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Suggested Tire Iron/Spoons

Post #1 by cmyoch » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:48 pm

I understand that the R/R of a cycle tire is an essential skill. Especially if you run into issues miles from home. One of my other bikes (non GL) needs new shoes and I think I want to take a crack at replacing them myself. I've read that the more spoon shaped irons are preferred more to prevent tube punctures plus a little easier to maneuver. There is a wide variety of spoons online. Motion Pro has a looped handle end for better grip, others are a straight bar and some have a plastic handle.

Does anyone have experience with the different styles and can recommend which is easiest to use so i don't have the trial and error test myself?
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Post #3 by jdvorchak » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:53 am

I have two sets and usually use them both on a tire. I use the motion pro small bars with the loop on the end and the cheap chrome plated bars from Harborfreight when I need extra leverage to push the bead down into the gap.

changing your tires on a trip is probably not something you want to try on the side of the road. Get towing insurance like they offer as a member of GWRAA. I've had that insurance since 2008 and they will tow anything except a commercial vehicle up to 100 miles. Check out the Rescue Plus towing they offer.

I had my Hyundai towed 99 miles last year and my son just had an Infinity towed here from St. Louis. Cost $80 a year and as far as I know there is no limit to how many times a year you can have a tow.
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Post #4 by jdvorchak » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:56 am

The 3 essential tools I carry on a trip.
1. Credit Card
2. Towing insurance
3. Cell phone
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Post #5 by robin1731 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:25 am

One nice thing about having automatic renewal with AMA. Free towing.

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Re: Suggested Tire Iron/Spoons

Post #6 by Track T 2411 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:03 pm

I agree with the towing insurance, etc. but back to your question... I like the longer spoons, myself. Just better leverage and easier to hold in place. I also bought some nylon rim protectors as I really don't want to mar the rim.
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Post #7 by scootsx2 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:47 pm

+1 on the towing coverage.

I have used the Motion Pro tools to remove/replace tires in my garage. Did it on a couple of wheels, not too bad, but now I just take my wheels to a shop to have them done.
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Post #8 by ritalz » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:57 pm

I like the longer spoons also. I have three of them now. For rim protectors, I cut up an old milk jug and place pieces under the iron before prying.
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Re: Suggested Tire Iron/Spoons

Post #9 by Pony Ruiz » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:48 pm

Not that difficult...good to know.
I think i used at least 2 long and one short. Held one down with a knee.
Looked a you tube vids for awhile.
Dont forget to carry a tube too.
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Re: Suggested Tire Iron/Spoons

Post #10 by jdvorchak » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:04 pm

I like the shorter ones because with the first bite you can hook it under the brake rotor and it holds it for you. Also the Motion Pro has a little lip on the spoon which helps a lot when you're putting the bead back on the rim. Once set it won't slip out.
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The person with the most toys wins!
If it has wheels or a skirt you can't afford it.
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2008 HD Dyna Low Rider
83 KZ1100L1 Shaft
81 GS750EX

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