Dirty jobs work oh-so-much better with the proper tools...
has anybody tried or bought this tool?
http://www.google.com/#q=motorcycle+tir ... 80&bih=864
For $100 or so, you can't go wrong. At $39 a pop for tires, it could pay for itself after the third tire.
Here's a review of one:
.."Although there were cheaper brands, I found only one motorcycle tire changer that mentioned that their clamping system and bead bar were designed specifically not to mar any wheel, and hence their name, No-Mar."
http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcycle- ... e-changer/
Of course, the No-Mar will set you back nearly a grand.
..."Cost - Savings Equation
The No-Mar "Ultimate Package II With Large Coneset and SpoonBars" motorcycle tire changer shown here costs $895.00 + $80.00 shipping. We exchanged the wheel balancer ($99.00 list), which we didn't need, for the hitch mount ($89.00 list) and saved $10.00. The shipping cost was $79.68 for a total of $964.68.
This means that the No-Mar motorcycle tire changer will pay for itself in 16 tire changes (front and rear). While that may seem like a lot, Chris has 135,000 miles on his BMW K1200LT. If the average set of tires last, say, 8,000 miles, that's 16 changes right there during the life of the bike.
And Chris has two other bikes, I have 3...so the savings adds up pretty quickly. Not to mention that the convenience factor -- we can change tires when we want to and when we need to with no waiting, and we know the job is done right. And since the nearest motorcycle shop is about 15 miles away, add some savings from driving back and forth; four trips, to go there, leave the tire and rim, then go back and pick it up in a couple of days.
No-Mar says that many groups, clubs or friends have split the cost of the changer, which can reduce the payback period dramatically. If the cost was split four ways, for example, each joint owner could theoretically pay back the investment after 4 front/rear changes..."