R1200GS: New Rear Tire

Thursday Oct 25, 2012

It’s been 10,936 miles since I last replaced a rear tire.

Old and New

Old and New

Old and New
Cleaner rim

Cleaner rim

Cleaner rim

The pictures show that it was time. I probably hit the wear bars on the way back from Death Valley a few weeks ago. The second pictures shows the wheel stand with bead breaker attachment. This is the first time I’ve used it on a rear, 17” tire. I had to make a few adjustments to get the blade that does the breaking to fit correctly. All-in-all it’s easier to use than my old hand tool.

I did some wheel cleaning while the tire was off of the rim.

Balance time

Balance time

Balance time
Look ma, no weights

Look ma, no weights

Look ma, no weights

The first pictures shows weights. Those are the weights I needed to balance the last tire. This tire better matches my wheel. I wound up removing all of the old weights. that was enough to get the wheel/tire in balance. No new weights were needed.

Ready to ride

Ready to ride

Ready to ride
Needs recycling

Needs recycling

Needs recycling

The wheel is back on the bike and torked to spec – 60 Nm. That leaves me with four tires that are either used up or disliked enough to not want to put them back on the bike. I think it’s time for a trip to the tire recycler.