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post #11 of 64 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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@Synycalwon - Thanks...good info. I too should clarify, while I do like to ride aggressively on the twisties I really only drop the hammer in a few locations where the road calls for it and the risks vis-a-vis residential or commercial neighborhoods are absent. Otherwise I really don't go more than +10 to 15 MPH above the speed limit and am otherwise cruising along like a good citizen...speed limit or below in residential areas. I do enjoy those opportunities most of all though and Arden Valley Road in Harriman State Park is my favorite of all...as it is for nearly every bike owner within reasonable range of the park. But most of the time you won't see me flying along like I was shot from a gun. I just thought it important to convey that I do enjoy leaning it over here and there when the time is right. And if there were more opportunities I'd do it all that more often.

@VN750Guy** Looks like my rear and front tires were manufactured in weeks 41 & 42 of 2015 respectively...thanks. It's a 2016 bike that I bought in early 2017 so they didn't sit on a shelf for too long before being put into service.

As I watch some YouTube videos I'm thinking more and more that I'll purchase the necessary tools and do it myself. It will pretty much pay for itself on the first change. Plus I just picked up a starter bike for my son yesterday so in the long run there will be two bikes to service so it makes sense to just pull the trigger and go for it now.

Having said that, I have the rear tire covered in terms of jacking the rear of the bike up for maintenance and so wheel removal is covered there. But what about the front of the bike? How do I get that off the ground so I can remove the wheel?

It would really suck to be ready to replace the front tire only to realize I have no way to raise the front end and get the wheel off!! I'd still be able to ride since the Dunlop is fine but it would be silly to buy the new tire and then have to solve the jacking mystery.

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I managed to get about 7k out of the rear Angel GT and about 9k for the front. I did the front swap a couple months ago using this lift, just be sure to have the bike on a rear stand first.

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@KeepRidin thanks, very helpful!
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@KeepRidin thanks, very helpful!
Just curious how many miles you have on that rear tire? Im at 4600 and its a bit flat in the middle but still above the wear indicators.

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I can't personally help you on the matter of getting the front end off the ground. My 750 comes with a center stand which is a gift from heaven. I can easily get either wheel off the ground.

Recently, within the past two months I think, there was a thread about stands that can lift the 650 S rear end up for maintenance purposes. I didn't really read the thread too deeply but it might have some help in it about the front also. Maybe.

Or just hang tight and someone will come along with a good answer for you.

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@Sapro I have 7,955 miles on the bike...tires are the original Dunlop's. But to be clear it's in VERY sad shape now and absolutely ridden beyond its lifespan. I'm quite fortunate not to have wrecked on my last few rides. Realistically I should have been looking to replace around 7,400 miles.

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Tires and tools ordered...Revzilla and Amazon love me.

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Definitely replace the front the front Angel Gt is designed to push water away from the rear wheel,not only that the grip/compound is superior, It also doesnít have the siping lines that the OE front had, that followed every groove in the road.


I got 4600 on my original rear, was flat spotted (no chicken strips)



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Was just cleaning and putting my bike away for the day and saw the black strip of stick on wheel weights (inside edge of wheel) the dealer has been putting on (believe the stock ones were just metal clip-ons to the center of the wheel). It got me thinking, for those that replace your own tires how do you balance them?
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You can get a balance stand (which is what I've used the past couple times). Thinking about it though I don't see any reason why you couldn't balance the tire once it's back on the bike, just before the brake caliper is reinstalled.

As for weights I have a brick of the black stick-ons that I believe will last me a lifetime
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