Sunday, September 16, 2012

Valencia has New Shoes

Last weekend's riding got all three tires on my Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig, Valencia, to the point where they were pretty useless on loose/wet/muddy terrain though OK on pavement.  It was time to replace them and I'd ordered three DURO 307 4.00 x 19 6 Ply Tires before I'd ridden down to Sipapu, NM.

Today I spent most of the day remembering how to use the Harbor Freight Tire Changer and how not to damage aka pinch or puncture the inner tube while swapping out the tires themselves.

It's been a while since I'd done tire replacements, especially of tires which require inner tubes like the ones on my Ural.  That first tire cost me a lot more time than I had figured on, and caused a trip to the motorcycle store for two more new inner tubes and a patching kit.  I would end up using both the new inner tubes as I managed to pinch not only my original spare inner tube, but two others......sigh.

 The main reason I swapped tires today, I didn't have a working spare tire due to 
the nail I picked up what was then the pusher tire.

I found a second nail later, in the sidecar tire, but it had gone inside the
tire, without puncturing things!  

 The old front tire, it had developed cupping issues....weird

 This was the second pusher tire, which had been carried as the spare, 
and got used once again as pusher tire.

The original sidecar tire.  Got over 12,800 Km from both the front
and sidecar tires, which is not bad for motorcycle tires and my 
penchant for rocky trails.

A picture of Valencia, glistening in the mid-morning sun, 
before I started replacing tires.

The first tire, now the spare tire, which I tried to swap the destroyed
inner tube out of, pinched the first attempt, suceeded with the second.

The trick to it all, was stuff I knew from before but failed to remember or execute properly:

1.  Use baby powder as lubricant on the inner tube when installing.  I didn't have any but Craig H. suggested using corn starch when I called him up for advice.  This is truly a major factor, don't neglect it!

2.  Lay your new tires out in the sun so they get nice and hot and soft so they spoon on easier with tire irons.

3.  Use the Mojo Lever for removing the old tire and putting on the first bead of the replacement tire, after that, I had to switch to regular tire irons and careful spooning of the second bead of the replacement tire.  Both my sons helped me by holding the "anchoring" tire iron while I worked the rest of the bead onto the wheel.

Once the technique became familiar again and practiced, things got faster, the last tire of four I swapped only took like 15 minutes!

So, due to the time it took and the pinched inner tubes, doing my own tires this time didn't quite save me any money.  Oh well.  Sitting here feeling the muscle aches and soreness, there's still that feeling of satisfaction of doing my own maintenance on my rig.

Here's some pictures of the new tires, just got back from a test drive after I put dynabeads on all three tires, everything felt nice and tires fell off or went flat, so that's a plus.

Note: tires swapped at 12,805 Km.


SonjaM said...

I wish I would live closer to you. I would know where to go when changing tires. You are a handy man to have around.

I have heard that the Dunlops on my Sporty are supposed to last about 16 to 20,000 mls but I would not want to wait until the thread shows.

Bluekat said...

oooh! New shoes!!

Ron changes our tires and I usually have to help with getting the tire onto the wheel. Scares me a little bit as I'm afraid I'll get hit with that big metal tire iron thing if it slips. Hadn't thought of getting the tire warmed up and soft. We'll have to try that next time (if it's sunny). Some tires we swear will never get mounted, but eventually we get them all on.

redlegsrides said...

Hi Bluekat and yeah, you've got to be careful with those tire irons...had one hit me on the chest....I guess it's better than one's face! :)

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Charlie6 (Dom):

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing made a man feel as wealthy as a substantial pile of firewood for the winter. I think new tires have that effect on riders. Nice pictures... Great explanations.

Fondest regards,
Twisted Roads

Unknown said...


I wished that I knew how to do all this stuff. I have a friend who has access to a tire machine, perhaps I can "help" him the next time so I can learn how to use it. It is a small machine for motorcycle and small scooter tires.

I now have TPS monitors. Can dynabeads be used in there ? Right now I have

tire sealant in my V-strom tires

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Jack said...

It appears that you are piling the miles on your Ural. How many miles do you have on her? Are you still riding the VStrom Sidecar Rig? Any comparison thoughts between the two rigs?

Good Riding!

redlegsrides said...

SonjaM, you'd be most welcome to come and use the tire's not hard, most of the time anyways. :)

redlegsrides said...

thanks Jack, though at the end of that particular day....not sure if I really saved any money....still, it's done. thanks for the visit.

redlegsrides said...

Bobskoot, no idea what dynabeads would do with TPS monitors as I've never seen one much less used a TPS monitor. How's that Beemer treating ya? Drinking more of the koolaid?

redlegsrides said...

Sonja, it's not that difficult, if you've the right tools....the bigger motorcycle tires can be a bear though....

BeemerGirl said...

For non tubed tires a lubricant of water and dish washing looking works wonders. I'm not sure if that works for tubes. I just know our installation guy takes a running pounce on those beads and gets both on fairly easily, We've done the job ourselves once, but husband managed to mare my rims. Though the $20 price tag to our local Cycle Gar, when bringing in the rim, is amenable. Especially when you purchase the tire warranty for pro-rated replacement. I've had two nails in tires within 1000 miles of installation. The first one didn't have the warranty...

redlegsrides said...

Man, we don't get road hazard warranties offered on moto tires here!