Well, I have all the equipment, including the HF portable tire changer w/motorcycle attachment and MojoBlocks, a MojoLever and a Parnes balancer. I've changed tires from the ones on my old Harley Ultra w/cast wheels to Piaggio MP3's to Triumph spokes, etc; but the rear Bridgestone was, BY FAR
, the most difficult tire to install on a rim!
The sidewalls are so rigid that I couldn't force the lip into the center channel of the rim and even though it was snugged down tight in the tire changer, the rim kept turning against the strain of the MojoLever. Finally, I used my hot air gun to warm the tire, used a ton of tire lubricant and the tire went on. HURRAY!!!
And there isn't
as much as a scratch on the wheel
I noticed that the factory didn't bother balancing the rear wheel; but I took the time to do it, and the results were a much smoother ride at freeway speeds. I think that balancing the wheel and running 41 psi in the rear will probably result in improved tire wear. By the way, I got 11,200 miles out of the original rear tire, and I always kept it at 41 psi.
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'08 Suzuki Burgman Exec Blk (His)
'07 Piaggio MP3 Blk (Sold)
'03 Aprilia Atlantic 500 Red (Sold)
'07 Piaggio MP3 Red (Sold)