NomadGal's Year on the Road

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by NomadGal, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Louisiana Rider

    Louisiana Rider Adventurer

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    Hey...glad you got it right,what threw me is my Kenda's are facing the front:
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  2. arraflipper

    arraflipper Been here awhile

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    I am glad you have it the right way, sure hate to have to pump it up again with that little pump. I changed a tire on my skidsteer and was able to get it on the wrong direction. Not a happy day at all.
  3. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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  4. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I can honestly say that I have absolutely and utterly no desire to ever change a rear tire again for the rest of my life!
    If I get my wish is another matter. :D

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    Of course taking the tire of is something I can do in my sleep pretty much, but what followed afterward is Quite another story.
    Got the air out, and the valve, grabbed my handy dandy C-clamp and started to clamp the tire down.
    Yep! the front tire is way easier. When turning the handle on the clamp I realized that the further down it went it got harder and harder to a point that I had to use a wrench to turn it.

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    After about half an hour I realized that getting the tire to go down was easier with the bottom of the C-clamp on the lower rim, and using a tire iron to press down on the tire while tightening the clamp. I also poured baby powder between the rim and the tire for easy removal

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    Another hour later after I had pressed down the tire on the rim on both sides, thinking I had broken both beads, I tried to wedge the tire irons in there to pull the edge over the rim.
    I got nowhere!

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    I have to admit that the thought to just cut/saw the old tire off was sounding very tempting. Had I had another tube I might just have done that!!! As it turns out I didn't have another tube, and my stubbornness would not let me quit!

    So Again I pressed down part of the tire and got it so low that I was able to wedge the hook of the tire iron finally in there. Yay! It felt like I reached a milestone! LOL
    Moved the clamp about 6 inches over and did it again with the other tire iron. Putting the wheel straight up I pushed down on both irons with no result, they didn't budge.
    What was I doing wrong? ????
    Finally after clamping down one more section, a part of the tire went down further and I then realized that I had not broken the bead at all! It seems like just removing the tire from the top part of the rim was not breaking the bead at all! What the heck did I know?
    Yep! I felt real stupid that's for sure! Now I know that when you break the bead you can actually see the fat rim of the tire, and the area where the spokes attach. For those of you that have never removed a tire, let this be a lesson to you!

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    After this realization it got easier to press the tire down on both sides and have it slide into the center part of the rim.
    Pulling it over was hard, but nothing compared to braking the bead.
    I yanked out the tube, checked it for holes, and took the other half of the tire off,( I did struggle for a while to do that)

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    Yay! an empty rim, finally!!

    Putting the new tire on was fairly easy, the last part was a bit of a challenge, but I used the C-clamp on the opposite end to clamp the tire flat and give me some room to maneuver.

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    Wow! I'm exhausted!

    I got as far as 250 pumps, only about 20psi, when I decided tomorrow is another day. No more steam left in me.
    Time to crash on the couch, eat, and watch a movie! :lol3
  5. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    I am very impressed! You now know that the tools you carry with you will do the job. More importantly you know YOU can do the job and what to expect. This is very important on the side of the trail in the middle of nowhere. Or worse on the side of a busy highway.
    On a road trip one time I paid 130$ to have a tube tire repaired. Six hours later I got an other flat. That one cost me over 200$ to have repaired. I had no tools or parts with me. I vowed never again!!!
    Best Regards....justjeff
  6. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"I also poured baby powder between the rim and the tire for easy removal"

    Sigh... baby powder doesn't work as tire lube. You put powder on the tube before installing...
    it just lets the tube slide around inside the tire and avoid creasing or a pinch flat.
    Powder doesn't do much on the tire bead. :>(

    You were really close in the photo here. I think if you'd used WD40, Windex or a
    mixture of dish soap and water, the tire would have come free of the rim.
    I usually don't need a clamp, only tire irons, I work in a little area,
    add some lube and continue with the irons till it breaks free.
    Not adding lube - makes for problems.

    You're learning! Next time the tire change will go much easier.

    Have you checked your spoke tension yet ?


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    Here's a photo of my Tusk fender bag. $15 and you get 2 tire irons.
    Tube is packed in a freezer bag... along with powder. Also in the freezer bag are patch materials

    Extra tube, Patch stuff, CO2 inflation gear, Smaller hand-pump inflater (backup), Irons, Extra rim patch, small can of WD-40.

