging part of tire changing. Put your tire on a bench and apply pressure from the top so that it flattens and surrender. Once you break the first bead, turn the tire, and break the other bead.
3). When all beads are free, you can proceed to remove the tire from the rim. Lubricate all around so that it can slide off easily.
4). Put the rim protector on valve stem on one side of the rim. Insert your tire irons beneath the beads close to the position of the valve stem. Be careful to avoid damaging the sprocket still attached in the rim.
5). Lift the bead all around until the entire bead is over the rim.
6). Pull the tube from the inner part of the bead.
7). Use your hands if you are strong enough to pull the other part of the bead entirely off the rim. If it is too stiff, you can use the iron tire. If you are not replacing the tire, you can skip this step. Inspect the bead from inside.
8). Remove the thin rubber band under the tube. You do not need to reuse it.
9). Carefully look through the rim for any damages. Check for cracks especially on spoke holes. You can use a wire brush to clean away any rust present.
10). Put a duct tape all around the rim or a wide electrical tape over the spokes. Around three rolls work best. Avoid blocking the valve stem hole.
11). Check your tire mark for the re-directional arrow when fixing back. Inflate the new tube a little bit so that it takes due to shape. Inflating the tube helps avoid cases of pinching it while fixing the tire back.
12). Hold the bead and force it to go inside the rim at the valve stem point. It does not need much energy to do so. Turn the wheel, pull the tube stem through the hole in the rim, and run the lock nut.
13). Force the bead into the rim all around. As you do it, the bead might try to lift itself back on fixed areas. You can hold it using your knee or find a friend to help you.
14). Check that the valve stem is in the hole and in the right way. If it is not well fixed, avoid pulling the valve stem to fix it instead rotate the wheel while hitting it slightly with your hands. That ensures it gets set well.
15). Inflate your tire now. Ensure you do it slowly not exceeding the recommended pressure amount. Use a pressure gauge to ascertain you have inflated the required pressure amount. Assemble all your tools back to the toolbox.
Now you are set to continue with your journey.