This is my first time removing an old motorcycle tire and mounting a new one. I've done bicycle tires, so I gather this is the same thing - but different.
That is, a lot stinking harder with the stiff sidewalls of a dual purpose motorcycle tire.
The bike has the factory spokes wheels, ~8800 miles on it and this is the first tire change for the bike.
I'm watching videos about removal and mounting.
Bike: '15 DL650A "XT" w/ spoked wheels
Tires: Mitas E07 Dakars
Motion Pro Bead breaker
Two additional combination spoon/wrenches to match the size of the rear axle bolt and nut.
3 gallon air compressor
A gallon of tire bead lube
Adventuretech's front axle bolt tool thingy
1st question: is the 8 in the picture the "dot"? That is, is it the lightest spot on the tire that should be mounted by the stem?
2nd question: is there any reason why I shouldn't remove the paper label inside the tire? (Second picture)
3rd question: can I remove the wheel weights and just use the correct amount (7 ounces front, 9 ounces rear) of "Ride-on Tire-Balancer and Sealant" motorcycle formula and expect the tire to be balanced when I ride it? (Third picture)
4: Any other "gotchas" I should watch for?
Thanks in advance for your help.
PS I looked at the 7014 different tire threads and thought, "I'd like to change my tire sometime this weekend, so I'll ask."