After a large 10mm thick and 120mm long construction bolt punctured my rear tyre (with only 7,000 gentle kays on it), decided to fit a 'same again' Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT. It still has the OEM front PR 4 on it and there is still plenty of life in that tyre with no cupping to speak of.
Although I considered doing both front and rear, my final take on this was that by the time the new rear is ready for replacement, the front definitely will be too.
The bolt entered the tyre very near the tyre pressure monitor sticker so was concerned about potential damage from end of bolt either damaging it or the rim.
Being keen to learn about and do as much spanner twirling myself as possible, I pulled the rear wheel myself. Being a total newbie, I wanted to take my time and do it right. Checked out this video first and went at it - many thanks Grumpy Goat!
Wow! How easy is this? Only tools I needed were:
1) a T25 torx socket (for the two screws on exhaust header to OEM silencer heat shield);
2) a T40 (for silencer hanger bolt);
3) a 13mm socket or spanner (for the exhaust header to silencer clamp nut) and finally;
4) a T50 (for the 6x wheel to hub mounting bolts).
5) a torque wrench to tighten the 6x wheel mounting bolts to 60 Newton metres.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find the rear wheel removal and reinstallation is quite literally a 5-minute job each way, even for a total newbie like me.
Took the bare wheel to Balmain Motorcycles, our local motorcycle tyre specialist here in Sydney. On pulling the tyre, happily discovered only two very tiny scratches on the inner surface of the rim about 25mm from the typre pressure sensor box. Dodged a bullet there.
$331 for tyre with free fitting and balancing of my loose wheel and I was on my way again. Took the opportunity to thoroughly clean in and around the rear end and suspension of the bike and re-fitted wheel. Looking fwd to first ride, hopefully today. Happy days!
I know that shop well as my parent's house where I grew up is one street away off Mansfield street - agreed rear wheel removal is straight forward exercise. The front-wheel removal is easy as well. Good job!
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