Tire Balance

2slow

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I noticed on my new Himalayan that their were no balance weights in the rims did RE balance the wheels from the factory?
 

oldphart

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Yeah, my Himmy came with no tyre balance weights, so imagine my shock and horror when I fitted new tyres and we started to add weight, and more weight, and a shitload more weight, just to get the tyre to balance.

I fitted Mitas E07 tyres. These don't have the red spot showing the heavy spot... unless there's a secret mark I don't know about (I did notice a brand inside the tyre, maybe that's it). I reckon there'd be some benefit in just shifting the tyre for best balance and then adding weights, but I was doing this manually, I think that's a job for a tyre machine.
 

Robert

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Holland
Just wondering: if there's so much weight going on one spot of the wheel, isn't it worth trying to turn the tire say 180 degrees relative to the wheel? Or first try to balance the wheel without tire so you know where the heavy spot in the rim is?
 

oldphart

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Just wondering: if there's so much weight going on one spot of the wheel, isn't it worth trying to turn the tire say 180 degrees relative to the wheel? Or first try to balance the wheel without tire so you know where the heavy spot in the rim is?
That'd be the smart thing to do, but for it to be practical, you need a tyre fitting machine, doing it in the backyard with tyre levers would become tedious very quickly.
 

thresher

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If you have three tire irons it makes quick work of taking the tire off. I put it in the bed of the pickup in 10 minutes later the new tire is on and aired up... CEAT came on the bike and I'm going back to kenda's. At 45 miles an hour and I Don't know why, the bike shakes but nowhere else above or below this speed. I've had good luck with the kendas I'm going to keep them... My first Himalayan came with pirellis and they were fantastic but I'm not paying $150 a tire
 

Kiwiscoot

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I am on my second set of tyres running balancing beads and the tyres run as smooth as. First set was Shinko 804/805 and I got 12 000 kms out of them. Just put a set of Motoz Tractionator GPS's on last weekend and they run smooth with the balancing beads as well. 2oz in each wheel.

I put the Motoz Tractionators on myself with two short travel tyre levers and even tho the walls are pretty stiff they went on easily using ArmourAll to lubricate the tyre and rim.
 

2slow

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Usa
I ended up putting rideon in mine there nice and smooth however I never really had any shimmy's Kiwiscoot what size 805 did you run on the rear I don’t see one listed in a 120/90-17
 
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