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Kickstand as a tire iron?

An old riding buddy sent me this video (YouTube link to StromFestWest 2008) that a friend of his from the San Diego Adventure Riders/Red Hot Riders motorcycle made recently. If you look about 2:20 into the video you'll see an interesting technique for breaking the bead on a tire.

I've never done a from-the-inside repair on the road, always settled for cheap plug kits and a ride to a motorcycle shop. ...hard to imagine doing that solo too.

The rest of the video isn't bad either, if you don't mind that the bike is a VStrom.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 2008, 11:35 am
 
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This trick goes back to a time when tires had tubes and plug was not an option.

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An old riding buddy sent me this video (YouTube link to StromFestWest 2008) that a friend of his from the San Diego Adventure Riders/Red Hot Riders motorcycle made recently. If you look about 2:20 into the video you'll see an interesting technique for breaking the bead on a tire.

I've never done a from-the-inside repair on the road, always settled for cheap plug kits and a ride to a motorcycle shop. ...hard to imagine doing that solo too.

The rest of the video isn't bad either, if you don't mind that the bike is a VStrom.

Cool video!! And I don't mind one bit that the bike is a Suzuki V-Strom!!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 2008, 1:08 pm
 
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So how does he get it back on the bead? The 'ol starter fluid and matches trick? Get the tire set up mostly on the bead, spray inside with starting fluid, throw a couple matches at it. Whoomp! The thing lights up and pops the tire back onto the bead. Seen it done, never tried it myself. I still have all my fingers, toes and eyebrows.
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I used that same bead breaking technique on a K12RS rear wheel (that had a split valve stem) on a Sunday afternoon in VA mountains.

also done the starting fluid bead seating many times on Jeeps, 4 wheelers, etc.

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