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Dirtbike Tire Changing - The Real Story, Part 1

I have a confession to make... I have never changed a dirtbike tire myself!

Everytime I have bought a new dirtbike tire I would always have the shop fit it. If I got a flat at the track it meant it was time to load up the bike, take the wheel off at home and back to the local dirtbike shop for them to fit a new tube.

Now i'm over forty and the dirtbike budget has been radically reduced (on the list after mortgage, school fees, utilities bills, grocery shopping... shoes) lucky if have the cash fot the tire, let alone the twenty bucks more to get it fitted!

After watching countless dirtbike tire change videos, filimg tire change videos, even uploading tire change videos to my channel on youtube, I decided to have a go for myself.

Funny thing is, I had uploaded a video called 'Easy Dirtbike Tire Changes' and at my first attempt, it was far from easy!

This video is part 1 of three - the removal of the tire.

 


I learnt a lot of things from doing it myself that will make the next time much easier. Things like:

  • Wear gloves!
  • Get three tire levers
  • Break the bead
  • Work at keeping the tire in towards the center of the rim
  • Good technique is key!

Even though I don't need to change my rear tire, I got a good online deal on a Metzeler rear tire so i'll be doing another dirtbike tire change before the new season starts.

Part 2 - Rim change

 

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