Can i change my tires?
Got my PR3s ordered today through a local dealer. Surprisingly, they matched the cheapest price that i found online, but they busted me with $20 worth of tax...
Regardless, the main incentive for going through the dealer was the fact that theyd knock the fee to swap tires down to $21 apiece instead of $50 apiece if i got the tires off of them. But $40 is still $40, so im wondering if i should try to tackle the swap myself. The bike (07 650) has the stock style of tire on it, but at 25k miles, i dont suspect theyre the originals.
My previous tire experience: ive changed quite a few car/truck tires and would consider myself fairly capable, but the only bike tires that ive messed with have been on my tubed 08 klr (and 3 or 4 scooter tire swaps). I swapped the old distanzias out for new trail attacks on the spoked klr wheels.
Tools that ive got and used for the klr swap: Motion Pro bead breaker (the blue plastic one, looks like a tiny shovel), 4 Tusk rim protectors, 3 decent bike tire spoons, 5 gallon bucket (with 3/8" fuel hose wrapped around the top for rim traction/protection), soapy water.
The front tire on the klr literally disbeaded itself once i let the air out of the tube; the rear took a bit more persuasion with the bead breaker. Ive got an idea that these tubeless tires on the wee will be a bear to disbead, but if i can get them broken down, i *think* i can spoon them off of the rims and get the new ones spooned back on.
For those of you that have done the deed, would it appear that i could do this swap myself with what ive got, or should i just bite the bullet right off the bat and blow the $42 before i scratch my rims/rip my beads?
Thanks for any input!