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Author Topic: Changing tires on the XR650L  (Read 597 times)
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« on: November 02, 2015, 08:47:26 AM »

This past Saturday I had set myself an ambitious project - changing the XR650L knobbies (death cornering!) for some more street friendly Avon Trailriders front and back. I had employed the services of Anders to keep me right in technique and in case I couldnt do it  Cool. Plus I was testing out my recently purchased trail stand that is necessary since the XR dosent have a center stand.

Trail stand works as advertised allowing for both front and back wheels to be removed



After many breaks, lots of sweating and muscling on my part and nearly 2 1/2 hrs later...



New tires warming in the sun to make it easier to get them on - it helped a lot!



The front



Trail stand lifting the rear and front





The front wheel required more inflates/deflates to get the tire to seat properly - part of issue was the tires were tubless so tighter sidewalls - eventually we went to the gas station and got it up to 102 psi  Cool



The final result - corners sooooo much better!



Points to note:

1. KTM tire irons are superior to anything I had - which were two long motion pro tire irons and two short ones. The KTM ones have the right ends and it makes it much easier. 3 irons make it easier.
2. Getting the valve back in the rim defeated me this time - looking at getting a valve stem puller to help out here
3. Getting the new tire on was easier in the front. The final bit requires some strength and I discovered that I need more strength  Cool
4. Right now I could probably patch a tube in the wilds but probably couldnt change a tire yet - need more practice!

The CB750K4 sunning itself waiting for a ride





cheers
Andy


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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 01:34:21 PM »

Nice work.  Changing tires with tire irons is a bastard.  Tried it once, that was enough.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 01:45:56 PM »

Yes its tough. My arms are rather tired this morning. I rode the bike to work this morning - brraaap! Was a lot of fun and wow what a difference on the corners. Was going a fair clip on I-95 (at 7am  Cool) and bike held stable - though obviously not as planted as the VStrom. Not sure Id want to do it for extended hours at that speed though.

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2015, 10:13:04 AM »

The real test will be to take it on some dirt now.  See if the street tires are capable.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2015, 02:37:29 PM »

Very true. These Trailriders have some deep grooves so I think they will have decent traction. For my kind of trails (fire roads, trails etc) I think they should be fine.
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