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Fitting your own tyres
« on: July 23, 2019, 08:57:32 pm »
There’s another thread on here somewhere with some pictures Richard took of me fitting new tyres with the tyre changer and balancer I have in my garage. It’s great fun so if anyone in the Midlands ever fancies borrowing it to do theirs I don’t mind letting them have a go.

I don’t expect anything by way of payment, but it would be at you own risk. I’ve got a spare wheel that will take a 190/55ZR17 tyre (£30 from a breakers) and some old tyres that can be used for practice. I’d much prefer the kit wore out rather than rusted out, so if you fancy a go PM me and we can arrange something.

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Re: Fitting your own tyres
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2019, 09:25:27 pm »
A tyre-fitting party? I'll come along and help/hinder.

However, personally I need to ride another 3k or so first.  ::)

Here are the pics, by the way:
https://eurokclub.bike/index.php?topic=3695.msg44703#msg44703

Edit: I should also say Andy has a nice setup. Everything needed is there in his garage. And a bit extra!

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2019, 03:44:13 pm »
Although I've been fitting my own tyres since the 1980's I was curious about what 'fully qualified fitter' on tyre company websites actually entails so I've been looking for tyre training courses. Michelin run a one day Motorcycle tyre fitting course, in Stoke on Trent, for £199+VAT. You get a C&G certificate, so you too could be a qualified motorcycle tyre fitter.

https://training.michelin.co.uk/courses/motorcycle-tyre-technical/

I'd be interested in seeing a 'proper' puncture repair. I asked them (Michelin) if tubeless motorcycle tyres can be plugged from the inside, with the mushroom headed rubber patch plugs used for car tyres. They said they can as long as the puncture is in the middle of the tread.

Anyone else fancy a trip to Stoke?

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Re: Fitting your own tyres
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2019, 04:06:56 pm »
I was in Stoke at the weekend, first time for six or seven years, nice to catch up with old friends but I'm not in a rush to go back  ;D ;D

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Re: Fitting your own tyres
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2019, 10:16:23 am »
There are plenty of videos online showing folks changing sports bike tyres by hand on a simple Warrior bead-breaker cum tyre lever set-up (£30odd off flea-bay.  https://rover.ebay.co.uk/rover/0/0/99?loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fp%2F645808689%3Fiid%3D362489236576   )

The secret is leaving the tyres in the hot sun for an hour or so to get them really pliable...so, if anyone wants to come and try it on my set-up in the next day or so please feel free. I'll even leave it out in the hot sun for you so you can do it even if I'm out or flopped on the bed with the fan on full  8)

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2019, 02:42:00 pm »
Warming the tyres in the sun certainly makes them a lot easier to fit using any method. That thing looks a bit like a Mousse changer, as used by enduro riders. The record for changing a tyre using one of those is something like 44 seconds.

I found fitting a tyre with a mousse is much harder than these guys make it look. You're effectively trying to fit the tyre and an inflated inner tube at the same time, so it's very difficult to get the bead down into the wheel well. You've also got the security bolt in the way. Compared with this, road tyres are easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TwrgD_p2mI