Motion Pro bead pro

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  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  2. wb5plj

    wb5plj Been here awhile

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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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  3. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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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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  4. wb5plj

    wb5plj Been here awhile

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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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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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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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  6. mint julep

    mint julep Been here awhile

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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?

    Thanks.
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  7. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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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 :D I havent used them yet though.
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  8. wb5plj

    wb5plj Been here awhile

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    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.

    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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  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I wont be changing a tire for awhile, but I'd be interested.
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  10. JTT

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    Ditto. Great little balancer
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  11. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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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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    wb5plj Been here awhile

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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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  13. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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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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  14. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    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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  15. Tom_D

    Tom_D n00b

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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.

    Cheers
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    catalina38 Long timer

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    I finally got around to using my set of Bead pro FS irons(http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0536/) and they easily removed a Dunlop 908RR from my KTM 990R rear wheel which can often be a bear to break the bead. I have used the other well known methods for this tire wheel combo with sucess but this was much easier. These also easily fit under the seat of the 990:clap I'm a big fan of quality tools and this one just made the grade.
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  17. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I use the MotionPro bead breaker levers. They broke the bead on a 15" cruiser tire that had been on over 10K miles. With the 2 MotionPro T6 combo levers I also carry, changing tires is pretty quick and easy. I also use a valve-stem fishing tool, a BuddyBuddy II, and a travel-size baby powder.
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  18. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    4tires so far and they all went pretty well...the 100 f temps sucked
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