My tire tale - new Pirelli Scorpion rear
I had 11,000+ miles on the stock tires for my Glee. Two weeks ago I found a nail in the rear tire. There had been no pressure loss, so maybe I should have left well-enough alone. But, I couldn't do that!
I pulled the nail, hoping the Ride-on would seal it up. To my great disappointment, it didn't. Even with a few pump-up and test runs to warm up the tire and spread the goo around (I hoped). So, I ended up plugging the nail hole with the gooey string type plug, and rode on it for another 500 mile or so while I waited for a new tire to get delivered.
This was my first moto tire change, and it was quite a learning process. It went according to plan, but took a lot of wrestling and re-starting. It also took longer than I hoped. I used large c-clamps to break the beads. Next time I hope to invent some leverage device as seen on the interwebs.
For the new tire, I decided to go with a Pirelli Scorpion Trail Dual Sport. They got some good reviews (though not much from Strommers). It looked like a balanced choice for a 95% / 5% rider. And, they were on the cheap side of the premium tires ($145 at motorcycle-superstore, free shipping). I did a rough and ready static balance using sawhorses and the rear axle. Then added Ride-on to this tire.
Today was my first ride and we had a heavy Virginia downpour. So, with a brand new tire and rain-slick roads, I didn't do any testing of the limits. But, I get a good feel from the tire.
I think I could have gotten about another 2,000 miles off the original rear. The front tire is going strong so I kept it. I'd like to replace both tire for esthetics, but this will have to work for now with my budget.
In review, I was disappointed with the Ride-on, but when I took the tire off, I saw that the nail hole was just 1/4 inch shy of the covered area. Nothing's perfect, and I went with the Ride-on again for the balancing and extended tire life. I also decided I should have a plug kit with me on the bike.
I now can think about what to do with the front tire when the time comes.
I am glad I did the change myself, a shop would have been faster at the work, but then I'd have to transport the bike/tire. They'd be much more professional, but, there's a good amount of feel-good from doing it yourself in the garage - and knowing you can do it!
Last edited by MrNobody; 05-08-2013 at 12:00 PM.
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