I'm "working" on a little project here that is a Kawasaki ex500 with klr650 wheels, forks, etc., like some inmates here have done. It has been a long (over a year to get the title), thoughtful, and rewarding process and I've enjoyed all the mental/puzzle aspects of things going together where they were never designed to. Here's my dilemma. It's time to remove the existing non-DOT knobbies and replace them with dual-sport treads. In my years growing up I can't remember more than a couple flats on our dirt bikes. Every time I've tried replacing the tubes I can't remember ever being successful; ending up taking it to a shop. Now I'm back there again. I've humbled myself and watched how-to videos, read how-to articles and asked mechanics "how-to" remove and replace a tire. This is ridiculous! I'm an engineer-minded detail-guy who's hands feed his family and they're sore and worn out after a couple hours of tire-removal failure and insanity! I promise you i will not shed one more bead of sweat over this seemingly impossible grunt work and will give my mechanic money tomorrow. (Whine, whine...) Now the obvious secondary problem, and maybe more crucial, is I am still not learning what I need to know: how to make a field repair. And it bothers me. Much. I now have little or no confidence that I will be able to express my "wanderlust" on every gravel road, forest service trail, or deer path that interests me. I surely don't want to be stranded and I surely do want to ride this bike wherever, whenever. I need some advice here folks. And some affirmation!