Dynabeads.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Motorcyclist72, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Motorcyclist72

    Motorcyclist72 Adventurer

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    A guy at work told me about them so I read some reviews. Now I want some advrider opinions. Dynabeads vs wheel weights.


    2012 BMW R1200 GS Adventure. Triple Black. 22,000
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  2. ianbh

    ianbh Been here awhile

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    I don't use Dyna Beads, use 5 mm plastic air pellets-chump change. Seem to work great, just be careful about getting a few lodged between the bead and the rim.
    Have been using them on two bikes for several years. Ride one of the bikes about 20K miles/year. But what do I know, I put them in several CTs on my FJR!
    Ian, Iowa
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  3. Schu

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    I mount all my own tires so for me it was a no brainer. Never have had any balancing problems. Have used on three different bikes and many tires. Always a smooth ride. Dont see any difference in function just faster installation with Dyna Beads. I put them in the tire as I am mounting it on the wheel. Through the stem is quite tedious but can be done that way.
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  4. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Air soft pellets for me.
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  5. Smellyhound

    Smellyhound Happy Wanderer

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    Used on my Wee on the Anakee 2's. Work just fine. I dont seem to have the cupping I had before on my front tire with the wheel weights.
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  6. Trans4ormer

    Trans4ormer B to V 1983

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    Used in my GL1800 with no issues at all....very smooth, no cupping and will use in this bike when next tire change comes around.
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  7. FLARider1

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    ditto.....just make sure you get the white ones not the green ones. The green are biodegrable and wear away to nothing quickly.

    the pellets are easy to work with. Get the bead set, then break a small space back open. Dump in the pellets then reset the bead.

    I have been running nothing but this method since July of 2011 when Dan at Adventure Cycleworks in Fairbanks mounted my knobbies for riding the Dalton. Very happy with the results and tire wear for Heideneu K-60s, TKC-80s and Tourances.

    Pretty much been using 1oz in the front and 1.5oz in the back. They are cheap as hell at Walmart!!!!!!!!!!
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  8. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface 30-125

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    I'll have to give that a try. I've been using Dynabeads for several years with great results, transferring the beads from tire to tire as I change them. It's kind of a pain but works. Airsoft pellets are available everywhere, so maybe that is indeed the answer.

    John
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  9. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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    monthly dynabead thread?


    I used airsoft BBs they are much cheaper. unless you are using tubes.
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  10. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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    No thanks. I'll stick with my static balancer and wheel weights. I've heard of people tossing in a handful of sand in a pinch but weights work for me.
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  11. walkergreenlabel

    walkergreenlabel Been here awhile

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    Ive got them installed in my front tire with a HD tube. smooth as silk so far no issues. some people mentioned airsoft pellets. that must be with tubeless tires.
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  12. ErikDK

    ErikDK Been here awhile

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    Do you use heavy or light airsoft pellets?
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  13. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    I'll preface my comments by saying that I have no direct experience with Dynabeads or Airsoft pellets, and I won't get into the pseudoscience of why they do or don't work.

    What I will say is this - I recently had a set of tires removed, remounted and rebalanced when I had TPMS sensors installed. The stick-on wheel weights on the front wheel didn't stick so well and fell off after one ride, with no noticeable effect at all. It was about 6 of those little square weights (3 on each side of the wheel). I haven't noticed one bit of difference.

    I'm willing to bet that a great many of you that claim the tires are silky-smooth with Dynabeads or Airsoft pellets wouldn't notice any difference at all if elves came to your house one night and removed these from your wheels.
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  14. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    With the airsoft BBs, how do you measure out an oz.? Is there some clever trick, or do you have to buy a little scale?


    Do these work with inner tubes?
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  15. ianbh

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    For decades, I balanced my tires with two tire stands, spinning the rim/tire on the bike axle and adding stick-on weights. A few years ago, I talked to a friend of mine (who was the part owner and service manager at a Suzuki dealership); he mentioned that he never balanced his tires and had zero problems.

    I quit balancing and had no problems but after reading an article about DynaBeads, decided adding the air pellets was too easy to not do. Didn't notice any difference but why not? Ian, Iowa
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  16. Solihull

    Solihull Screw it, let's ride.

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    I've ridden almost 1000 painful miles with dynabeads installed. IMO they absolutely suck.
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  17. FLARider1

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    Use a small kitchen scale to weight. And I just put them in a Baggie. Dan at Adventure Cycleworks was using old pill bottles to store
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  18. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    They're snake oil.

    Tried them out on a bike with sealed spoked wheels. The beads effectively bead-blasted the wheel, causing catastrophic pressure loss at highway speed with my daughter on the back of the bike with me.

    Aside from that, there was nothing any better about the ride or the tire wear as compared to weights. Other than the placebo effect, they're worthless. With sealed spokes, they're dangerous.
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  19. VStromTom

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    They are the best thing since canned beer. People who say they don't work must ride funny.:rofl
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  20. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Yea ok. There are thousands of people for whom they work fine.
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