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post #1 of 38 Old 08-12-2017, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Beads in Tires for Balance

I have a fellow rider who rides a BMW GS and I gave it a ride and was amazed as he was disappointed at my Vstrom 650 ride. Especially at the tire balance. I asked him what was the difference and he said that he uses beads inside the tire for balancing. He also said that I should have the same installed in mine. I believe him due to how smooth his bike was. No vibration at all. So my question for all of you Vstrommers, who puts beads in their tires and what is your opinion of them. Is it worth the $$$$? And how is your ride compared to before beads were installed?

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post #2 of 38 Old 08-12-2017, 08:53 AM
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Makes a negligible difference if any IMHO, static balancing is still the best way to balance a wheel. Install "Ride-On" if you wanna go that route, it also seals punctures/leaks as well as balancing "supposedly".
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post #3 of 38 Old 08-12-2017, 09:22 AM
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Seems to me that the BMW dealer was constantly trying to get me to have that done when the bike was in for service.
They want to charge a fair amount for the beads though.
Having never experienced the difference back to back/with and without, I'd be hard pressed to just do it.
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Could it be more because of the tire difference than the balancing?

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I have balancing equipment. I sometimes use it. Sometimes I don't. Cannot really tell any difference. Modern tires are built to a higher standard. They don't have the "heavy" spots that were quite a bit heavier than tires that were made on modern machines. It actually takes quite a bit of weight to be felt. The BIGGEST source of vibration is a tire that is out of round. Again, tires are much better now than they used to be.

For those that install new tires and have balancing beads or goop put in the tire when mounted and claim they are just perfect, I would offer they would likely have felt the same way without the added beads/goop.

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I have both bead and traditional balancing on several difference bikes.
I agree with Steve'sFJR, type of tire , brand and tread pattern has more to do with how smooth of a ride.
I have found that different tire brands with similar patterns feel different which I assume has to do with construction and materials in the make up of the tire.
The beads work, but I don't think as good as a properly speed balanced tire.
With beads the tire does not balance itself till you get up to speed.
The advantage to beads is the tire rebalances itself for the entire life of the tire.
But the only time I have had a traditional balanced tire need to be rebalanced Was when a weight has fallen off one time.
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post #7 of 38 Old 08-12-2017, 10:41 AM
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The old bias tires i used to install on my Beemers I rarely balanced even when a tube was used.
I couldn't tell the difference. Only had one tire self destruct in a short run. An front Avon SMII on my sidecar rig.
if you keep the speeds under 80 mph, it probably doesn't matter.
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LOL, he was disappointed in the balance because it doesn't use beads?? Jeebus, I imagine he can't sleep a wink at night if there's a pea under his mattress.

I won't get into the whole "do they or don't they work" thing, but this has to be one of the silliest bitches I've ever heard someone make about another person's bike.

I think I'll skip balancing the next time I put a new tire on, just in honor of this motorcycle version of "The Princess and the Pea".
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One of my RoadStars the old 1600 has beads in it.Was dome by the PO. They seem fine. When I did all my own tires I usually never balanced my old work bikes.Just line the dot up with valve stem.A few did have a spot they felt not balanced but usual was good every other speed and none worth taking off and balance for the 97 mile round trip.IMO its the wheels that need balance more so than tires.I leave all weights on if a old bike I am throwing a tire on. A 650 Bonnie I rode with way back had the worse looking spot.At around 75mph you could see the wheel bounce. He said he could feel it but not near as bad as it looked.A little more or a little less and it went back to nice.
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I tried an experiment once. I balanced the wheel without a tire on it. When I put on the tire it was perfectly balanced. Like realshelby said, modern tires are made to a higher standard. GOOP and beads are gimmicks.
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