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Old 01-27-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Motion Pro bead pro

Motion Pro Beadpro

Anybody have this tool? Does it work as claimed? The jokers at Cycle World claim it does. "Tubeless & street tires..."
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:35 AM   #2
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I got a set of these. I just swapped out the tourances for tkc-80's on my 2012 R1200gs Rally. I also swapped the rear on my girls g650gs and all three went very easy. I still have the front on my girls bike to change but ran out of time the other night. also decided that I would wait till my girl is back in town and get her to help me take some pictures or a video doing it.

to be fair I have never changed the tires on these bikes before. and I haven't changed any tires in about 20 years as I just started riding again. in the past I had changed tires a lot being a pore boy. I had used all kinds of improvised solutions in the past, the side stand of a bike being the best. any rate I tried these and I am sold. they do work on adventure bike tires. I love it when simple designs work well. at any rate I will try to put up some pictures etc shortly.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply on its usage.

I was concerned that the tire lever ends looked a little too thick and square, not perfectly shaped like on my Motion Pro T-6 tire spoon Could be the pics on the internet but wondering if you can address those points? Thank you.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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I can't speak to the T-6 as I have never used them or seen them. what I can tell you is that I also find them a little blocky for my preference. My preferred are BMW tire irons. they are two sided and smooth round with one of the sides clearly having a cupped spoon type end and the other one sort of dropping down similar to conventional ones.

I don't think that the tire iron ends are all that good but they do work. by the time I got around to working on My girls G650GS rear tire I had packed my tools for my bike (including the bmw irons) back up. so I just used the tire iron ends and they worked basically fine. maybe not perfect but fully functional to be sure.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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Yeah. Thanks for this. I use the BeadBrakr tool. It works great, but it's bulky to carry. This looked like it would accomplish the same thing and carry smaller.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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Good to hear about the Motion Pro bead pro.

I've been wondering if the side stand trick would be good enough if ever I needed to do a change.

What do you guys do about balancing after a tire change?
Not needed or whats your set up?

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Old 05-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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I have a set.. never used them though.. you are welcome to take a look at them... only cost you one chocolate croissant I havent used them yet though.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #8
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Yeah. Thanks for this. I use the BeadBrakr tool. It works great, but it's bulky to carry. This looked like it would accomplish the same thing and carry smaller.
well they are very small. I have never seen the beadbrakr but have seen it used in a video. to me it looked like it was fiddley, I didn't know how well it would work. it is nice to know it works. these are small and quick and easy to use. mind you I will still cary my BMW Irons of course they are even smaller than the bead pro irons so it is not any real inconvenience.

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What do you guys do about balancing after a tire change?
Not needed or whats your set up?

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you can give it a miss particularly if you are dealing with knobby tires. or at least most people say. I personally like to balance them. I use the Marc Pharnes Balance
http://www.marcparnes.com
it is easy and very accurate. some people even take them on longer trips etc. it is very small and compact. I will try and record a video of me using that as well. I still need to do My girls front tire which I should get done some time tomorrow.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:33 AM   #9
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I have a set.. never used them though.. you are welcome to take a look at them... only cost you one chocolate croissant I havent used them yet though.
I wont be changing a tire for awhile, but I'd be interested.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #10
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. I personally like to balance them. I use the Marc Pharnes Balance
http://www.marcparnes.com
it is easy and very accurate. some people even take them on longer trips etc. it is very small and compact. I will try and record a video of me using that as well. I still need to do My girls front tire which I should get done some time tomorrow.
Ditto. Great little balancer
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:38 PM   #11
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Recently saw the beadbreaker tool in action on a Dr650 rear with that safety bead rim and it worked nicely. Harbor Freight wheel balancer works good enough for me and only $30,
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:44 PM   #12
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ok, as promised here is the beadpro in action. in this case Chris is changing her first tire. all of the other ones wen't just about as easy as this one. not quite but close.

http://youtu.be/wzkpyRG-pg4
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3 standard short spoons works, put them all in 1"-1.5" apart, push down on the outer 2 and lift up on the middle one. Having 3 along makes it easier for remounting without a bead buddy.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:56 AM   #14
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3 standard short spoons works, put them all in 1"-1.5" apart, push down on the outer 2 and lift up on the middle one. Having 3 along makes it easier for remounting without a bead buddy.
For years I have used 2 crossed tire irons to break the bead.

Recently I got Motion Pro BeadPRO tire levers and it is just easier.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #15
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I just changed the big rear tubeless (with tube) on my KTM adventure. The bead breaker work well and the aluminum spoons don't mark up the rims too bad.

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