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  7. livewire

    livewire Adventurer

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    Why did you replace the rear tire? Tread looks good to me.
  8. luckychucky

    luckychucky Long timer

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    Hate fixing flats.
  9. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    That looks like a handy thing to have! It's pretty small by the looks of it, hmmmmmmm.
    Maybe at some point in the future! I already have an access point hooked up from the battery, for my battery charger in case my battery is ever dead or low.
  10. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    On the side the threads were great, but in the center I was down to about 1/8 of an inch.
    I could have ridden it a bit longer, but seeing as I never know where I will be from one day to the next, I figured I'd take advantage of actually having an address to ship a tire to. I've also discovered that smaller towns with motorbike shops rarely have dual sport tires, let alone Shinkos. And I'm just not into going to big cities that might or might not have them.
    As might have noticed from my report, I avoid big places like the plague! Don't like them, period!
  11. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    60??? Oy! I'm barely up to 30 with my little hand pump and I'm wiped out! Might think of one of those gadgets Feyala has!
  12. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Hope to meet you on the road one day Kitsune06! I am encouraged and amazed every time I meet or hear about another female rider! Yay! Lets even out the man - woman rider ratio !!! :clap
  13. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    It is pretty small! You can see mine in this pic (click to enlarge):

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    The hose isn't very long though, so if your SAE cable isn't long enough to reach nearish the tire, you'd need to get an extension for it. When we meet up I'll let you mess with it if you like. :)

    Another thing which I really want (but can't justify the money currently) is one of these. I want to get a battery to SAE cable like yours, and then something like this so I can charge stuff via usb in my bags. :D
  14. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    I would like to suggest that next time your in "wallyworld" go to the automotive section and look for a "Slime Tire Top Off" air compressor, Part #40020 --at $10.00 it will save you a lot of grief, it's very compact, takes up little room, has a built in lite & pressure gauge and is worth it just for the peace of mind.

    I've had mine over 5 years have used it repeatedly to "air up or down" and has come in extra handy when ridding buddies have a flat & no way to air up.

    I think you'll look at as the best ten bucks you ever spent

    Just my dos centoves



    Doh!!!! sorry guess I should read back pages --- well any way well worth it !!
  15. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    +1 on the slime air compressor, used mine a few times as well.
  16. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    Sorry if you get it seated at 30 great i use slime compressor

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    ~~~$12.00

    I did burn one up mounting a tire trying to get to 50-60.
    The second time I used one I went to 40 or so and hand pumped it till it seated.

    I also carry a hand pump but the little thing does work or get you part way to seating the bead.

    in searchng for picture i found this one
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    • High-power 12 volt 300 PSI air compressor
    • 8′ main harness power cord – 8’/240cm
    • Power connection w/ fuse- alligator Clips– 18”/45cm
    • Power connection w/ fuse- lighter Adapter – 14”/35cm
    • Power connection w/ fuse- direct Pre-Wire – 14”/35cm
    • Air hose with quick-clip – 18”/45cm
    • Tire pressure pencil gauge, 10-50psi
    • Rugged carrying case – 6”H x 6″W x 2.25″D
    • Complete instructions
    • Compressor measurements: 4″H x 3.5″W x 2″D
    • Kit weight: 2.2lbs (approx)
    I think ill be on the look out for one of these ~~~~$30.00


    tom
  17. Motomedic

    Motomedic Long timer

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    I have the $30 Slime pump and have used it many times to seat the bead on my 950's rear tire-and to make it worse, I like the Heidenau tires, which have one of the stiffest casings I've ever worked with. The Slime pump will get me the 90 or so PSI I need to seat that PiTA tire.

    Just remember not to let it run for more than 5-8 minutes at a time, then a commensurate rating period in between. Apparently the cheaper one has a plastic piston, and is even more susceptible to the heat caused by the pump doing its job. After all, one of those laws of physics has the temperature rising with pressure...

    I consider it to be "essential" to my tool set. If it broke tomorrow, a new one would immediately take its place. I do carry a small bicycle pump as back up, but never had to use it.
  18. motobiko

    motobiko biko I rido

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    When i ride long distances i take my Slime air pump, and while they take a few minutes to air a tire up, they still beat a hand pump. Changed a few tires on the road on my klr with it. The case is real small, doesnt take up very much room. I just plug it in to the cigarette light i installed, and 4-5 minutes later the tire is aired up. It doesnt put out a ton of air pressure, but i found with some lube on the tire, the beads seat just fine. Amazon.com has them for $30.11 with free shipping. A must for any epic adventure.



    Great ride report Nomadgal. I just started reading along and it sounds like quite the adventure. The klr is my bike of choice as well. A cheap way to conquer the world, thats for sure.
  19. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    Thanks Jeff. Guess I wasn't paying attention again. :1drink
  20. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    It's 10:30 am, and I am finally on the road again!
    These last mknute things just took forever it seemed!
    After two months of being grounded, packing up was an ordeal even though I put a divider to keep my stuff from falling out in my Pelicans. I still feel I own too much junk!
    At starbucks now having some oatmeal, and about to hit the road! :D
    Pictures and ride report later, stand by!

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