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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-14-2017, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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How hard are 650 tires to mount?

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I mount all my 17" motorcycle tires myself with an old Harbor Freight tire machine and a Mojolever and have no trouble. I'm just a little concerned about the small size of the Burgman tires. Does that make them harder? Easier?

I know that the 10" tires on the front of my lawn tractor made me consider throwing all my tools away and shutting down my shop

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In general, smaller = harder. I manage to mount the 400 tires (120/80 - 14 F, 130/70 - 13 R) with no more than a couple of 2x4 scraps and 3 tire irons. I do not think it is particularly difficult.
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The front is relatively easy, doesn't take too much #(!*@, and goes on quickly.

The rear tire is a different story, the beads are so stiff that it takes a bit of planning and proper lubing to get both of the beads
on the rim, especially the second one.

I use Harbor Freight''s motorcycle tire changer which really helps with keeping the wheel in place and letting me use all my
energy an strength to get that 2nd bead on. I often have to use clamps to minimize the tire walking as I apply force in
the opposite direction. A good tire mounting bar will make the job much easier.

Give them a try and you will know pretty fast where you stand. Considering your tire changing back ground, I don't
think you will have any problems.

on one or two occasions I was defeated by that 2nd bead on the rear tire so I just took it in to a shop and they popped
the bead on for $5.00.

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In general, smaller = harder. I manage to mount the 400 tires (120/80 - 14 F, 130/70 - 13 R) with no more than a couple of 2x4 scraps and 3 tire irons. I do not think it is particularly difficult.
After posting the question I remembered mounting a 13" trailer tire for my brother-in-law a couple of months back. It went OK.

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After reading some of the posts on various Internet forums, I've come to the realization that some people have more money than they need. My local shop quoted me $570+ for two tires and mounting and balancing this morning. I can buy the tires for < $250. I guess I'm gonna rassle them on.

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The front is relatively easy, doesn't take too much #(!*@, and goes on quickly.

The rear tire is a different story, the beads are so stiff that it takes a bit of planning and proper lubing to get both of the beads
on the rim, especially the second one.

I use Harbor Freight''s motorcycle tire changer which really helps with keeping the wheel in place and letting me use all my
energy an strength to get that 2nd bead on. I often have to use clamps to minimize the tire walking as I apply force in
the opposite direction. A good tire mounting bar will make the job much easier.

Give them a try and you will know pretty fast where you stand. Considering your tire changing back ground, I don't
think you will have any problems.

on one or two occasions I was defeated by that 2nd bead on the rear tire so I just took it in to a shop and they popped
the bead on for $5.00.

all the best.
Thanks for the response. I used to mount the rears on a GL1800 Goldwing, and they were the worst I've ever tried. I finally reached an agreement with a buddy who would come help me with mine when I needed it, and we mounted all his here as well, and I'd help him. An extra pair of hands was invaluable. I do the tires on both my other bikes by myself without a lot of drama.

The Mojolever seems expensive, but it's been a lifesaver on difficult tires. I also added a yellow thing from NoMar, and it's a big help.

I'll report back how it goes.

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Start with a very warm tire. Using just two tire irons I have little issues when WARM. But a cold day with a clod tire and it kicked my A$$.

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Start with a very warm tire. Using just two tire irons I have little issues when WARM. But a cold day with a clod tire and it kicked my A$$.
It's cool here, but I have been known to warm a tire up with a hair dryer

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Maybe that's my problem. We were both dead broke when we married, 45 years ago, and we spent it all
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I pull the wheel off the bike and take it to my local Yamaha/Honda shop. They charge me $30 for the change out. I usually buy the front tire from them but they have no problems with me bring in a car tire to mount on the back wheel. I feel it is a fair price and am happy to let them do it.

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I pull the wheel off the bike and take it to my local Yamaha/Honda shop. They charge me $30 for the change out. I usually buy the front tire from them but they have no problems with me bring in a car tire to mount on the back wheel. I feel it is a fair price and am happy to let them do it.
I don't think that's a terrible price. I usually mount two at once on my other bikes; I run through a front and rear at about the same rate. So I order a set online and get them delivered to the house by UPS. I've never timed it, but I'm guessing maybe 45 minutes a wheel to R&R the tire and balance it -- hour and a half for both. And I'm retired; what else I got to do?

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