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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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How often should tires be balanced?

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I mounted new front and rear tires on my 1300C. Both were balanced, but my question is how often during the life of the tires should they be balanced? The front was easy enough to remove but the rear was a pain in the butt with the stock exhaust in the way of the large retaining nut for the rear axle. It took two of us to do it. For my cars I usually get them balanced about every 8,000 miles or sooner if I notice wobble at highway speeds.

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My original Dunlops lasted about 11K and were never rebalanced. They were smooth to the end. So far my Metzelers are smooth and have about 6K on them. I was wondering the same thing tonight because I had the air compressor out and decided to check all the pressures on my MC and vehicle tires. While looking at my wheels, I realized that they will need to come off for a polishing this winter and I'm concerned about disturbing the stick-on weights when I do it. Other than that you may be able to to get away with what you have until the tires are worn out.
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Greetings,

I mounted new front and rear tires on my 1300C. Both were balanced, but my question is how often during the life of the tires should they be balanced? The front was easy enough to remove but the rear was a pain in the butt with the stock exhaust in the way of the large retaining nut for the rear axle. It took two of us to do it. For my cars I usually get them balanced about every 8,000 miles or sooner if I notice wobble at highway speeds.

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I balance my tires everytime that I ride it. Actually my tires balance themselves. I use Dyna-Beads inside of the tires. Check this video.
[video=youtube;eq263AYgyYg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq263AYgyYg[/video]

The earlier I get behind, the longer I will have to try and catch up.
It doesn't take me all day to get nothing done; I can get nothing done by break time.
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Tires, car of bike.

should NEVER need redone.
unless the weights fall off.
if a tire gets out of balance, check for lost weights. otherwise there is DAMAGE to the tire.



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Tires, car of bike.

should NEVER need redone.
unless the weights fall off.
if a tire gets out of balance, check for lost weights. otherwise there is DAMAGE to the tire.
you are right about car tires. I confused them with rotating them. When I get them rebalanced its because it's lost a weight. Thanks for the info.
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When I got my bike, i had stockers on that had been factory balanced. Soon after, I installed the Avon 230/60-15 and it ran perfectly smooth without balancing. Last winter, I modded my bike even more and am now running Avon Venom front and Avon Cobra 250 rear and they both run perfect without balancing.

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I balance my tires everytime that I ride it. Actually my tires balance themselves. I use Dyna-Beads inside of the tires. Check this video.
[video=youtube;eq263AYgyYg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq263AYgyYg[/video]
I agree. Use Dyno-Beads and you don't have to worry about weights flying off. They will keep your wheels balanced for the life of your tires, perfectly
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I agree. Use Dyno-Beads and you don't have to worry about weights flying off. They will keep your wheels balanced for the life of your tires, perfectly

What he said...

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Go Dyna Beads!

+1 on using Dyna Beads.



Unlike lead weights if your tire goes out of balance due to wear (e.g. 'cupping') the Dyna Beads will still balance the tire, but the lead weights will not. The beads are constantly correcting/maintaining balance.

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http://www.innovativebalancing.com/motorcycle.htm

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I just installed new tires. DynoBeads all the way. I even convinced my lifelong Harley riding neighbor into using them. He'd never heard of them until I used on my Shadow Sabre at the beginning of the year. He's now a believer.
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